Online events allow West Valley seniors to stay connected

Koelsch Communities providing conferencing sessions for various interests


Koelsch Communities, such as The Park at Surprise Independent Living Community, 14630 W. Parkwood Dr., Surprise, is offering online expert-led events free for West Valley seniors during shelter-in-place orders due to coronavirus precautions.

Each session may be viewed on Zoom or YouTube Live. Zoom is a video communications platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Download Zoom online or in the app store.

Video for each session is off for everyone except the speaker, so guests can join us as comfortably as they like.

Coming up:

“Laughter Yoga: Just Try It!”

When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8

About: Did you know that 10 minutes of hearty laughter gives your body the same benefits as 30 minutes on a rowing machine? Author and Laughter Coach Michele Caskey shares surprising facts about laughter, and invites guests to participate in a demonstration of Laughter Yoga. [30 minutes /live from Kirkland, Washington]


“Flashback: Powerful Reminiscing at Home”

When: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9

About: Pam Brandon, CEO of Age-u-Cate Training Institute, pioneered Dementia Live and Compassionate Touch which reaches thousands of people across the United States. In this session, she helps guests get creative in reminiscing at home with a loved one with dementia. Using her tool, Flashback, Ms. Brandon sparks memories and conversations often thought to be forgotten. [30 minutes/live from Fort Worth, Texas]


“Designing the Plate: Inspiring Techniques”

When: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14

About: Chefs Joel August and J-Lo give you the inside scoop on the art of the plate. For anyone who loves food, tips and tricks to make that next dinner party more fun or inspire work to design dishes that impress guests. [30 minutes/live from SoCal]


“SpinPoi: Ancient Maori Practice Transforming Wellbeing”

When: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16

About: For hundreds of years the Maori peoples of New Zealand have practiced poi, an art form that involves swinging a weight on a cord in circles. Dr. Kate Riegle van West specializes in working with poi to improve wellbeing for people of all ages and abilities. Her clinical research showed that not only is poi empowering and fun, but improves grip strength, attention and balance. [25 minutes/live from New Zealand]


“Finding Balance: A Conversation about Caring for Others”

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21

About: Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, a licensed marriage and family therapist, spent years counseling others. Then, she, too, experienced one of the most difficult situations in her life – caring for an aging parent. Through the experience, she created to support family caregivers in innovative new ways. She’ll share her story. Join the conversation live to ask questions about finding balance while caring for a loved on. [45 minutes/live from Connecticut]


“The Power of Giving”

When: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 28

About: Maria Cura-Castro, a Change Agent, shares her life passion of helping one another impact the communities in which we live. She is known widely for her innovative ways of infusing purpose into any business endeavor and making her region a place to thrive. Join her as she shares about Emmet and Alice Koelsch’s long history of philanthropy and inspires us to find our own unique path to making a difference. [25 minutes/live from Vancouver, Washington]


“International Innovation: Humanitude”

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29

About: João Pärtel Araújo, RN, reviews the relationship-centered care protocol embedded in hospitals and care centers across Europe, Japan and Thailand. As a master trainer and senior pedagogical instructor, he’ll explain how they are achieving outcomes like <4% bed-ridden, 80% reduction in significant behavioral responses and resistance to care, and 88.5% decrease in anti-psychotic drug use. [60 minutes/live from Portugal]


“Artsy Aging: 3 Creative Projects to Do at Home Right Now”

When: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30

About: Tina’s passion is bringing fine art techniques to seniors of all ages and abilities, specializing in teaching those with Alzheimer’s, other types of dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. Her unique ability to awaken the artist in her students has earned her the 2019 Phoenix Mayors Art Award and has skyrocketed her business to teach more than 500 seniors each month. Join us as she shares a few stories of her creative awakenings while also giving three ideas for art projects that you can make right at home. [30 minutes/live from Phoenix]


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