November 19-21, 2024


Enrich your career with shared learning, inspiration, and exploration of new innovations and best practices in wellness.


7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Mitigating risk of falls

Falls are a major challenge for older adults. The need to mitigate this risk has resulted in innovative programming and adaptive devices. By attending this session, you will hear how these 3 presenters are tackling this challenge.

S3 Balance: Three key programming components led to a record reduction in falls, following results of a 2022 study of high risk residents in senior living communities.
Speaker: Colin Hoobler, Founder/CEO

Harness Fit: Harness supported activities and effective rehab exercises that build strength can help reduce falls in at-risk older adults and keep them safe.
Speaker: Rosalie Lucas

Medical Fitness Solutions: This company was founded on the belief that a consistent, balanced approach to rehabilitation and wellness can mitigate the risk of falls and speed recovery from acute care. Self care, especially nutrition and regular exercise, are core components of this non-pharmacological approach.
Speaker: Dean Sbragia, CEO, Medical Fitness Solutions
Moderator: Lawrence Biscontini

Leading group art projectsJulia Goldie

Art is amazing therapy. It boosts cognitive function, improves mood, enhances motor skills and promotes self-expression. Learn how to help your participants create individual art pieces that you can then turn into a final group masterpiece. You will receive templates and instructions for over 15 group art projects, as well as ideas for gathering affordable art supplies.

You’ll be able to:

  • Set up and offer instruction for more than 15 group art projects.
  • Recognize which skills and tools to use to create a variety of seasonal, holiday and general projects.
  • Combine individual art projects into one final group project and display the projects.

Faculty: Julia Goldie, BFA, Functional Aging Specialist, Recreation Director, ERA Living.

Utilizing collaboration to drive your community’s ROE (return on engagement)Kelly Berger & Ashlie Burnett

Our work as Community Life Services (CLS) professionals seldom directly generates measurable return on investment (ROI). However, our programs do generate ROE (return on engagement). Although harder to measure, more ROE in the long run translates to more ROI for our community. Learn how to shift the focus from ROI to ROE and educate stakeholders about the importance of a top-performing CLS department in your community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify potential opportunities for collaboration both within and outside the community to drive ROE.
  • Determine the appropriate metrics, benchmarks for measuring ROE.
  • Articulate the importance of adequate funding to support meaningful, impactful programming.

Faculty: Kelly Berger, BS, CPRP, Director of Resident Experience, Wyndemere Senior Living, and Corporate Resource Team Member, LCS; and Ashlie Burnett, BS, CTRS, Director of Community Life Services, The Heritage at Brentwood, and Corporate Resource Team Member, LCS.

Creating a quality culture and environment in dementia careLeslie Fuller

People living with dementia experience mental processing changes that alter their ability to communicate. Their anxiety, fear and frustrations can be lowered when communication partners acknowledge those changes and challenges and adjust their own communication style. With a person-centered approach, you can use thoughtful body language, tone and word choice to improve the quality of interactions, leading to better caregiving and increased staff satisfaction in dementia-care settings.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the historical change in the senior living industry from an institutional model to a person-centered approach.
  • Identify dementia-related brain changes that alter a person’s language and cognitive abilities.
  • Adjust tone, body language, emotional connections and word choice to improve caregiving interactions and promote more positive communication with people living with dementia.

Faculty: Leslie Fuller, MSW, Founder and CEO, Inspired Senior Care.

Use social media platforms to connect with your audienceAndrea Beall

In the healthcare industry, it is easy to think you need to use every available method of marketing. Realistically, it is better to focus on the platform that works best for you. Before you turn to any social media platform—such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn or Instagram—make sure it reaches your target demographic and that you can create the content that performs best on that channel.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify which platform will work best for your organization.
  • Assign a purpose to your content.
  • Set up frequencies to consistently reach your audience.

Faculty: Andrea Beall, BS, Director of Marketing, Flagship Rehabilitation.

Adaptive exercise for people with arthritisCindy Senk

Arthritis, a disease that affects the joints, is a leading cause of disability in the US. Fitness/wellness professionals should understand how to safely and effectively work with clients who have arthritis. This workshop will define arthritis and show how exercise can help break the chronic pain cycle. Guidelines for cardiovascular exercise, muscular fitness and flexibility will be discussed, and specific arthritis-friendly exercise equipment will be demonstrated. Learn how to design and implement exercise programs for people with arthritis.

You’ll be able to:

  • Teach clients with arthritis how to adapt kneeling and standing exercises to meet their needs.
  • Lead clients through a joint check.
  • Offer exercise choices when clients are experiencing an arthritis flare-up.

Faculty: Cindy Senk, MEd, CPT, E-RYT, Owner, Movement for All.

Conductorcise: Celebrate 20 years of body, brain stimulation through MUSIC JOYDavid Dworkin

Eighty-eight-year-old David Dworkin shares 20 years of data and research about using the art of conducting to encourage older adults to move, listen and create brain cells. Various musical examples will be presented, and you will receive a repertoire to work with participants from independent-living to memory-care settings. Experience the physical and mental stimulation of boosting psychological well-being through music and motion.

You’ll be able to:

  • Practice basic conducting patterns and how to listen and pace programs
  • Recognize composers, time periods and music genres.
  • Use a program to enhance lives of older adults and improve relationships with families and staff.

Faculty: David Dworkin, MA, MEd, President, Conductorcise.

8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Close the health care gap by “squaring off the curve”Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH

“Live longer, feel the best you’ve ever felt and reduce your health care costs.” In his mission to help people improve both the quality and quantity of their lives, preventive medicine pioneer Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper has studied healthy people for more than 50 years. Over this period, “the father of aerobics” has proven that fitness is a vital sign through research and preventive medicine and wellness services. Today, with a database of more than 150,000 patients and 300,000 maximal performance treadmill stress tests, Cooper Clinic and its research center have proven the value of exercise in the practice of preventive medicine. These men and women are living 10 years longer than the national average. And they tend to “square off the curve,” that is, live a long, healthy life that ends without prolonged illness—86.5 years for men and 90.5 years for women. Cooper’s research shows those in the top category of fitness have 40% lower Medicare costs than those in the bottom level. Your clients and you can do the same with a few simple steps to Get Cooperized™. In addition, while chronic inflammation is on the rise, it is being ignored in the practice of medicine. Explore the multitude of diseases triggered by low-grade, long-term chronic inflammation, as well as the best ways to control it.

You’ll be able to:

  • Improve the quality and quantity of people’s lives with proven research from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study.
  • Educate clients on how to “square off the curve” for a longer, more productive life.
  • Identify the causes of inflammation and steps to prevent chronic inflammation and its harmful effects.

Faculty: Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, preventive medicine pioneer, is founder and chairman of the Dallas, Texas-based Cooper Aerobics Center, home of six health and wellness companies and renowned nonprofit research center The Cooper Institute.

Unlock the future: Closing gaps is the “key”Colin Milner

The future of wellness is person centered. Solutions will be precise and designed for the individual—an approach supported by in-the-moment technology, engaging and well environments, meaningful programs and connections, and highly skilled staff. Whether seen in life developments or detected via monitoring, the resulting active and passive outcomes will become the heart of a model created to extend healthspan and promote wellness. Yet, achieving this future relies on how well you manage the “now” by closing the gaps between aspiration, realization and implementation. No matter how much you believe in wellness, the long-term success of your wellness culture (or program) will be determined by gaps between the importance you ascribe to it within your community or organization and the effectiveness with which you implement it. Prepare now to unlock the future. This thought-provoking session will offer guidance and outline strategies to help you identify and close gaps that could impede your ability to embrace the future of wellness—and fully reap its benefits and rewards.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss what the future could hold for wellness and what success will require.
  • Identify gaps that could impede your organization’s ability to move into the future with a firm foundation.
  • Create strategies for closing your wellness gaps.

Faculty: Colin Milner, Founder and CEO, International Council on Active Aging.

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Measuring what you manage

Only 35% of ICAA survey respondents use outcomes to quantify how effective their wellness culture and programs are. This oversight—not measuring what we manage—has consequences. By attending this session, you will learn how these 4 organizations are managing engagement and outcomes, resulting in higher quality of life, person centered experiences and staff retention.

Linked Senior: State of Resident Engagement in 2022 explores through data this core business priority to drive occupancy and retain staff by maximizing quality of life and satisfaction.
Speaker: Charles de Vilmorin, Co-Founder/CEO

Welbi: Learn the benefits of using technology and data to enable person-centered experiences for your residents.
Speaker: Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau, CEO

LifeLoop: Defining the metrics that matter can help amplify resident engagement and overall well-being. This software enhances care, service, and family and resident engagement by ensuring a flow of communication.
Speaker: Nick Nemer, Vice President

TSOLife Inc: What makes data good and why is it important to have quality data for ROI? We will show efficient and effective ways to collect, analyze and implement business intelligence through this first of its kind resident insight platform for senior living.
Speaker: David Sawyer, Founder/CEO
Moderator: Lawrence Biscontini

Engaging activities on a shoestring budgetPatricia Gelinas, Sarah Robertson & Amy Simmons

Today’s senior living residents expect more than just bingo and trivia, so communities should be ready to offer meaningful and purposeful activities that appeal to residents with varying levels of acuity and abilities. Explore hands-on arts and craft projects that engage the emotional, occupational, physical and social dimensions of wellness. Handouts will detail materials, approximate costs and the multidimensional approach associated with each activity. Leave with hands-on craft projects to share with your community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Provide hands-on activities to residents with memory-impaired diagnoses.
  • Prepare no-fail projects on a shoestring budget by utilizing low-cost materials or supplies you already have in your community.
  • Engage residents in individual and adaptive projects that can stir fond memories and encourage movement.

Faculty: Patricia Gelinas, AS, Lifestyle and Health Coordinator; Sarah Robertson, BA, CPT, National Director of Training and Customer Support–Wellness Services, and Amy Simmons, BA, CAD, National Director of Training and Customer Support–Wellness Services, Aegis Therapies/EnerG by Aegis.

Partnerships, platforms and place: Keys to delivering person-centered well-beingLynne Katzmann, Katie Kensinger & Patricia Jacobs

Using data and technology to enhance engagement experiences, Juniper Communities uses the Catalyst program to deliver a more personalized approach across all dimensions of wellness. This new, high-tech, high-touch program supports resident engagement and creates community hubs that shift the staffing paradigm and foster experiences beyond community walls. Catalyst uses community partnerships, tech-enabled lifestyle services and person-centered programming to deliver experiences.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop tech-enabled strategies that align programming with dimensions of wellness and expand your brand into the greater community.
  • Extend service offerings and create new staffing models through unique partnerships.
  • Use data to improve quality of life and engagement for the Boomer generation.

Faculty: Lynne Katzmann, PhD, Founder and CEO, Katie Kensinger, BS, Director of Social Media and Assistant Director, Sales and Marketing, Patricia Jacobs, BS, National Director of Catalyst Juniper Communities.

Keys to building a successful engagement plan for persons with dementiaAJ Cipperly

Learn how to provide meaningful opportunities to engage people with dementia throughout the day. Find out how to engage a person as dementia progresses and also when special challenges arise, such as exit-seeking, wandering and increased fall risks. Specific, hands-on care partner skills will be modeled and practiced, and ways to create an inviting and safe environment will be discussed.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the difference between providing meaningful engagement and “activities.”
  • Demonstrate positive physical approach and common modifications that can reduce distress, encourage acceptance of assistance and improve outcomes for people living with dementia and providers.
  • Optimize the environment to support engagement and foster successful days for both people living with dementia and their care partners.

Faculty: AJ Cipperly, MEd, CMDCP, CDAL, National Director Memory Care, AlerisLife.

Blind spots: Finding fitness opportunities for older adults with visual impairmentsAndrew Lingelbach

Physical activity is essential to the human experience, but the fitness industry often has a blind spot for older adults with visual impairments. The presenter, who is legally blind, combines his life and professional fitness industry experiences to describe exercise modalities and strategies that will encourage visually impaired older adults to be more active. This session will show how serving this often-overlooked population can lead to business growth opportunities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Design programs for visually impaired adults.
  • Identify business opportunities in an underserved demographic.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion and belonging in an underserved demographic.

Faculty: Andrew Lingelbach, BS, CPT, Fitness Specialist, Erickson Senior Living/Oak Crest Village.

Themed yogaTerry Eckmann

Yoga is a practice of the mind, body and spirit. Embracing a yoga class with a specific theme brings another dimension to the practice. Explore a variety of theme options and receive an easy-to-use template for planning. Mantra, movement, mudra, music and more make this a must-do experience.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the why, what and how of themed yoga.
  • Participate in and take home a seated friendship yoga class.
  • Connect mantra, movement, mudra, music and more.

Faculty: Terry Eckmann, PhD, RYT 500, Professor, Minot State University.

Dual-task brain trainingCammy Dennis & Ryan Glatt

Get on the “Brain Train” and discover how to implement cognitive-boosting benefits into your group fitness classes. The exercises in this session combine carefully crafted fitness drills with cognitive challenges. Merging motor and cognitive demands is dual tasking. This workshop will lead you through physical exercises, both seated and standing, with the addition of simultaneous thinking drills. Come away with a host of new programming ideas as well as a means for developing your own.

You’ll be able to:

  • Examine curriculum planning templates for developing a brain health class.
  • Construct dual-task exercises.
  • Define the difference between “motor-motor” and “cognitive-motor” exercises.

Faculty: Cammy Dennis, BS, ACE, Fitness Director, On Top of the World Communities; and Ryan Glatt, MS, CPT, NBC-HWC, Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Pacific Brain Health Center.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)/unstructured time

Grab a meal, catch up with colleagues, review notes, prepare for the next session, etc.

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Building safety in diverse ways

Safety in community living comes from many arenas that all inform quality of life—from who comes in contact with resident or members, to the isolation of incontinence and cyberattacks on health records. By attending this session, you will learn how these 3 presenters engage diverse views of the topic.

SENI: Urinary incontinence in older adults can be socially isolating and emotionally challenging, but there are positive ways to build quality of life.
Speaker: Rosemary Laird

ThriveWell Tech: How do you safeguard your healthcare community against cyberattacks? Learn about real life ransomware attacks and best practices in preventing IT vulnerabilities.
Speaker: Nick Patel, President

Accushield: Who is visiting your residents? Our in depth analysis draws from 6,000 communities, data from third party providers as well as all important family visits.
Speaker: Charles Mann, CSO/Founder
Moderator: Lawrence Biscontini

Solo Agers: Major players in the future of senior livingSara Zeff Geber

Solo Agers are older adults without family support. The Baby Boom generation has twice as many solo agers as did their parents’ generation, and this growth is an unprecedented opportunity for senior living communities. However, adjustments need to be made to attract and serve this cohort of active adults. Communities that seize this opportunity to serve solo agers must become not just their homes, but their families as well. Explore unique ways of meeting the social and emotional needs of this growing group of older adults.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the unique housing and support needs of solo agers.
  • Design programs to help your community meet the expectations and aspirations of this growing cohort.
  • Set up systems that facilitate family-like bonding and care, resident-to-resident, resident-to-staff and staff-to-staff.

Faculty: Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, Founder, President, LifeEncore.

How to run life enrichment like a businessAlicia Fenstermacher & Charles de Vilmorin

Resident engagement, which is foundational to person-centered care and a key asset for marketing senior living communities, remains the least-managed side of senior living operations. Learn about nationwide benchmarks, easy-to-implement tools such as the SWOT framework and the newly developed Elder Engagement Performance Index, plus lessons “from the trenches” that show how to improve resident engagement and maximize quality of life. Find out how finally to get credit for enriching residents’ lives from other departments and current/prospective family members.

You’ll be able to:

  • Optimize resident engagement and experiences despite challenging circumstances.
  • Apply evidence-based business and resident-engagement frameworks that will optimize life enrichment within 45 days.
  • Enable clinical and marketing collaboration with the life enrichment department.

Faculty: Alicia Fenstermacher, MSW, CDP, Vice President of Purposeful Living, Presbyterian Senior Living; and Charles de Vilmorin, MA, CEO and Co-Founder, Linked Senior.

Transforming your community with age/dementia-friendly readingLaura Ellen Christian

This session shakes up conventional notions about what adult text should look like, what it means to read and the reading capacities of individuals living with dementia. Learn how cognitive change affects reading abilities, how to create accessible reading material and how independent, self-directed reading for residents can enrich an entire care community. Practice modifying standard articles and analyze videos of residents interacting with accessible books and participating in resident-directed reading groups.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create age- and dementia-friendly reading material.
  • Incorporate accessible, leisurely reading into the lives of people living with dementia.
  • Identify the positive impact of accessible reading on residents, employees, families and the broader community.

Faculty: Laura Ellen Christian, BSeD, Vice President of Client Engagement, AGE-u-cate Training Institute.

The business case for heart-centered leadershipTom Johnston

The old style of command-and-control management no longer works. Today’s workforce craves human connection, and leaders at every level of an organization have an opportunity to fill that void by leading with their heart. The latest research shows why heart-centered leadership makes for a better workplace, happier employees and increased profits.

You’ll be able to:

  • Take an Energy Influencer self-assessment.
  • Take a six-minute behavioral assessment and receive a free behavioral report.
  • Practice active listening to improve communication and connection.

Faculty: Tom Johnston, Founder, Talent Optimizer Group.

PANEL Wellness: Going all in!Mark Andrew, Karen Lloyd, Annie Shaffer, Robert Sorenson, William Meyers & Colin Milner (moderator)

What is required to create a compelling, successful and award-winning wellness culture? One word: Commitment. By “going all in,” wellness moves from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Programs are cutting-edge, staff are valued and upskilled frequently, marketing inspires personal growth, environments enhance health/wellness, policies support/embrace opportunities, and departments integrate to support wellness across the organization.

You’ll be able to:

  • Summarize what it takes to get a commitment to “go all in.”
  • Describe how “going all in” changes culture.
  • Discuss the return on investment from “going all in.”

Faculty: Mark Andrew, Senior Vice President, Tapestry; Karen Lloyd, ACC, CDP, Director of Lifestyle, Friendship Village of Bloomington; Annie Shaffer, RN, LNHA, ACSM CEP, Wellness Director, Sunnyside Communities; Robert Sorenson, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, Director of Wellness, Moorings Park; William Meyers, Assistant Vice President, Wellness Strategies, Mather; and Colin Milner, Founder and CEO, International Council on Active Aging (moderator).

Technology and older adults: What’s out there and what’s comingJeff Weiss

Explore the role that technology is playing to help older adults lead happier and healthier lives. In addition to outlining general trends related to older adults and their use of/interest in technology, this session will provide examples of new products and services that use technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, to improve their lives. Gain a glimpse, too, of emerging technology that may impact the lives of older adults, along with some of the concerns and barriers that might hinder adoption.

You’ll be able to:

  • Express a stronger perspective on the technology currently used to enhance the lives of older adults.
  • Outline a glimpse into future technology that will impact the lives of older adults.
  • Discuss the potential concerns of older adults and barriers to their adoption of new technology.

Faculty: Jeff Weis, President and CEO, Age of Majority.

ABCs of older-adult fitnessKimberly Huff

Older adults need agility (A) to move, balance (B) to prevent falls and adequate cognitive (C) function to coordinate and control movements. Exercise can improve the ABCs of movement! A fun combination of agility, balance and cognitive exercises can easily be incorporated into any class or individual exercise program. Learn how to provide safe progressions and motivational cues to make each exercise appropriate and safe for all.

You’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe exercises that will improve agility, balance and cognitive function and incorporate those exercises in groups or individual programs.
  • Demonstrate effective exercise progressions for agility and provide balance exercises appropriate for less-confident participants.
  • Demonstrate effective cueing and motivational techniques to improve mobility in participants who lack self-efficacy with agility and balance exercises.

Faculty: Kimberly Huff, BS, MS, CSCS, Director of Fitness and Wellness, Acts Retirement-Life Communities.

Take a load off hips and kneesJoy Cochran

Pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis hinders active living and the joy of walking for many older adults. Nordic walking poles can be a game-changing tool for managing hip and knee pain and improving posture, confidence and walking ability. Learn how specialized walking poles for older adults will energize walking programs and boost users’ confidence to perform hip and knee exercises.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe 10 evidence-based benefits associated with Nordic walking for managing hip and knee pain.
  • Identify how the Activator Technique can improve posture, reduce stress on hips and knees and improve confidence in walking.
  • Perform the Activator PUSH technique with five hip and knee standing exercises to maximize balance, posture and flexibility.

Faculty: Joy A Cochran, PT, DPT, CEEAA, Founder and Owner JOY Explorations.

1:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

ICAA EXPO GRAND OPENING Florida Exhibition Hall A-B

Check out new and innovative product/service offerings for the active-aging industry at the ICAA Expo. Discover technologies, equipment and services to support multidimensional wellness from providers committed to meeting the industry’s needs.

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Training the brain

Brain health is more than only cognitive training; it is also dependent on sensory and motor systems. Neuroplasticity can be improved when programs include both thinking and moving. By attending these 4 sessions, you will learn how these innovative leaders have incorporated neurological, motor and cognitive development methods to mitigate cognitive decline.

Bright: Light therapy can be a flicker of hope for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Technology based products rooted in research bring easy to use educational solutions for preventing and managing cognitive decline.
Speakers: Wendy Bronfin, CEO, and Terry Moore, Chairman

Total Brain Health: Learn the bountiful benefits of social-based brain training in this personal cognitive fitness program.
Speakers: Cynthia Green, President

Dividat: The aging process affects sensory, motor and neuronal systems, essential for brain health. Learn why interplay is essential in cognitive motor development.
Speaker: Eva van het Reve PhD, Movement Scientist and Frank Arant, Director

Birdsong: Engagement technology can help combat loneliness and boredom in older adult communities by providing entertainment and connection.
Speaker: Aisha Azher, Marketing and Delivery Enablement Executive
Moderator: Lawrence Biscontini

The perfect one-month wellness journeyAvery Villines

Take one month, add eight aspects of wellness, stir in some creative competition and you have a recipe for programming success! This session will describe several programs that can be started and completed in one month. Each program includes eight aspects of wellness, opportunities for cross-department collaboration and tools to keep participants motivated and engaged. Receive fun, creative and empowering ideas and a practical take-home guide to help implement them.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop relationships with local nonprofit organizations to help create meaningful programming.
  • Create programming ideas tailored to your budget, staffing and space.
  • Motivate participants with tips and tricks that can be used in any program.

Faculty: Avery Villines, BFA, Certified Water Fitness Instructor, Senior Director of Community Life Services, LCS Brandon Wilde, LLC.

PANEL Strategies to support engagement and a healthy lifestyle in senior livingNick Nemer, Stephanie Boreale & Maureen Garvey

Whether you manage a large provider or a small, single-site community, much of your focus is divided between maintaining the safety and well-being of residents while also supporting and retaining staff who care for them. How do we support residents’ autonomy and active lifestyle? How can we help associates maintain balance through an engaging, supportive work environment? Join our panel of experts and prepare for an interactive session as we share specific strategies and examples of success that you can utilize in your community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Help residents identify their own lifestyle goals and create individualized programs based on their unique needs.
  • Recognize how staff members’ satisfaction levels directly impact resident wellness.
  • Identify how the culture of your organization correlates to the empowerment of your staff members, residents and community.

Faculty: Nick Nemer, Vice President, LifeLoop; and Stephanie Boreale, National Director of Health Strategy, and Maureen Garvey, BA, CADDCT, Regional Director of Resident Programming, Watermark Retirement Communities.

PANEL Maximize your wellness program to improve resident (and financial) outcomesJoe Turngren (moderator), Stacey Judge & Colin Hoobler

Join our panel of experts to identify key elements that can transform your fitness amenity into a truly impactful wellness program for residents and your ROI. Gain proven strategies to maximize available space using an effective mix of equipment and programming; methods to activate resident engagement; and creative ways you can fund your program.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify ways to match your residents’ needs with the proper equipment and programming mix.
  • Recall tips to improve resident engagement and how it positively impacts your bottom line.
  • Explore creative ways to fund your wellness program.

Faculty: Joe Turngren, Medical Manager, Matrix Senior Living (moderator); Stacey Judge, BS, CPT, Wellness Program Director, Springpoint and Colin Hoobler, PT, DPT, MS, S3 Balance, LLC.

Look at the upside: A psychologist’s insights about aging wellJoseph Casciani

More people are living longer, and many will live well into their 90s and even to 100 and beyond. But will they live well? Hear an uplifting perspective on aging successfully, overcoming obstacles, managing setbacks and fostering the courage to start new chapters. Commit to moving forward with a fresh, positive mindset about the future and solutions to help lift depression and cultivate resilience, no matter how many bumps you encounter along the way.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize that thinking styles affect how well we cope with difficult events.
  • Implement the concept of “starting new chapters.”
  • Explain exceptions that can lift depression.

Faculty: Joseph Casciani, PhD, Geropsychologist, Living to 100 Club.

Leveraging balance technology: Healthcare afterthought becomes expectation of wellnessMike Studer, Robert Scales & Bryan Taylor

Balance should be considered an essential component of wellness. This multifaceted, high-level skill can be impacted across a wider net of conditions, comorbidities and aging effects. Improving balance and reducing fall risk, however, are only as effective as the accuracy of examination, and provision of intense, engaging treatment. Learn how novel applications in existing mobile and portable technologies will revolutionize balance rehabilitation to better integrate activities of daily living and engage individuals with meaningful results allowing for gamification and engagement.

You’ll be able to:

  • Apply principles of behavioral economics in balance testing and rehabilitation to maximize engagement, compliance and, ultimately, outcomes in fall prevention.
  • Apply novel concepts of functionally based balance testing to improve person-specific healthcare and wellness delivery for individuals with elevated fall risk.
  • Integrate technology for screening and interventions of fall prevention across an expanded scope of medical conditions and comorbid health profiles.

Faculty: Mike Studer, DPT, Co-Owner, Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness; Robert Scales, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness, Mayo Clinic; and Bryan Taylor, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness, Mayo Clinic–Florida.

Sharing dance with people living with dementiaRachel Bar

The joy and inherent benefits of dance are seen across cultures and throughout human history. Opportunities for accessible dance can offer many benefits to people living with dementia and their communities. Explore the ways a culture of dance can help challenge dementia-related stigma and discuss what accessible dance opportunities look and feel like. Time permitting, the session will include a brief demonstration of dances designed to be accessible for people living with dementia.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss why and how dance can support the health and well-being of older adults living with dementia.
  • Explain how dance opportunities challenge dementia-related stigma and support dementia-friendly communities.
  • Recognize ways to bring dance opportunities to community members living with dementia.

Faculty: Rachel Bar, PhD, Director, Research and Health, Canada’s National Ballet School.

How to add FUN to your workoutsSue Grant

Learn how to add levity and joy to workouts with fun partner activities, brain games, strength training options and seated activities in all three planes of motion. This session will help you spice up your fitness classes, whether virtual or in-person, with creative games and activities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Sprinkle in imaginative reaction drills, cognitive challenges and activities with cones, balls and balloons to personal training sessions and classes.
  • Implement lighthearted games either virtually or in person.
  • Transform “workouts” into “playouts.”

Faculty: Sue Grant, BA, Professional Certificate in Fitness Instruction and Exercise Science, Founder, Fit Tips For Pros, Older Wiser Workout.

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

ICAA "Generations over Dinner" Reception

The ICAA is taking part in the global launch of a new intergenerational initiative: Already thousands of folks have gathered at tables around the globe to connect over important conversations. The Founder of the initiative Michael Hebb will join us for a vibrant taste of the full experience. We will enjoy cocktails and culinary delights while sampling a few of the important conversational prompts that are core to the project. The initiative was built in partnership with Modern Elder Academy, CoGenerate and Stanford Center on Longevity.