December 14, 2022 MAP Meeting
12/15/22, 12:00 AM
"Whole Person/Whole World" Programming with a Dash of Holiday Cheer
Expanding upon Betsy Best-Martini's discussion of best programming practices last month, we shall share "Whole Person"/"Whole World" programming strategies based on four recent films. Each film features a multicultural hero/heroine who inspires follow-up activity programming related to physical, emotional, creative, cultural, cognitive, social and spiritual well-being. Since many of our Activity Professionals have multicultural heritage and most of us are descended from immigrants, I chose to feature lead characters with diverse backgrounds. My own extended family is composed of individuals from many backgrounds, which is why I am a lifelong educator/student. My education and work experience includes teaching elementary school through graduate school and adult ed; long-term care engagement, education, and administration: writing, editing, and publishing. For more info, view https://www.sallygelardin.com.
November 9, 2022 MAP Meeting
11/10/22, 12:00 AM
Finding the Perfect Person-Centered Activity
Activity Professionals are always looking for a perfect activity that will bring joy and interaction to clients of varied needs. This session is created as a stepping stone to finding what works. We always start with a good initial assessment, then we look at types and levels of programming. About: Betsy Best-Martini is a recreational therapist who has been working with elderly clients since 1978! She has trained over 800 activity professionals, and is the author of Long Term Care, 7th edition and Exercise for Frail Elders.
She currently teaches 4 classes weekly of Strength Training and Balance at College of Marin and Dominican University. Betsy also provides consultation to long term care settings along with working 1-1 with older adult clients.
October 12, 2022 MAP Meeting
10/12/22, 11:00 PM
ESCOM Classes & Clubs for Seniors
Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is a pioneer in providing engaging programs for seniors in Marin. For almost 50 years, ESCOM has provided a large variety of clubs, interesting talks, social and cultural events for our seniors, both online and in person. These programs are available to seniors who live independently and to those who live in long-term care and skilled nursing communities with online access to the Internet.
We bring people together through shared common interests and backgrounds, providing a rich selection of educational and fun endeavors to enrich client's and resident's lives. These are the opportunities to share their passion and knowledge with others. Join us to find out what we offer for you and your clients. Gary Gonser BIO:
Gary is currently ESCOM President, and has worked with ESCOM on the Council and Program Committee. He has an MA in Psychology with a background of theatre production and project management. Having worked actively with Rotary for over 15 years, Gary is committed to serving our community to provide meaningful resources and programs for our seniors.
Leonard Weingarten BIO:
Leonard is ESCOM's Vice President and has a rich background in developing, marketing and managing successful business, civic and educational partnerships and programs. His accomplishments include recruiting over 1,000 new members to the San Rafael Chamber, managing projects for two Summer Olympic Games and spearheading a youth entrepreneurial program that exceeded its goal by 700%.
September 14, 2022 MAP Meeting
9/14/22, 11:00 PM
The Rosie Legacy: Honoring Our Home Front Elders
Do you honor your Rosies? Join us for this presentation about how the Rosie the Riveter Trust honors and strives to ensure the legacy of the people who worked on the WWII home front is remembered. Discover how the Trust encourages youth to emulate the values of working towards a common goal through its programs with Rosie the Riveter/WWII H.ome Front National Park. Presenters Bios: Sarah "Jo" James - Development Associate Manager Jo holds two bachelor's degrees from University of California Santa Cruz in Business Management and Film & Digital Media.
Lisa Foote - Marketing and Public Relations Manager
After serving as a volunteer for many years, Lisa furthers the Trust's goals of preserving home front history, and supporting and expanding the park’s educational programs. Lisa holds a master’s degree in integrated arts from San Francisco Art Institute, and a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute.
August 17, 2022 MAP Meeting
8/17/22, 11:00 PM
Facilitating Spirituality through the Arts
Participants will learn numerous tools and resources to facilitate a faith-based group through the arts (art, music, science, nature, drama, literature, poetry, humanities). Participants will explore practices and ideologies that relate to their interests, knowledge, and sense of community.
About: Gina Pandiani, MA, AP-BC, has been an Activity Professional for Independent and Assisted Living, SNF and Health and Memory Care. She currently serves at Aldersly Retirement Community as the Health Care Services Activity Director. She has a BA in Drama from Dominican University and an MA in Theology from USF. She received her Activity Professional Certification from APNCC Activity Professionals National Credentialing Center (formerly NAAPCC). She served on the Board of Directors as Education Director for NCCAC and as Education Director and President for Marin Activity Professionals.
July 13, 2022 MAP Meeting
7/13/22, 11:00 PM
Ayurveda: The Art of Balance
This presentation will introduce an ancient perspective on how to find balance according to the nature of your individual constitution. You will learn simple lifestyle techniques that can help you maintain this balance. Maintaining balance amidst the highs and lows of the Pandemic and its after effects is a continual practice. All of us – community members, staff, management, family members, volunteers and consultants – can benefit by expanding our understanding of how to balance our lives in these challenging times. Physical exercise, diet, and other "whole" body dimensions all come into play as we learn about how to maintain balance in our lives. About: Alicia and Alison are holistic practitioners and co-creators of Best Years Group, LLC. Their mission is to provide innovative wellness programs and seminars for seniors and the staff that serve them.
June 8, 2022 MAP Meeting
6/8/22, 11:00 PM
Boomers as Consumers: Promoting Wellness through Creative Programming
There has been a monumental build up to the day that long term care settings invite someone in the Boomer age group and cohort. What do we need to change? How can we market to this group? What kind of people are they and what will they expect? Baby boomers are moving into LTC settings for short term rehab and also long term stays. But most staff do not recognize them! Why? Because this term is almost like the term “senior”. Too vague for the variety and individualism of this generation. They do not look different, but they are. Boomers are very unique in their values and characteristics.Boomers need to be better understood before assuming what they would like to see in your programs. Always look for the person, not the age, stage, or ability. About: Elizabeth (Betsy) Best-Martini is a Recreational Therapist specializing in work with Older Adults and Frail Elders. She has a Master of Science in Recreational Therapy/ Administration. Her business, “Best Training & Consultation” and “Fit For Life” provide consultation, training and instruction both in California and across the country. She is an instructor of the Activity Coordinator State Approved Training Course and has trained over 700 activity professionals!
May 11, 2022 MAP MEETING
5/11/22, 11:00 PM
Legacy Film Festival on Aging
Sheila Malkind, Founder and ED of Legacy Film Festival on Aging, will introduce upcoming the November 2022 Festival, preview upcoming films and give a glimpse of past films. About: After 60 years in the field of aging, first in Chicago, and now in San Francisco, Sheila Malkind, 82, is passionate about presenting films on aging to the SF community and the world. She sees her work as her passion, based on her experiences working and socializing with older people. Sheila hopes to transform the images of adults that are currently represented in the media into more realistic and dynamic images of people with experience who wish to learn new concepts, and who have much to contribute to society, through work, volunteerism, socializing, and just simple enjoyment in life. In 2020 she suffered a stroke, affecting her mobility, and as a result has an even greater interest in showing films on disability issues.
April 13, 2022 MAP Meeting
4/13/22, 11:00 PM
Dental Problems: The Root of Much Evil
Two in three individuals 65 and older have gum disease. Additional physical challenges related to inadequate dental hygiene include tooth decay, tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and oral cancers. Dr. Lew Specker, a Marin-based retired dentist of over 50 years, will discuss “Oral hygiene for the elderly, medically, and physically compromised” – causes of the issues, and their roots. He will focus on the most frequent dental issues. Other topics will be addressed as questions are presented.
About: Dr. Specker has a specialty in dental education, research, endodontics, enzyme therapy, fixed prosthodontics, and TMJ/Occulsion. He has published research and lectured at dental schools in the United States and abroad
March 9, 2022 MAP Meeting
3/10/22, 12:00 AM
What's Your Story? The importance of resident life stories
Nathan Howland introduced us to the history of the old hospital building in the previous Hamilton Airforce Base. This historic and and newly restored building is now Elegance Living. Nathan is the Director of Memory Support. He likens their work to a team of detectives searching for all of the stories that create each unique resident. The story continues to grow as more stories emerge. Activities should create magic moments and help residents hold onto their long term and new memories. Nathan also spoke on the importance of understanding trauma that someone may have experienced which can impact how they respond to groups, living in a new environment and also feeling safe. Betsy reinforced the importance of Trauma Based Care. Last month’s speaker, Mary Anne Weeks, MPH, gave an excellent presentation on this topic and this can be viewed on the MAP website, www.marinactivitypro under MAP Monthly Meetings.
February 9, 2022 MAP Meeting
2/10/22, 12:00 AM
Dr. Beth Milwid will introduce us to HeartMath LLC, a training and research organization that focuses on promoting stress relief and health. She also will provide links to videos and materials on ways to stay calm amidst daily pressures and pandemic uncertainty.
Dr. Beth Milwid is a Marin County psychologist who specializes in stress management, career coaching, and strategic communications. For more than 25 years, Beth has helped individuals and organizations achieve their goals. She has taught career planning at the College of Marin and Sonoma State University and coached students and adults ranging in age from 18 to 78. She has also worked with managers and employees inside organizations including Apple Computer, UCSF Medical Center, and Charles Schwab.
In 2019, Beth was certified in stress management coaching by HeartMath LLC and has served clients remotely during the pandemic.
January 12, 2022 MAP Meeting
1/13/22, 12:00 AM
Trauma-Based Care has become an essential component of care for all residents. It is the responsibility of the SSD to complete an assessment that queries residents related to life-style choices or incidents which have left lingering, traumatic effects and that might have identifiable triggers in the SNF environment. Follow up becomes an Interdisciplinary Team approach, with the goal of providing a safe, mentally healthy home for each resident, regardless of life experiences.
Mary Anne Weeks, co-author of the Long Term Care manual for Activity Professionals, Social Services Professionals, and Recreational Therapists, approved by the state of California.