Workshops

Group Workshops

Fair participants may attend three workshop sessions — one in the morning and two following lunch.

MORNING WORKSHOPS
(11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

A Simple Toolkit to Streamline Your Essential Documents

Led by Kay H. Bransford, Founder, MemoryBanc

In today’s busy world it is important for adults to organize their documents and accounts. Leave this workshop with a checklist on what to save, what to shred, and ways to record personal, financial and medical information needed for yourself or a loved one.

Aging in Place Is an Option

Panel discussion moderated by Patricia Rohrer, Long Term Care Program Manager, Fairfax County Health Department.   Panelists include Karen Skeens, Goodwin House at Home; Judy Seiff, McLean Community Village Association (McLeanCVA); and Debijo Wheatley, Aging in Place Interior Designer

Today there are more options than ever available to “age in place.”  We will hear about different options, including the “village” concept, living independently with home assistance, as well as designs for home modifications.

Are You Smarter Than Your Phone?

Led by Jackie Rich, Fairfax County Senior Centers

Do you think social media is just for the younger generation or that it is too risky or complicated? Think again! Explore the pros and cons of Facebook, Facetime, Skype and Google Duo. We will also talk about the importance of staying connected to friends and family and staying safe online.

Better Brain Health:  Save Your Memory and Your Mind!

Led by Susan Wranik, MS. MA, CCC-SLP of Susan I. Wranik Associates, L.L.C.

Based on the clinical protocol for treating short term memory issues and cognitive deficits, this upbeat, interactive program explains what’s happening to your memory, why and what you can do about it.  This is an engaging program including simple self-helps and exercises for use at home.

Clean Up Your Act: Downsizing and Decluttering

Led by Maria Spetalnik, Certified Professional Organizer

It seems so simple to declutter and downsize, so why is it so hard?  Maria shares her professional tips and tricks to help make these processes as smooth as possible.

What’s Cookin’ for One or Two?

Led by Kristen McGill, RD, LDN, Giant Food

Planning and cooking for smaller portions can sometimes be challenging. Save time and money by learning strategies on how to purchase and prepare nutritious and delicious meals, along with keeping waste to a minimum.

Tai Chi: A Path to Balance and Flexibility

Led by Pauline Reid, Instructor

One of the main causes of falling by seniors is a lack of physical movements leading to lower flexibility and balance. As you age, you may be less energetic than before and thus less inclined to exercise. Tai Chi (Tie Chee), an ancient Chinese martial art form with slow and gently flowing movements, might be a suitable exercise option to consider.

The Street Smart Senior:  How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Led by a staff member from Office of Attorney General, Mark R. Herring

Public safety threats are always changing and, unfortunately, criminals are continuing to target older adults.  Increase your awareness of identity theft, consumer fraud and telemarketing scams, and learn how to protect yourself from being a victim of these crimes.

LUNCH BREAK
(12:30 pm – 1:30 pm)

You may bring your lunch, or pre-purchase a lunch by March 31 during registration.

EARLY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
(1:45 pm–2:45 pm)

Caregiving:  A Shared Journey

Led by Carrie Brill, Caregiver Specialist and Management Analyst for Fairfax County’s Area Agency on Aging, and Lindsey Vajpeyi, Director of Education and Outreach with Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC)

Caregiving often comes with new responsibilities and unfamiliar tasks.  Learn how to prepare to care, gain an understanding of the steps to both caregiving and self-care, and create your care team.

Eating Well As You Age

Led by Cathy Turner, Director of Health Promotion and Senior Health at Virginia Hospital Center

Good nutrition is part of healthy aging. Acquire dietary tips on what you can do for optimal health to help keep you energized, fight slowing metabolism and prevent or manage chronic conditions.

Getting Out and About: A Transportation Toolkit

Panel discussion moderated by Cynthia Alarico, Fairfax County’s Mobility Manager.  Panelists include Tom Eversole, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church, and Jennifer Kanarek, NV Rides Manager

Adults of all ages and abilities who wish to remain active — physically, intellectually, creatively and socially — within their community need reliable transportation. Whether you wish to use county transportation services, public transportation, ride-sharing services or volunteer driver programs, this workshop will give you the tools needed to navigate the many transportation options.

Looking for a Meaningful Volunteer Experience

Panel discussion moderated by Theresa Brown, Director, Volunteer Solutions.  Panelists include Lauren Kessler, Volunteer Manager, FACETS; Steve Mutty, CEO, Volunteer Fairfax; and Dorothy Keenan, Grand Involve

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community.  However, the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.

Mind Over Money:  Reaching Your Financial Goals

Led by Shateela Winters, Edelman Financial Engines

Could your emotions be getting in the way of your investment decisions? Come discover how to train your brain and take control! In this interactive seminar, discover how to identify many of the biases that contribute to common mistakes in investing, helping you to be better prepared to manage your money now and through retirement.

Qigong: Moving Meditation

Led by Pauline Reid, Instructor

Qigong (Chee Gung) uses movement, breathing techniques and visualization to renew and replenish aspects of mind, body and spirit which may be out of balance or depleted.  Focusing on relaxation and stress relief, participants will discover simple, yet effective tools for improving their sense of well-being. 

Relationships Count as We Age!

Led by Sharon Alperstein, LCSW

Developing and maintaining relationships are an important part of aging and are vital to our emotional well-being.  Discover ways to Increase your ability to connect with others, on and off-line. 

Searching for a Job in the Digital Age

Led by Katherine Ponds, AARP Community Ambassador

Whether you are making a career change by choice or necessity, you can smoothly transition using the newest and best websites and apps. Find out how to age-proof your resume, how to use key words to help you get noticed, and gain tips for online networking.

Words Matter:  Communicating with Loved Ones Experiencing Memory Loss 

Led by Toni Reinhart, CDP, PAC, Dementia Friendly America Herndon

Are you living with a loved one that has memory loss?  Are you having trouble understanding why they are acting out?  Attend this engaging, interactive workshop to learn ways to communicate better with your loved one, and improve your relationship with your loved one.

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Finding a Meaningful Encore Career 

Led by Sheila Murphy, Partner/Co-Founder of FlexProfessionals

Explore the latest trends in workplace flexibility; learn how to position yourself for part-time work, and which employers to target. The goal is for you to leave this workshop energized and confident to begin your flexible job search.

Gadgets and Gizmos for Your Health and Happiness

Led by Cherie Lejenue, Age+Tech Innovator

Augmented and Virtual Reality are emerging as affordable digital tools with health and wellness applications. Also, voice devices such as Alexa, can provide users with many benefits to enhance their lives.  As an added bonus, equipment will be available for you to try .

Meditation and the Brain

Led by Petya Ivanova, Health & Wellness Manager at JCCNV

A Harvard team found that meditation can actually change the structure of the brain and improve the brain centers for learning and memory. Join us as we do everyday brain exercises followed by a short, guided meditation to strengthen the memory and rejuvenate the brain.

The Key Ingredients in Creating a Small Business

Led by Marvin Powell, CEO and Founder, Coach Powell Training & Development

A great small business always starts out as an idea, but you have to transform that idea into action. That’s where many individuals can start to feel overwhelmed. Explore ways to develop a business plan that will include start-up costs, licensing, branding, marketing, insurance, legal fees and permits.