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.

CONFERENCE WARM-UP: CONNECT, DISCOVER AND ENERGIZELawrence Biscontini, Alexis Perkins, Terry Eckmann, Rebecca Lloyd, Cammy Dennis

Participate in ICAA’s interactive warm-up to begin building your conference community. Connect with other attendees before the event officially starts as you discuss wellness and engage in group activities. Join incredible industry presenters who will energize and prepare you for a day focused on aging well and the programs and services that support that goal.

Faculty: Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Founder, FG2000; Alexis Perkins, BS, AFAA, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Creative Director, Chair One Fitness; Terry Eckmann, PhD, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Professor, Minot State University; Rebecca Lloyd, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, and Cammy Dennis, BS, ACE, AFAA, AEA fitness certifications, NAFC master trainer, Fitness Director, On Top of the World Communities

8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.


The future of wellness, health and longevity: She said, he saidDr. Ken & Maddy Dychtwald

Increased longevity may be one of civilization’s greatest accomplishments but might become its biggest challenge. Left “undirected,” the ensuing age wave could cause: a misalignment of many aspects of society from pensions to playgrounds; pandemics of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s; and a gerontocracy that could spark political age wars. Due to the convergence of rising longevity, declining fertility, the aging of the global baby boom and the impact of COVID-19, every dimension of health and healthcare—as well as aging and longevity—is being transformed. Join powerhouse duo Maddy and Ken Dychtwald for a stimulating look at what may lie ahead.

Since the Dychtwalds founded Age Wave nearly 40 years ago, they’ve collectively written 23 books, produced numerous films and documentaries, and presented before nearly three million people globally. In addition, their cutting-edge research has garnered more than 20 billion media impressions.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discover how long might we live—and the difference between women versus men.
  • Learn whether our later years will be a time of health and vitality or illness and disability—and what are the different determining factors for women versus men.
  • Determine the advances that are needed in diagnostics, medical/nursing skills, public health, wellness, preventive and rehab fitness, functional nutrition and a myriad of scientific breakthroughs to ensure that our healthspans and brainspans better match our lifespans—and how this will affect women versus men.
  • Discuss whether healthy longevity will be available for everyone or if various flavors of super-longevity will only be available to the very wealthy.

Faculty: Ken Dychtwald, PhD, Psychologist, Gerontologist, Author, and Founder and CEO, Age Wave; and Maddy Dychtwald, BA, Author, Speaker, Thought Leader, and Cofounder and Senior Vice President, Age Wave.

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Therapeutic horticulture: The power of nature to improve healthAlexis Ashworth

Therapeutic horticulture uses plants, activities and the garden landscape to promote well-being. Learn how integrating plants and garden activities can improve all dimensions of wellness for participants. Research shows people-plant engagement can reduce stress and anxiety, support cardiovascular health, protect mental health, boost vitamin D absorption and retention, increase social connections, foster positive coping strategies and help maintain a sense of purpose and worth in individuals.

You’ll be able to:

  • Define horticultural therapy and describe its primary physical, mental and emotional health benefits.
  • Identify areas where you can incorporate therapeutic horticulture in your setting.
  • Access resources to help facilitate therapeutic horticulture activities.

Faculty: Alexis Ashworth, MBA, Founder and CEO, Root in Nature, Inc.

Partner with state agencies to fund expansion projects and servicesMarie Gress

Many states or other government agencies annually award funding for special projects, including improving local and regional services for aging adults. Learn how several organizations in Michigan received millions of dollars from the state to build a new senior center and expand programs and services. What steps did these groups follow and how did they achieve success? Explore how can you build on their example in your community to gain similar results.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the stakeholders to contact and develop a script to initiate communication.
  • Develop a budget for your proposal.
  • Identify milestones and a timeline for your proposed project.

Faculty: Marie Gress, MSW, LMSW-Macro, Chief Growth Officer, Kovir, LLC.

Get creative! Using creative engagement for better thinking and vitalityCynthia Green

Creative engagement offers unique ways to challenge our thinking, stretch our minds, bolster our mental well-being and connect with others. Learn how to use creative engagement as a sustainable pathway for cognitive training, including for individuals with memory challenges. Sample several creative-based cognitive workouts you can use in your settings with individuals across the cognitive continuum.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of creative engagement in boosting everyday cognition and ongoing vitality.
  • Use creative engagement as a tool to bolster cognitive training in a variety of settings.
  • Adapt creative-based cognitive workouts effectively to optimize an individual’s engagement.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, President, Total Brain Health/TBH Brands.

Elevating today’s programming for tomorrow’s consumerLynne Katzmann & Katie Kensinger

Review your current activity calendar and ask yourself, Would I want to attend these programs? If the answer is no, then it’s time to elevate your programming with more dynamic and intriguing content and update your descriptions to match. Explore new approaches to designing your activities and learn techniques for adding resident-led programming. Also learn about new opportunities for building community with national and regional partners.

You’ll be able to:

  • Replace outdated programming with activities that meet the needs and interests of your community’s current population and those likely to join in the near future.
  • Develop engaging programming that can be led by residents at all levels of care.
  • Add programming offered by local, regional and national partners to save staff time while adding excitement, intergenerational opportunities and novelty to your calendar.

Faculty: Lynne Katzmann, PhD, President and CEO; and Katie Kensinger, BS, National Partnerships Coordinator, Juniper Communities.

PANEL Treat your fitness center as a priority and improve outcomes for everyoneJoe Turngren (moderator), Stacey Judge, Colin Hoobler & Rick Muhr

Learn how making your fitness offerings a priority can improve outcomes for all. A panel of experts will discuss the research that demonstrates the positive impact of exercise on physical and mental health and describe how you can take steps to maximize your space, programming and equipment mix.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain how routine exercise improves the mental and physical wellness of your residents.
  • Improve resident engagement and describe how that improvement will have a positive impact on your bottom line.
  • Identify ways to match your residents’ needs with the proper equipment and programming mix.

Faculty: Joe Turngren, Senior Living/Medical Manager, Matrix Fitness (moderator); Stacey Judge, BS, NASM CPT, Wellness Program Director, Springpoint Senior Living; Colin Hoobler, PT, DPT, MS, Inventor, Founder and CEO, S3 Balance, LLC; and Rick Muhr, BA, Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Brand Ambassador, Matrix Fitness.

Building strong teams: Go beyond the pizza partyKelly Klund & Heather Johnson

Employees are more likely to stay with an organization where they feel seen and heard. Learn how Empira developed an evidence-based practice of group conversations to help build stronger, more connected teams. Participate in an interactive conversation activity intended to help build connections and leave with a 12-session manual that will help you create similar sessions to strengthen the teams across your community or organization.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of creating a workplace where staff feel supported and valued.
  • Apply “whole house” strategies to foster support for team members in all roles in your organization or community.
  • Develop ongoing practices that integrate these strategies into operational practices that will sustain team connection and strength for the long term.

Faculty: Kelly Klund, BS, AND, Resource Nurse, Gerontologist; and Heather Johnson, BSN/PHN, Executive Director, RN, Empira.

Protect your gourd: Creating a large-scale fall-reduction eventAleen Dailey, Sara Fink & Savannah Tadlock

Reducing falls within retirement communities should be a major focus for the whole community. Learn how Carolina Village created a highly successful, weeklong fall-reduction event with workshops, lectures and socials that attracted hundreds of current residents and waitlist members. Hear details from therapy, wellness and nursing team members about the event’s marketing, implementation, assessments, feedback and fall-reduction data following the event.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify topics of interest and focus areas for developing a large-scale, interdisciplinary fall-reduction event at your community.
  • Design tools for marketing, attendance tracking and assessment of program effectiveness.
  • Discuss the importance of involving community partners along with members of therapy, wellness, activities, dining and nursing divisions to maximize the impact of a fall-reduction event.

Faculty: Aleen Dailey, MS, ACSM-CEP & GEI, NCSF-CPT, RYT 500hr, Wellness Coordinator; Sara Fink, MOT, OTR/L, Director of Therapy; and Savannah Tadlock, BSN, RN, Resident Nurse, Carolina Village.

Creating an integrative, inclusive and interesting chair yoga classAllissa Raway

Draw in yoga participants with inclusive, beneficial and interesting sequences that can help increase their balance, flexibility, strength, postural awareness, brain health, cardiovascular health and overall well-being. Learn how to create meaningful and compelling sequences of postures that most older adults will feel comfortable trying, even as you keep the ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy at the center of your class. Discuss effective cueing, contraindications, modifications and progressions.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create an integrative mind-body yoga experience for any exercise session.
  • Teach inclusive yoga poses and use modifications and progressions to adapt to the needs of your community or class.
  • Design interesting and beneficial yoga pose sequences that enhance the class experience for your participants.

Faculty: Allissa Raway, BS, Certified Yoga Instructor, Founder, Raway Wellness.

The lifestyle athleteLibby Norris, Janice Hutton & Michelle Kerr

Lifestyle sports such as pickleball, kayaking, cycling or skiing, can help active agers engage in physical activity, find social connections and enhance their sense of purpose and community. Get an overview of the demands of popular lifestyle sports so you can help your community members get in the game and stay in the game. Discuss strategies to maximize engagement in multiple programs by using cross-promotion techniques to connect your programs to participant goals.

You’ll be able to:

  • Implement checklists that summarize the demands of popular lifestyle sports and activities and identify the physical attributes older adults need to participate safely and successfully.
  • Design effective programming for one-on-one, small-group and large-group exercise programs to help participants achieve their goals in lifestyle sports.
  • Create cross-over programming to increase participant engagement in all aspects of your facility.

Faculty: Libby Norris, BA, canfitpro Fitness Instructor/Personal Training Specialist, Founder; Janice Hutton, MA, ACE Personal Trainer, Cofounder; and Michelle Kerr, canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist, Cofounder, Your Fitness Sisters.

Movement and training: How much and for whom?Patricia VanGalen

The cornerstone tripod of fundamental movement skills, a robust functional musculoskeletal foundation and an appropriate work capacity allows us to move with confidence and competence. Learn how the athletic performance model of training is scalable to adults in various stages of life.

You’ll be able to:

  • Tweak existing training plans, programming and facility design to encourage any and all movement.
  • Look beyond exercise and training as the only means to learn, earn, own, keep and tweak the tripod.
  • Recognize the need to enhance and expand health-brain-play activities throughout the lifespan.

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

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Creative exchanges: Collaborative innovationLawrence Biscontini; Karen Woodard; Kelly Klund; Lynne Katzmann; and Stacey Judge

Join us for an engaging exchange of ideas where industry peers come together to share and acquire innovative strategies, ideas, and approaches to building a stronger team. These interactive sessions are designed to foster networking, inspire creativity, and leave you with valuable takeaways. You will come away with strategies for implementing effective team-building practices, including increased communication, trust, and productivity. Share your top two ideas with others in this supportive, engaging environment.

Moderator: Lawrence Biscontini.
Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training; Kelly Klund, BS, AND, Resource Nurse, Gerontologist; Lynne Katzmann, PhD, Founder and CEO, Juniper Communities; and Stacey Judge, BS, NASM CPT, Wellness Program Director, Springpoint Senior Living

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch and LearnEsther Sternberg, Navin Gupta, Timothy Petsch

Join us for our inaugural "ICAA Lunch and Learn" session, proudly presented by TMI Sustainable Aquatic and LifeLoop. This free lunch* offers you a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and strengthen your connections. Enjoy a delectable lunch while learning from a featured speaker and our esteemed partners. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

Session: Cleaner, greener aquatics: Embracing sustainable pool practices
Join Timothy Petsch as he explores the future of aquatics, highlighting eco-friendly sustainable alternatives to harsh chemicals in commercial pools and introducing innovative pump room designs. Dive into a cleaner, greener aquatic experience!

Faculty: Timothy Petsch, Managing Director, TMI Salt Pure Corp and co-founder of TMI.

Featured session: WELL at WORK: Creating wellbeing in any workspace
Join us as we delve into an integrative health framework for enhancing wellbeing in all types of built environments. Learn how to prioritize health and wellness in your workspace for a happier, more productive employee.

Faculty: Esther Sternberg, MD, Research Director, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, Founding Director, University of Arizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance & Inaugural Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine

Session: Creating senior living communities that flourish
At the heart of every successful senior living community, you’ll find residents that are satisfied, engaged, and flourishing in life. But how do you create that? And what role does technology play?

Faculty: Navin Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, LifeLoop

* Free lunch is exclusive to ICAA Conference and Expo paid attendees, exhibitor staff, speakers, and volunteers. Tickets for all others are available for $65 per person, per day.
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Addressing the intersection of aging, obesity and optimal outcomesNina Crowley

Supporting our aging population’s quest for optimal health means addressing the rates of obesity in older adults. Discover practical solutions that can be implemented to optimize obesity care, particularly ways to preserve muscle mass during weight loss. Learn which outcomes are most important and which strategies don’t work. Explore measurement tools and evidence-based solutions that improve an individual’s wellness, functionality, enjoyment and quality of life.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify how and why the disease of obesity impacts aging adults.
  • Describe effective strategies for managing, measuring and maintaining weight and wellness.
  • Integrate consideration of sarcopenia and muscle mass in assessment of older adults with obesity.

Faculty: Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD, Professional Affiliations and Education Manager, seca Corp.

Perform a wellness audit to reframe your futureJessica Drecktrah, Belinda Degboe & Stephanie, Sanborn

A comprehensive wellness audit built from concrete data at the location level can help you examine your community’s wellness culture and determine whether your resource allocation aligns with your mission and values. Performing a wellness audit will help you highlight emerging priorities and uncover how your location compares with others. Results will help you generate new ideas for integrating wellness into future strategic and capital planning.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the differences between wellness audits, benchmarks and individual assessments pertaining to tool use and purpose.
  • Perform an internal audit to identify, assess and compare wellness programming, amenities, workforce benefits and staff allocation at the location level, organization level and industry level.
  • Describe how other leaders focus on a team effort to perform an honest internal audit process and critically review wellness priorities and goals to influence strategic planning and budgetary processes.

Faculty: Jessica Drecktrah, MHA, MN, RN, Education and Research Consultant, International Council on Active Aging; Belinda Degboe, MHA, Wellness Coordinator, Asbury Methodist Village; and Stephanie Sanborn, M.Ad.Ed.Director Innovation & Education, Seasons Retirement Communities.

Leading a company-wide change to create a new VIBEKim Eichinger

See how one company implemented challenging changes to the life engagement program for 11 communities. With a goal of developing a program to become the company brand, organizers started with top management and demonstrated how the proposed concept could save valuable resources and project a commitment to vibrant engagement opportunities. The VIBE, a dynamic quarterly catalog, serves as a catalyst for collaborative team planning, shared resources, time management efficiencies and branded communication tools.

You’ll be able to:

  • Apply strategies to remain agile and open to concerns, which demonstrates a willingness to make reasonable adaptations while moving toward change.
  • Create a grassroots resource drive to support quarterly topics and seasonal themes to ensure purposeful, wellness-driven programs.
  • Lift colleagues up and into new initiatives rather than pushing or pulling them to adopt new concepts.

Faculty: Kim Eichinger, AA, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Executive Director of Dynamic Living, Country Meadows Retirement Communities.

Create connection in cognitive decline with shared laughterDani Klein Modisett & Nikki Ghisel

Come learn practical tools for creating connection through shared laughter with individuals in all stages of cognitive decline. This highly interactive workshop offers specific ways to bring levity to life’s toughest challenges. Comedian/author/speaker Dani Klein Modisett teaches from personal caregiving experience and from years of research into best practices for reaching individuals in cognitive decline, including those beyond verbal communication.

You’ll be able to:

  • Approach someone in cognitive decline with less fear and more confidence that you can make the person feel seen and appreciated—and maybe make them laugh.
  • Improve your listening skills and cultivate greater empathy for individuals and caregivers facing cognitive decline issues.
  • Break tension with appropriate comic relief and recognize the difference between laughing at people and laughing with them.

Faculty: Dani Klein Modisett, BA, Founder and CEO; and Nikki Ghisel, BA, Comedian, Instructor, Laughter On Call.

Maximize resident engagement: Personalize and energize your wellness programRobert Winningham & Michael Studer

Many older adults do not take advantage of programming that can help them enhance their quality of life. Discuss the psychology behind motivation and examine the effects of depression and apathy on resident engagement and quality of life. Learn how explicitly connecting an individual’s goals with proven interventions can increase motivation and engagement. Share ideas about measuring resident behavior and cognition in an effort to maximize engagement through gamification.

You’ll be able to:

  • Increase resident engagement and motivation by increasing self-efficacy.
  • Increase resident engagement and motivation by connecting resident goals with proven interventions.
  • Use gamification principles to maximize resident engagement and motivation.

Faculty: Robert Winningham, PhD, Professor, Western Oregon University; and Michael Studer, DPT, MHS, NCS, CWT, CSST, BFPCE, FAPTA, Adjunct Professor, Oregon State University.

Music as medicine: Use tech-delivered music to address immunity, isolation and respiratory challengesAndy Tubman

Examine the science and technology behind active music-making and explore how it can help meet the needs of residents, including those with dementia. Participate in activities that will show how music and technology can help individuals mobilize lung fluids, improve respiration and enhance immunity. Learn how music can elevate your therapeutic programming to reduce social isolation and elevate mood.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain how active music-making impacts neurological, physical and emotional health.
  • Identify at least three best practices when implementing top-tier musical care.
  • Recognize the technological tools available to help care for residents over 65.

Faculty: Andy Tubman, BS, Board-Certified Music Therapist, Cofounder, Chief Clinical Officer, SingFit.

Safe and effective martial arts programmingJennifer Schachner

Learn to modify cardio kickboxing and self-defense programs so that older adults can enjoy the wellness benefits of martial arts programming. For example, explore ways to use seated kicking drills in falls-prevention programs, pad work for empowerment and blocks for upper body mobility. Learn safe and effective martial arts modifications and discuss how to hire qualified instructors and set up a program that caters to your needs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the benefits associated with martial arts programming.
  • Identify safe and effective martial arts modifications along with contraindications for older adults.
  • Identify qualifications to look for when hiring a modified martial arts instructor.

Faculty: Jennifer Schachner, EdD, ACE Personal Trainer, Program and Operations Director, San Jose State University Research Foundation, Timpany Center.

Ageless core strength: A science-based approach to improve functionLeslee Bender

Discover creative new ways to help clients of any level of function increase core strength, mobility and agility for a more functional life using movements based on planes of motion and myofascial lines. Explore the relationship of the body’s fascia (connective tissue) to strength, flexibility and mobility and see a blend of myofascial release and lengthening exercises. Specific movements can enhance posture and build self-esteem and functionality. Training in multiple positions improves proprioceptive awareness, while using a small ball for kinesthetic assistance can protect the back and enhance alignment.

You’ll be able to:

  • Implement movements with clients in one-on-one or small-group settings.
  • Explain the connection between fascia and the integrity of functional movements and its applications.
  • Utilize small equipment in your sessions to enhance the variety, safety and diversity of your training.

Faculty: Leslee Bender, BA, FASF, NASM, ACSM, FIA, NPCA, ACE, Owner, Ageless Training Academy.

Using walking poles to foster resiliency in older adultsJoy Cochran

Growing evidence supports the priority of high-intensity exercise to improve function and quality of life for aging adults and those with chronic or degenerative diseases. Nordic walking poles can help safely increase exercise intensity for individuals across a wide continuum of physical abilities and care settings. Learn how specialized walking poles can elevate your walking and exercise programs to engage 90% of the body’s musculature—empowering participants to age with more resiliency.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe 10 evidence-based benefits associated with Nordic walking.
  • Identify how the Activator Technique can improve posture, maximize balance and boost confidence so participants can increase walking tolerance and speed.
  • Perform five functional exercises with specialized walking poles to increase intensity of a workout.

Faculty: Joy Cochran, DPT, CEEAA, Owner, JOY Explorations, and Clinical Evidence Specialist, Urban Poling.

Prime time yogaTerry Eckmann

Explore the many health benefits of yoga that can help make the years after 65 the prime time of life. Yoga practice can increase energy, vitality, flexibility, strength and balance while boosting brain health. Participate in a safe and effective yoga class, and learn a sequence of poses with regressions and progressions for a wide variety of clients. A yoga mat or towel is recommended for this session.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the researched benefits of yoga for healthy aging.
  • Participate in a safe and effective yoga class you can teach to a wide variety of clients.
  • Recall progression and regression options to make the class more inclusive for all ability levels.

Faculty: Terry Eckmann, PhD, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Professor, Minot State University.

2:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.


Explore new and innovative offerings at the wellness-focused ICAA Expo. Discover products and services, technologies and equipment to support multidimensional wellness from providers committed to meeting the industry’s needs.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Look through a wellness lens and see EVERYTHING clearerStacey Judge & Amanda Oberg

Can focusing on wellness really help drive all your organizational initiatives and improve your bottom line? Learn from three wellness and lifestyle professionals who will show you how integrating wellness-based programing into all you do can improve outcomes, enhance resources and increase engagement. Wellness-based program development can bring sharper focus to all aspects of your community, including employee engagement and revenue-generating programs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop programming from a wellness base.
  • Deliver programs to improve outcomes across all organizational initiatives, including DEI, social media, employee engagement and resident satisfaction measures.
  • Improve resources and funding for wellness program development.

Faculty: Stacey Judge, BS, NASM CPT, Wellness Program Director and Amanda Oberg, MA, LivWell Program Manager for Affordable Housing.

How to make a difference with mindfulnessJane Lam & Vicky Guan

Learn theories and benefits of mindfulness and how you can use mindfulness practices to help manage your stress and also help the older adults in your communities manage their stress. Participate in hands-on experiences, including mindful breathing, tea and mindfulness, mindful walking and mindful art projects. Take back ideas for immediately integrating mindfulness activities into your settings.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain why mindfulness activities are beneficial.
  • Practice mindfulness exercises and experience their benefits.
  • Plan and implement mindfulness activities for your settings.

Faculty: Jane Lam, MA, MDiv, Resident Services Coordinator, Sequoia Living Community Services; and Vicky Guan, BA, Social Worker, Tenants & Owners Development Corporation.

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Connecting seven pillars of health to seven Montessori principlesChristine McDonald

Learn how the Friends Home in Kennett, Pennsylvania, created programming after accepting a challenge to better blend its health and wellness program with its existing Montessori programing. This challenge allowed the facility to better serve its clients by utilizing resources in its local community. The seven Montessori principles are free choice, order, interest, learning from peers, movement, context and teacher guidance.

You’ll be able to:

  • Build a comprehensive health and wellness program that incorporates resident choice and independence.
  • Incorporate Montessori principles and techniques in programming beyond dementia programming only.
  • Develop programming that will allow residents to engage with the local community.

Faculty: Christine McDonald, MHA, NHA, Executive Director, Friends Home in Kennett.

The silent epidemic: Hearing loss and your residentsMatt Reiners

Hearing loss is tied to social isolation and increased risks of dementia and premature death, but only a fraction of older adults who could benefit from a hearing aid wear one. Participate in an interactive experience that demonstrates how it feels to live with hearing loss. Studies also show that the prevalence of hearing loss in a community can impact a provider’s bottom line, so let’s explore emerging technologies to help counteract hearing loss in senior living communities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the latest studies on hearing loss and discuss how it impacts quality of life.
  • Utilize actionable items that can immediately improve an individual’s hearing and quality of life.
  • Explain the types of technologies currently available to assist in hearing.

Faculty: Matt Reiners, BS, Cofounder, Eversound.

PANEL Creating a thriving wellness culture: Insights from the top wellness CEOs in senior living and community centersKevin Burke, Lynne Katzmann & Peter Thompson

Explore how award-winning CEOs create wellness cultures within their senior living communities or community centers. Using wellness as a foundation, these CEOs successfully partner with residents/members, staff and internal/external leaders to create relevant, meaningful opportunities for participants to improve their quality of life. Whether you’re a CEO seeking information or a wellness professional searching for inspiration, this session will furnish valuable insights and best practices to make your wellness culture thrive.

You’ll be able to:

  • Name the top wellness CEOs recognized with a 2022 ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award and discuss their specific approaches to creating a wellness culture.
  • Describe the internal and external partnerships these CEOs form to create relevant, meaningful wellness opportunities for residents/members and staff.
  • Relate what makes these organizations exceptional and how their wellness cultures have positively impacted residents/members and staff.

Faculty: Kevin Burke, MBA, CEO, Paradise Valley Estates; Lynne Katzmann, PhD, Founder and CEO, Juniper Communities; and Peter Thompson, BA, MPA, Executive Director, The Center at Belvedere.

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

Organizations that serve their employees as well as they serve their clients achieve the best results, retention and revenue. Learn how you can deepen your ties to your employees in a meaningful way to increase your organization’s commitment to results.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the differences between team building and team bonding.
  • Describe the research about humor in the workplace and how to make it work for or against you.
  • Employ the elements of individual, organizational sustainability and eight stress-busting behaviors.

Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training.

Hand jiveAnn Gilbert

Research shows that a lack of grip strength is often associated with accelerated biological aging. Learn how weakening grip strength affects men and women and how it has become a barrier to exercise for many. Review the need to focus on manual dexterity and practice innovative exercises to reverse the effects for active agers.

You’ll be able to:

  • Coach as many as six movements or actions to increase grip strength for your clients, whether training in a wellness center, community or home setting.
  • Incorporate a flow of gripping exercises to a general exercise class or small-group session.
  • Introduce gripping options for traditional training methodologies that can help individuals who struggle with osteoarthritis and/or a decline in grip strength.

Faculty: Ann Gilbert, BS, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Owner and Operator, Shapes Fitness for Women.

Find your balance: Create better training, education and programmingJennifer Short & Laura Bruce

Balance and stability training is a crucial component for optimal aging. Acquire the tools you need to empower older adults to challenge themselves and their balance. Learn about exercise modifications and simple balance testing and discuss how cooperation between the brain, nervous system, muscles and bones can help prevent falls. Explore programming strategies that will enable you to present an effective balance package to residents at all levels.

You’ll be able to:

  • Implement effective balance training and class programming for your community.
  • Empower residents through education and learning opportunities.
  • Increase clientele and revenue through balance classes and individual programming.

Faculty: Jennifer Short, BS, ACSM CPT, Health and Fitness Director; and Laura Bruce, ISSA and FiTour CPT, Fitness Specialist, Wellness Coordinator, Touchmark Retirement Community at Fairway Village.

Power training: What is it good for?Joseph Signorile

Training for power can be used as a multifaceted tool to address the spectrum of physical and mental declines often associated with aging. Learn concrete training methods for targeting independence, fall prevention, bone density, muscular endurance and cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive health. Discover simple modifications in loads, repetitions, training sets, muscles targeted and work-to recovery ratios that can make power training more effective for older adults.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the capacity of power training to address most of the declines in structure and function associated with aging.
  • Manipulate power training variables to apply targeted training routines.
  • Design power training programs to address specific declines associated with aging.

Faculty: Joseph Signorile, PhD, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, University of Miami.

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Shakti energy: Reaching all with music and movementLawrence Biscontini

Join a mindful movement experience, a standing and floor-based, barefoot-optional “work in” that fuses a variety of mindful practices such as yoga, tai chi and pilates. Shakti in Sanskrit refers to the energy and power we release when we move. Embark on a “pilgrimage” that connects head to heart to limbs while featuring an eclectic, international selection of music that has fueled Lawrence through the COVID pandemic and beyond.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss how music can forge emotional connections beyond language and culture to elicit emotive responses.
  • Recognize traditional and nontraditional kinesthetic and visual cues.
  • Help individuals create their own shakti journeys using their own playlists and signature moves.

Faculty: Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Founder, FG2000.

5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


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