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Wed, Feb 14 at 2:00 pm EST
Programs of Excellence Series 2022 - Technology

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Every year NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative, and impactful programs for older adults. Each program is proof of the important work that happens at senior centers. And these programs serve as models for senior center staff across the country to implement in their communities. Join us for our Programs of Excellence webinar series where we highlight each category with a presentation by a subject matter expert and the winning programs.

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Speaker(s)

Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

Chris Hamilton, President

Angel Montoya, Recreation Division Manager

Kimberly Post, Senior Center Supervisor

Zachary Davis, Student Manager, Tech Help Program

Wed, Mar 27 at 2:00 pm EDT
(Canceled) Programs of Excellence Series 2022 - Modernization

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Overview

Every year NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative, and impactful programs for older adults. Each program is proof of the important work that happens at senior centers. And these programs serve as models for senior center staff across the country to implement in their communities. Join us for our Programs of Excellence webinar series where we highlight each category with a presentation by a subject matter expert and the winning programs.

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Speaker(s)

Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

Senior Center Summits

Wed, Feb 28 at 1:00 pm EST
Senior Center Summit: Exploring Creative Aging and Resources

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Senior centers are great places to exercise creativity. In this first session of this summit. Susan Oetgen, Arts Learning Projects Director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) will share information about creative aging, including research demonstrating impact and resources that are available to you through NASAA and in your own state. This summit focuses on incorporating arts to advance age positively, improve health outcomes, extend life, and change perceptions about older adults and aging. We will provide examples of successful arts programs, so you can incorporate at your senior center. 

In this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of the arts and its benefits and how to gain access to state resources. 
  2. Explain how positive age beliefs can be beneficial to health outcomes.
  3. Discuss possible themes and how to frame programs to be attractive, fun and meaningful to the variety of older adults that participate or attend.
Speaker(s)

Susan Oetgen, Arts Learning Projects Director

Wed, Feb 28 at 2:00 pm EST
Senior Center Summit: Best Practices of Arts Programs

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Senior centers are great places to exercise creativity. In the second session of this summit, you will hear from professionals who have implemented a variety of arts programs in senior centers – what they did, how they did it, and how it went. Learn best practices of successful programs that you can implement in your senior center.

In this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of the arts and its benefits and how to gain access to state resources. 
  2. Explain how positive age beliefs can be beneficial to health outcomes.
  3. Discuss possible themes and how to frame programs to be attractive, fun and meaningful to the variety of older adults that participate or attend.
Speaker(s)

Tracey Colagrossi, Senior Center Manager

Loryn Ray, Director, Department of Senior Services

Carmela Geer, Executive Director

Ryan Landis, Director of Operations

Wed, Feb 28 at 3:00 pm EST
Senior Center Summit: Arts Program Ideas Roundtable

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Senior centers are great places to exercise creativity. In the final session of this summit, we will breakout into small groups for an opportunity to share ideas and network with colleagues. This summit focuses on incorporating arts to advance positive aging, improve health outcomes, extend life, and change perceptions about older adults and aging. Participation in the arts has demonstrated impact on health and wellbeing - and is fun! Join us as we learn from each other. 

In this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of the arts and its benefits and how to gain access to state resources. 
  2. Explain how positive age beliefs can be beneficial to health outcomes.
  3. Discuss possible themes and how to frame programs to be attractive, fun and meaningful to the variety of older adults that participate or attend.

Fri, Sep 29 at 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual Senior Center Summit – Discover Yours

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Featuring updates from the Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center. In this summit, participants will be able to:

1. Share insights from The State of Today's Senior Centers: Successes, challenges, and opportunities. 
2. Discuss resources you can use. 
3. Network with colleagues.

Speaker(s)

Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

Ramsey Alwin, President & CEO

Jill Hall, NISC Chair

Wed, Jun 26 at 1:00 pm EDT
Senior Center Summit: Overview of Intergenerational Engagement led by Generations United

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High-quality intergenerational programming has been shown to enhance older adults’ sense of purpose, self-esteem, and connectedness to the wider community. Join us as we explore opportunities for senior centers to implement intergenerational engagement from one-time programs to shared sites, with young children to young adults. Learn about why intergenerational engagement is important, best practices, and model programs from our partners at Generations United and examples of successful programs from senior center professionals. Topics to be addressed include: building strong partnerships with organizations serving children and youth, designing activities that foster cross-age relationships, and strategies for engaging participants. We will also have an opportunity to meet in smaller groups to network and learn from each other.

Speaker(s)

Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

Nancy Z. Henkin, Ph.D, Senior Fellow

Wed, Jun 26 at 2:00 pm EDT
Senior Center Summit: Presentations of Senior Center Intergenerational Engagement in Practice

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Join us as we explore opportunities for senior centers to implement intergenerational engagement from one-time programs to shared sites, with young children to young adults. Learn about why intergenerational engagement is important, best practices, and model programs from our partners at Generations United and examples of successful programs from senior center professionals. We will also have an opportunity to meet in smaller groups to network and learn from each other. More details of this three-hour event will be coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC

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Fri, Mar 11 at 1:00 pm EST
Senior Center Round Table: Meals – Our challenges, successes, and innovations!

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This month, as we celebrate National Nutrition Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program, we invite you to join us in a peer networking round table event. We will share a few perspectives from around the country on the challenges, successes, and innovations in providing meals at our Centers now and moving forward. Then, we will break into smaller groups for interactive discussion. 

Speaker(s)

Susan Curtin, Director

Jenna Hauss, President and CEO

Anahita Feltz, Manager

Jessica Langlois, Executive Director