November 8 - 10, 2022


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.

Pathway to quality of life: Pickleball’s origin and social, business aspectsJennifer Lucore & Robert Strommen

Discover the fun and fascinating origin of pickleball in a look at its 50 year history. Learn how this quirky name and game has transformed lives, physically and socially, for all ages as a fast-growing sporting activity. This session will also delve into the economics of adding pickleball to your programming to expand the quality and joy of life for those who embrace an active social lifestyle.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the origin of pickleball.
  • Describe the game's physical and social benefits.
  • Discuss the economics of adding pickleball to your programming.

Faculty: Jennifer Lucore, Author and Hall of Fame Pickleball Professional; and Robert Strommen, Managing Partner, Naples Pickleball Center.

Kinnections: A multimodal approach to optimizing brain healthSue Paul & Todd Andrews

Using conventional cognitive testing, clinical reasoning and evidence-based best practices, Asbury Methodist Village’s Kinnections Brain Health program systematically identifies neurocognitive deficits and creates individualized exercise and activity plans to improve residents’ brain health and cognitive function. The program can be used in all levels of care. Learn about the seven neurocognitive domains and therapeutic approaches to improving brain health, and see how Asbury helps residents maintain cognitive, physical and functional skills.

You’ll be able to:

  • Address brain health and cognitive well-being using a multimodal approach to provide global cognitive stimulation and targeted domain-specific programming.
  • Align cognitive testing outcomes with applicable therapeutic activities.
  • Develop a systematic approach to optimize brain health by engaging residents in individualized, domain-specific programming.

Faculty: Sue Paul, BS, FAS, Director of Wellness, Asbury Methodist Village; and Todd Andrews, BS, CASP, President, CCRC Division, Asbury Communities.

Empowering care partners through experiential learningLaura Ellen Christian & Susan Robbins

Participate in a mini dementia simulation experience. Glasses, gloves, and noise will be used to mimic what it might feel like to live with dementia. Then reflect on the experience in guided small groups and brainstorm approaches to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners. Learn about the benefits of combining experiential learning with microlearning strategies to turn knowledge into action. You will receive an Empowerment Tool and Huddle Guide to build communication skills and support further learning.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the benefits of combining experiential training and microlearning strategies to improve the skills of care partners.
  • Describe three ways that heightened understanding and empathy for people living with dementia will lead to improved outcomes.
  • List two ways the knowledge and awareness gained in this session can be transformed into skill-building techniques for care partners.

Faculty: Laura Ellen Christian, BSeD, Vice President of Client Engagement, AGE-u-cate Training Institute; and Susan Robbins, Director of Dementia Training, The Arbor Company.

Resident relations: How to become PALSAngie Frantz

Learn how to cultivate a relationship-building process before a new resident moves into an assisted living or memory care community. Prestige Senior Living’s Personal Ambassadors Liaison Service (PALS) utilizes residents’ My Life Story program (2012 ICAA Innovators Award) to personalize the move-in process and help a new resident adjust to a community home setting. Team members partner with current residents to build relationships with newcomers, which provides socialization opportunities and promotes a sense of purpose.

You’ll be able to:

  • Use the resident’s life story during the tour, move-in and settling-in process to build relationships.
  • Build a culture of trust and communication with residents, families and staff, which promotes retention of both residents and staff.
  • Enlist current residents to become partners in marketing and promoting your mission.

Faculty: Angie Frantz, AAT, CNA, Product Manager, Prestige Senior Living.

Helping people live well and safely with osteoporosisMargot McKinnon

Exercise is critical for effective osteoporosis management and positive outcomes, but knowledge of the disease and an understanding of what happens in the aging body are necessary to create safe interventions. Ensure the exercises you teach are bone safe and appropriate for building bone density. This session will equip you with tools to work with the specialized needs of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss osteopenia and osteoporosis and why and how they occur.
  • Clarify which movements and exercises are safe and beneficial and which are contraindicated for osteopenia and osteoporosis.
  • Demonstrate appropriate exercises to promote bone health, strength and safety.

Faculty: Margot McKinnon, Founder and CEO, Body Harmonics.

All around coreLinda Magee

Looking for some new ideas for your core work? Look no further! Learn exercises that work all three planes, the local and global muscular systems and different body positions. The focus will be on learning to “stabilize before you mobilize.” You will find something for all your participants. Get ready for stability and mobility movements with small equipment.

You’ll be able to:

  • Teach core exercises for stability in all three planes of motion.
  • Develop a core program to utilize with active agers in private or small group settings.
  • Provide a variety of cues when instructing new exercises.

Faculty: Linda Magee, MA, NASM Master Trainer, Owner, Linda Magee Fitness.

8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

The built environment: Foundation of an ecosystem that enhances health, safety and securityDr. Richard Carmona (moderator/presenter) & panel TBA

One vital pandemic lesson is that where we live, work, learn and play influences our health and wellness. Given that people today spend 90% of their time indoors, these environments must support healthy living. Trends driving environmental changes include wellness real estate, well buildings, wellness interiors, and the healthy building movement. These trends point to the next chapter in wellness: an ecosystem designed to support the wellness culture.

You’ll be able to:

  • Summarize the trends driving significant shifts in the environments we create in which to live, work, learn and play.
  • Discuss how changing our environment impacts our health, wellness and genes.
  • Explain how a “well” built environment minimizes disease transmission.

Faculty: Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Distinguished Laureate Professor, University of Arizona; and Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch (moderator/presenter); and panel TBA.

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Building resilience one thought at a timeTerry Eckmann

Explore the physiology and power of thoughts—both negative and positive ones. Understand common characteristics of a resilient person and identify strategies to develop and strengthen neuropathways of resilience. Put these muscles to work one thought at a time to overcome challenges, face change and live life to the fullest.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the physiology of thoughts.
  • Identify characteristics of resiliency.
  • Use key thoughts to program your neuropathways to live with grit and grace.

Faculty: Terry Eckmann, PhD, ACSM, Professor and Chair, Teacher Education and Kinesiology, Minot State University.

Boost engagement: Create programs using interactive, motion-activated technologiesGwen Rose

Interactive, motion-activated technologies are increasingly being used in day programs and senior living communities for individuals at all need levels. The technologies and the applications used have been demonstrated to offer cognitive, physical, emotional and social rewards that can particularly benefit adults with dementia. The technologies also promote intergenerational connections, improving family visits and rapport with staff. Programs can be tailored for users with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Assess the wide variety of applications used with interactive motion-activated technologies and target them for the physical and cognitive functioning levels of your participants.
  • Use additional tools, accessories and thematic programming to further increase benefits derived from the technologies and applications.
  • Monitor engagement and adapt content to individual needs and preferences to create more person-centric programming.

Faculty: Gwen Rose, Vice President, SensoryOne.

Sleep, the brain and memoryRobert Winningham

Learn about the neurophysiology and psychology of sleep. This session will discuss sleep disorders, including insomnia, and the effects of poor sleep on various health outcomes. Numerous nonpharmacological interventions can maximize sleep quantity and quality; explore 15 such interventions. The effects of sleep on memory will also be explored. Finally, look at leading theories about why we dream what we do and how dream recall changes throughout adulthood.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain basic neurophysiology of sleep.
  • Describe ways to improve sleep quantity and quality.
  • Describe how sleep changes throughout adulthood.

Faculty: Robert Winningham, PhD, Western Oregon University.

Your staff does not care how much you know until they know how much you careKaren Woodard

The most successful organizations know creating a culture that serves employees is as important as creating a culture that serves customers, guests, residents or members. Learn how your organization can make employees feel valued in a meaningful way and how that culture shift can have a positive impact on your results, retention and revenue.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between team building and team bonding and how to employ both.
  • Learn what research tells us about humor in the workplace and how it can work for or against you.
  • Employ the elements of individual, organizational sustainability and eight stress-busting behaviors.

Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training.

Chair to championCammy Dennis

Add simple, cost-effective tools to your seated and standing exercise classes for older adults. Seated exercises provide a great opportunity for improvements in strength and flexibility and allow for exercise progression. When initial goals are accomplished, add standing exercises to train function and balance more effectively, allowing older adults to go from “chair to champion.” This session will provide a demonstration of exercise progressions from seated to standing to functional movement patterns.

You’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate seated and standing exercises using simple, economical exercise tools, such as Hula-Hoops, balls, bands and noodles.
  • Develop a progression of exercises utilizing a rehearsal technique that takes students from seated to standing to functional movement patterns.
  • Incorporate training in multiple planes of motion to reduce fall risks and enhance independence.

Faculty: Cammy Dennis, BS, ACE, Fitness Director, On Top of the World Communities, LLC.

Improving physical function: Secrets from a functional training expertPaul Holbrook

Learn the safest and the most effective ideas for effective programming to achieve optimal physical function. Discover an easy eight-second assessment tool that requires only the floor and learn how the five fundamental movement patterns and the five resets go hand in hand. Discuss how speed and power are the “king” of all modalities in terms of physical function, plus discover the importance of “holding the space of better health.”

You’ll be able to:

  • Implement some simple applications to create effective programming for enhanced physical function.
  • Conduct a simple formula to assess a starting point for clients or residents in a training program.
  • Utilize speed and power in fitness programs for active agers and discover the many physical benefits that can be acquired from this modality.

Faculty: Paul Holbrook, MA, CSCS, President, Age Performance.

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.

Empowering older adults through intergenerational programsTrent Stamp & Terry Kaelber

Research shows older adults who are engaged in their communities live longer, healthier lives and have a greater sense of purpose. Gain an overview of the importance of intergenerational connections and resources to facilitate them, plus examine how teams activate older New Yorkers, empowering them to address challenges for the benefit of all ages, while positively impacting participants’ health and well-being. Learn the basics of these teams and hear case stories.

You’ll be able to:

  • Articulate the unique benefits of intergenerational programs.
  • Implement intergenerational activities with self-directed volunteer teams.
  • Connect with other intergenerational practitioners for continued learning and networking.

Faculty: Trent Stamp, MA, CEO, Eisner Foundation; and Terry Kaelber, MPP, Director, Institute for Empowered Aging at United Neighborhood Houses.

Preparing new residents in advance to thrive in-communityKay Van Norman

What percentage of new residents are truly prepared to embrace a wellness lifestyle, and how does that impact your community culture, resident referral network and census? This session will discuss the importance of creating a specific process to prepare incoming residents to embrace a culture of wellness and thrive in-community. Explore what it could mean to your community if more residents move in with an internalized mindset of well-being and engagement.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize how encouraging incoming residents to embrace a mindset of well-being and engagement will impact community culture, census and referrals.
  • Identify specific strategies that help new residents embrace a mindset of well-being and engagement, regardless of health challenges.
  • Describe how a deliberate process to help new residents adjust to the social and emotional aspects of senior living can help them thrive.

Faculty: Kay Van Norman, MS, President, Brilliant Aging.

Using social-based brain training to support thinking, well-being in dementiaCynthia Green

People living with dementia can face difficulties maintaining social connections and quality of life. Learn about a social-based brain training model for those living with dementia and get practical guidance on integrating social-based workouts that foster cognitive stimulation, person-centeredness, communication and connection. Take away workouts and information to help you optimize the training for individuals with varying levels of memory loss.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the value of social engagement for cognitive stimulation training, communication, connection and well-being for persons living with dementia.
  • Plan programs that foster social engagement in ways that specifically target cognitive stimulation, communication and well-being when managing memory loss.
  • Refer to specific program ideas that use social-based brain training for those living with dementia.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, President, TBH Brands.

Why every executive needs to focus on culture nowTom Johnston

Today’s workforce seeks more than a paycheck. They want to work with a purpose-driven organization. Companies that focus on culture are more likely to hire the right talent and deliver exceptional customer experiences. This interactive session will look at the latest research and identify opportunities that exist in every organization to build a high-performance culture.

You’ll be able to:

  • Take a six-minute behavioral assessment and receive a free behavioral report.
  • Receive access to take a free People Strategy Evaluation.
  • Receive a copy of the latest data and trends that drive high-performance organizational culture.

Faculty: Tom Johnston, Founder, Talent Optimizer Group.

Motivating the fragile to become agileKimberly Huff

Agility, balance, coordination, power and reaction time are all necessary for mobility. All these skills can be improved with an appropriately designed exercise program, but fear and lack of confidence often make it difficult for more fragile participants to engage in the necessary exercises. Explore safe exercise progressions that will boost functional movement as well as effective motivational techniques to encourage more fragile participants to engage in beneficial exercise.

You’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate exercises that will improve agility, balance, coordination, power and reaction time and can easily be incorporated into an exercise class or individual exercise program.
  • Demonstrate appropriate exercise progressions to allow less-fit participants to develop confidence with the exercises.
  • Use motivational cues to encourage less-fit participants to challenge themselves.

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

Build up to body weightLibby Norris, Ruth Parliament, Michelle Kerr & Janice Hutton

Everyday activities require us to move our body against gravity; however, many older adults lack the strength, stability and body awareness to move safely. Many of us create classes with body weight exercises to develop everyday strength but without appreciating participants’ limitations. In this session, we will create a series of movement progressions to build the important attributes so participants can safely perform body weight exercises, so they can move through life with confidence.

You’ll be able to:

  • Outline safe movement mechanics to properly build muscular endurance and strength.
  • Infer the value of building core and joint stability, balance and body awareness before introducing body weight training.
  • Progress participants of all abilities to appropriate body weight training safely to enhance activities of daily living.

Faculty: Libby Norris, BA, FIPTS, Inspired Energy; Ruth Parliament, MEd, FIPTS, House of Parliament Wellness; Michelle Kerr, Fitness Programs, City of Mississauga; and Janice Hutton, Owner, Phys-excel Fitness Consulting.

Happier and healthier employees through physical activity and exerciseAaron Aslakson

High levels of occupational stress affect employee job satisfaction and performance and can lead to high levels of employee burnout and turnover. Physical activity and exercise can mitigate adverse outcomes of occupational stress and increase employee resilience. Compare and contrast physical activity/exercise with other strategies frequently implemented to help employees cope with occupational stress. Learn simple, effective ways to promote physical activity/exercise as a part of any employee wellness program.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between occupational stress and components of occupational burnout, employee satisfaction, job performance and employee turnover.
  • Describe how physical activity and exercise may reduce the adverse effects of occupational stress and increase employee resilience.
  • Implement physical activity and exercise as a part of employee wellness programs and demonstrate how physical activity and exercise can be used in conjunction with other occupational stress coping strategies.

Faculty: Aaron Aslakson, MA, Director, Fitness Centers, Walker Methodist.

Wellness adventure walkStephen Brown, Sarah Robertson & Bailey Turpin

Join us for an interactive quest through the local area focusing on the physical and intellectual dimensions of wellness. Work in teams to identify answers to themed questions and participate in fitness challenges as we journey through our route. Get tips on how to utilize outdoor space to create fun workouts for all fitness backgrounds and “walk away” with a program toolkit to use in your settings.

You’ll be able to:

  • Utilize outdoor space in creative and innovative ways for wellness programming.
  • Experience the value of blending intellectual and physical components to generate interest and engagement for attendees.
  • Refer to a take home Wellness Adventure Quest toolkit that will allow you to immediately implement session content in employee wellness or older-adult settings.

Faculty: Stephen Brown, BA, FAS, National Director of Training and Customer Support–Wellness Services; Sarah Robertson, Bam CPT, National Director of Training and Customer Support–Wellness Services, and Bailey Turpin, BA, National Program Director–Wellness Services, Aegis Therapies/EnerG by Aegis.

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

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.

Preventing unnecessary functional loss in transitions between care settingsLeah Klusch

This interactive, case-based session will explore the functional loss older adults may experience when they transition between independent living and acute and post-acute healthcare settings. When unexpected trauma or medical instability requires short-term intensive institutional care, many are launched into irreversible functional decline. When transitions are carefully managed, better outcomes can be obtained. Identify events that produce negative outcomes and show how proactive documentation and communication can prevent/reduce long-term functional loss.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify steps older adults can take to document current health status and treatment.
  • Discuss the best communication methods to use with acute and post-acute providers and medical professionals.
  • Discuss five essential steps to return a person to independent living.

Faculty: Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, Executive Director, The Alliance Training Center.

Find me the money!Stacey Judge & Amanda Oberg

Funding for capital projects, new equipment or the capacity to reach a larger audience may mean looking for opportunity outside your organization. Research studies, grant opportunities and not-for-profit partnerships can present themselves in unique ways, but all require you to create an attractive proposal. How can you help your project or proposal stand out? Examine examples of successful proposals and understand the importance of data collection, reporting and assessments to improve your odds of securing funding.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify innovative ways to secure funding.
  • Determine what preparatory work can help your project stand out from the crowd.
  • Package your “ask” to make it more attractive to funders.

Faculty: Stacey Judge, BS, CPT, Wellness Program Director, and Amanda Oberg, MS, Regional Wellness Program Director, Springpoint.

Y’all come back now: Increasing and sustaining participation and engagementLibbi Hash

This session will demonstrate the differences between participation/attendance and actual engagement in wellness and activity programming. Learn how to successfully transition “participants” to become “engaged participants,” utilizing some commonly offered programming examples. Preparation and delivery are key ingredients in creating successful events and reengaging participants who have become disengaged.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between attendance and engagement, which is crucial for successful reengagement in post-pandemic conditions.
  • Design and deliver programs, events, activities and outings specifically for your current population and know how to pivot when the population changes.
  • Achieve consistent engagement results instead of sporadic attendance.

Faculty: Libbi Hash, BA, National Director of Wellness and Memory Care Programming, Kisco Senior Living.

Understanding and engaging older adultsJeff Weiss

Who are today’s older adults, and how do they differ from how society portrays them? This session will define this target group, plus reveal the Dirty Dozen Myths associated with aging. By crushing myths and breaking stigmas/stereotypes attached to older consumers, there is a significant opportunity to change how society, businesses and organizations view and engage older, active adults. Learn about 11 proprietary personas identified within the Active Aging consumer group and how to adapt to meet their functional/emotional needs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of today’s active older adults and how to segment them based on their concerns, desires and overall outlook on life.
  • Recognize and break the stereotypes often associated with adults ages 50+.
  • Discuss how progressive companies and brands are engaging older adults in more realistic and aspirational ways.

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

Impact of nutrition on mental health status in older adultsJen Bruning

Mental health among older adults living in a congregate setting has long been a topic of interest, never more than while they were navigating the isolation, stress and boredom brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore the role nutrition can play in maintaining or improving the mental health status of older adults via the gut-brain axis, nutrient abundance and enjoyment of meals.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the gut-brain axis and its role in influencing mental health.
  • List three nutrients and their roles in supporting mental health.
  • Discuss how residents’ mental health and emotional needs can be met via a senior living menu program.

Faculty: Jen Bruning, MS, RDN, Director of Nutrition and Brand Innovation, Incite Strategic Partners.

Dual-task gamification: Delivering optimized brain and body wellnessMike Studer & Robert Winningham

Learn how to translate the science of dual-task (DT) screening, examination and training into applications throughout your community. Learn about precise DT delivery in a game setting, integrating the latest in low- and high-tech advances. Explore how to conduct DT screening and prescription for community health fairs, direct health relationships and wellness interventions on individual and group levels, including delivery in person and via telehealth.

You’ll be able to:

  • Define dual task and gamification, explaining how each can be used in training and examination to optimize dosage and intensity.
  • Apply the science of dual task for greater population health and wellness across fitness measures of both cognition and physical capacity.
  • List four daily life experiences that are influenced by dual-task tolerance.

Faculty: Mike Studer, DPT, Co-Owner, Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness; and and Robert Winningham, PhD, Western Oregon University.

Grounding during shaky timesElise Foss & Becky Paulin-Liston

This multifaceted experience focuses on helping you find your center and connection to the ground, which you can use during any time of uncertainty/change and share with your clients. Breathing and centering practices will explore the first chakra and the secondary chakras in the feet. Neurodevelopmental sequences will guide you to move from this centered point outward, while balance practices will help integrate this into functional movement.

You’ll be able to:

  • Practice simple techniques for grounding and centering yourself through breathing, meditation and movement practices.
  • Determine the role of the foot and ankle in maintaining your balance and learn ways to keep your feet happy, flexible and strong.
  • Recognize the foot-core connection.

Faculty: Elise Foss, MS, GLCMA, HC, CPT, Wholistic Fitness Expert, VivaElise! Wellness; and Becky Paulin-Liston, PT, RYT, Integrated Physical Therapy and Yoga.

Female, hearty and hardy… But differentPatricia VanGalen

With more data and incredible diagnostic imaging and procedures, we better understand the biological differences between men and women when it comes to frailty and related risk factors and diseases. The R.E.H.A.B. program—restore energy, hardiness, aspirations and benchmarks—provides a window of opportunity to create and maintain an environment ripe for repair and regeneration. R.E.H.A.B. can extend the healthspan, expand movement sphere and add life to our years.

You’ll be able to:

  • Expand your understanding of the biological differences in how and when women develop, present and progress toward the most common chronic diseases and disabilities.
  • Take a prep and prehab approach to addressing the PREs: pre-frailty, pre-penias, pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes, pre-hyperlipidemia, pre-metabolic syndrome, etc.
  • Rethink and update health and well-being programming and training systems for pre-, peri- and postmenopausal women based on current research, anecdotes and common sense.

Faculty: Patricia VanGalen, MS, CPT, ETT, Owner, Active & Agile.

Partners, teams and groups, oh my! Social fitness experiencesEmily Johnson

Learn strategies and techniques for creating truly social fitness experiences. Explore ways to incorporate partners, teams and groups into a variety of fitness classes, including cardio, strength, flexibility and balance sessions. You will leave this session with more than 10 ways to make your classes more social through partner, team and group exercise and activities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create a more social fitness experience by using partners, teams and groups.
  • Incorporate bands, weights and balls in work with partners, teams and groups.
  • Incorporate group work into cardio, strength, flexibility and balance classes.

Faculty: Emily Johnson, Founder and Creative Director, StrongerU Senior Fitness, Inc.