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Empowering Elders to Serve
For older adults, service and volunteerism can be a prescription for reducing stress, improving moods, preventing loneliness, as well as an array of health benefits such as lower blood pressure. But too often the assumption is that elders in long-term and residential care need volunteers to support them – rather than the flip side of making it possible for elders to serve their community.

Join gerontologist Benjamin Surmi with Koelsch Communities as he facilitates a hands-on, idea-generating workshop. From animals, the environment, mission work, people in need, education, military, or art, participants will gain concrete ideas on empowering the elders in their community to serve in ways that matter to them.

But, before you join the webinar, there’s homework. Text photos, videos, or text descriptions of ways your elders are already serving others to Benjamin at 360.526.6201 – any time, day, or night. Your ideas might end up on the screen during this dynamic workshop.

• Understand the value of service and volunteerism for residents in a senior community
• Gain concrete ideas on how to build service as an integral dimension in a community’s culture
• Share examples of successful and effective ways to build volunteerism and engagement

Benjamin Surmi, MSG, Social Gerontologist

Nursing: This program has been submitted for one clock hour of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Administrators: This program has been submitted for one clock hour of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).

Nov 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Benjamin Surmi, MSG, Social Gerontologist
Director of Education and Culture @Koelsch Senior Communities LLC
Benjamin is passionate about designing powerful user experiences for elders and the people who serve them. As a social gerontologist, he spearheads initiatives to re-think and re-build — opening the first lifelong learning center in partnership with a YMCA and with elders driving the program decisions. He shapes innovative engagement experiences for seniors, as well as specialized programming for people living with dementia, including in-demand educational experiences for professionals and families, and building onboarding and training for 2,000+ dementia professionals.