View previously recorded virtual sessions focused on wellness, working remotely and other professional development topics.
12/2/2020: View a Recording of the Session
With remote work being extended, Zoom fatigue is hitting us all. Holiday festivities and end of the year celebrations are also going virtual. Join us as we provide various ideas to make your regular Zoom meetings and presentations more interactive, as well as discuss ways you can make your Zoom holiday festivities fun and engaging.
11/17/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Timothy Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Faculty, returns to discuss CDC guidelines for how to safely celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family. Learn how to celebrate as normally as possible while still mitigating risk and keeping our loved ones safe and healthy.
7/30/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Learn about modern biosurveillance techniques and predictive modeling and how this can be used to assist in the pandemic. We will also discuss machine learning and the future of predictive modeling in health and healthcare
7/2/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Are you working from home for all or part of your workday? Proper office ergonomics is just as important at your home office station. Join us for solid advice and creative hacks for how to adjust your home office ergonomics to minimize force, maintain good posture and avoid excessive repetition.
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6/10/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Join Timothy Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Faculty, as he discusses social distancing as we transition into the next phases of re-opening. He will discuss CDC guidelines for how to protect yourself, the basic principles of social distancing and help you establish boundaries with friends, family and co-workers for managing social and workplace interactions in this new and changing time.
4/3/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Learn the “how to’s” of hosting your team meetings remotely. In our discussion, you’ll learn the most effective practices and skills for facilitating and navigating the tool. This will not be a demonstration. It will be a discussion to answer questions and highlight helpful tips to set you up for success. Please review the resources on the UBIT website prior to attending if you have never used Zoom before.
3/27/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Everyone who works remotely has to figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life. What about office equipment, career development, training opportunities, and building relationships with colleagues? Working remotely, especially when working from home most of the time, means figuring out these issues and others. Join a discussion focusing on tips for leading a better and more productive remote-working life.
5/25/2021: View a Recording of this Session
Join us for an interactive introduction to the idea of servant leadership – the stories behind it, the research supporting it and most importantly, how to do it. This presentation will explain what servant leadership is, address some of the myths around it and provide some tactical tools to try putting it into practice immediately.
Our speaker, James Lemoine, is an Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resources here at UB. His research focuses on leadership, ethics and creativity and has been published in the Harvard Business Review and Business Horizons, as well as prestigious academic journals like the Academy of Management Annals and Journal of Applied Psychology.
4/24/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Conversation chaos is the sum-total of the hundreds of counter-productive and ineffective conversations that take place over the course of a day, week or throughout a project. Remote work situations can contribute to this chaos, but strategically reducing it can help make teams more successful. When all that people have is words on a screen, they tend to interpret them in the worst possible way. Video conferencing makes it more difficult for people to decipher the meaning and sincerity of each other’s words and actions. To combat some of this, managers need to create an environment in which people feel comfortable enough to share what they really think and feel through peer feedback. Feedback isn’t just a supervisor’s responsibility, it’s a team responsibility to help each other learn and grow. Leaders need to set that tone and help them to connect with each other on a deeper level if they are to thrive in the new normal. Let’s discuss how we can do this for our teams as we continue to work remotely at UB.
3/31/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Managing remote employees is very different than team members in an office. Join our interactive discussion forum, moderated by UB HR, to learn the most effective practices and share what your colleagues have been experiencing managing their staff during this remote work situation.
10/7/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Why do people struggle with difficult conversations? When individuals don’t know how to address concerns or provide constructive criticism to coworkers, people become disengaged, defensive and resentful. Candid Conversations provides a roadmap to help individuals maneuver even the most difficult conversations. More importantly, it emphasizes the importance of creating a collaborative, caring environment where meaningful conversations can take place. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand the necessary steps for creating a caring environment and will leave with a script to help them navigate their next critical conversation.
9/16/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Our ability to deal effectively with our emotions in the workplace is critical to our success as employees and coworkers. Emotional intelligence is becoming an important skill set as the pace of the world increases and our environment makes more and more demands on our cognitive, emotional and physical resources.
In this one hour session, learn how emotional intelligence in the workplace increases your ability to make effective decisions, build relationships, deal with stress and cope with change. We will also explore several techniques to manage your emotions with confidence and positive results.
5/1/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Change fatigue is the response individuals have when they perceive that too much change is occurring. There are many things in organizations that contribute to change fatigue including people’s individual characteristics, leadership influences and organizational initiatives. At least with organizational changes there is usually an end in sight, a benefit to be had in the end, a reason or purpose. COVID-19 has up-ended everything from how we live to how we work and it leaves us asking “why?” or “what should I do?”. There are so many unanswered questions and no roadmap to follow. Even when we do get an answer, it changes the next day or week. What can we do to prepare ourselves and support our teammates in adjusting to all of this change as we progress to a new normal at UB? Join us for a conversation about how we can enable ourselves to move through these changing times with confidence and courage and adapt to this evolving situation.
4/17/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Working hard but not progressing the way you hoped? You're not alone. We are stuck in a non-stop culture of do, do, do and go, go, go. If this world crisis has taught us anything, it’s that doing and going are less important than we thought. Learn a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. The key is to keep learning in order to always feel like you're moving forward. Watch this TED Talk titled, How to Get Better At the Things You Care About (11 min), and then join us for a discussion about embracing the Learning Zone for sustained growth and progress toward the improvements you have been thinking about. Now is the perfect time to invest in your growth and development.
3/26/2020: View a Recording of the Session
This introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn effective practices to slow down, quiet the mind, reduce your stress, increase your attention and boost your confidence.
Join Christopher Wilson, Change Management Specialist, every Tuesday for a 20 minute guided meditation session to restore your body, reduce your stress and calm your mind so you can perform at your best.
4/28/2021 View a Recording of the Session
This presentation will discuss the basics of strength training. The presentation will include the principles behind strength training, the benefits, common myths and how to structure a workout.
11/5/2020: View a Recording of the Session
During this presentation learn new exercises to do at your desk space with no equipment needed. Your wellness specialist will discuss the importance of movement and provide additional information about physical activity!
10/15/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Learn the basics about physical activity, including heart rate zones, aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise and tips for increasing cardiovascular health, balance, flexibility and muscle mass. Employees will receive a workspace desk workout plan after the presentation.
9/30/2020: View a Recording of the Session
You may have heard that sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and depression. But did you know that being sedentary can increase your biological age by eight years? Learn what happens to bodies that sit still more than move, along with simple ways to add more movement to your day. Employees will receive a tip sheet on incorporating movement during the day.
6/11/2020: View a Recording of the Session
How do we become well in a virtual environment? UB Recreation in the past has promoted wellness programming highlighting the areas of physical and social wellness. As we progress into a new century and time, UB Recreation will be facilitating and highlighting campus resources and unique UB REC activities and programs to enhance all areas of wellness for each individual on and off UB’s campus. Join Sharon Sanford (Director of Recreation), Jennifer Kern (Marketing) and Jessica Nyrop (Associate Director) as they discuss current/future programming and resources to enhance the people of UB and their well-being.
5/12/2021: View a Recording of the Session
An overview of the effects of dieting, with an introduction to intuitive eating, a non-diet framework that sheds the “diet mentality” and strengthens trust in our bodies and enjoyment of food to help to guide optimal eating. Join registered dietician, Janice Cochran, MS, RD, and Dr. Jennifer Temple, Director, UB’s Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, as they discuss the concept of intuitive eating and the reasons why diets fail us.
5/5/2021: View a Recording of the Session
This workshop will discuss why hydration is important and what dehydration looks like. This presentation will also provide hydration considerations and how to make it a habit!
5/5/2021 View a Recording of the Session
This workshop will discuss why hydration is important and what dehydration looks like. This presentation will also provide hydration considerations and how to make it a habit!
3/3/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Weight concerns are prevalent in society and are exploited by the billion dollar weight loss industry. As a consequence, our health-related goals often center around body weight, which we conceptualize as eating less and exercising more. In this talk, we will explore how our eating and activity habits are shaped, why it is so difficult to change our eating and activity habits, how behavior change theory can inform the development of healthier habits, why we should reconsider conflating health with thinness and how we can create a more inclusive environment for people of every size.
11/11/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Added sugar has recently been a common ingredient in many foods, thus making it difficult to limit. Please join this presentation as we will explore how added sugars reflect health, common names of added sugar in food, artificial sweeteners, and strategies to lower consumption of added sugars
8/20/2020: View a Recording of the Session
You are what you eat – and you eat what you buy. Join Lauren from Independent Health as she provides a virtual shopping tour with advice for making healthier choices. Become a meal prep expert and learn food safety tips for proper care inside and outside of the kitchen.
5/21/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Putting healthy home cooked meals on the table requires time and planning. In this session, you will receive ideas and advice for things you can do ahead of time to cut the time you need to get healthy meals on the table in a flash.
5/14/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Has your eating changed in recent weeks? In this session, we will share ideas for making meals with less and managing boredom eating.
9/28/2021: View a Recording of the Session
This presentation focuses on metabolic syndrome, which affects about 25% of the U.S. population, and reviews three associated chronic disease states that significantly increase risk of heart attack and stroke: diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Learn how to prevent metabolic syndrome and control it medically and through lifestyle changes.
8/12/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Changes in work schedules, work environments, dining schedules and other activities of daily living during the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our sleep patterns.
Whether you're having more trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or simply feeling unrefreshed upon awakening—you're not alone. Dr. Rifkin refers to it as the sleep epidemic within the pandemic and will address this pervasive problem and potential fixes.
4/14/2021: View a Recording of the Session
This presentation will discuss what inflammation is and how it can impact our health. Learn the signs, common causes and what problems inflammation can trigger. Includes a discussion on both prevention and treatment.
3/31/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Using humor to cope with negative emotions and adversity can help you feel better and improve communication with your support network. Learn about why and how to use humorous coping strategies to manage stressors and laugh more often.
2/11/2021: View a Recording of the Session
We’re all negotiating a pandemic and trying to keep our families safe. We’re all on the front lines right now. The things that relieve stress and fortify are unique to the individual. To help consider healthy possibilities, join Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D. as she discusses the importance of self care and introduces you to her online Mindful Self-Care Assessment.
Dr. Cook-Cottone is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Yoga Therapist and Professor at SUNY at Buffalo. Catherine’s research specializes in embodied self- regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and mindful self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders, substance use, and trauma).
1/5/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Time constraints, caretaking obligations, fatigue - there are plenty of factual barriers standing between you and your health goals. You may have already found creative ways around these barriers only to hit a new layer of obstacles: the psychological roadblocks of resistance, procrastination, overwhelm and self-doubt. In this presentation, Master Certified Life and Business Coach, Linda Bucher, will show you how to hurdle those psychological barriers so you can get out of your own way and move toward your goals.
Linda is a Master Certified Life Coach and Business Mentor who is passionate about helping smart, driven, successful people to get out of their own way and GO BIG in life and business. Incorporating 25 years of corporate experience, more than 10 years as an entrepreneur, and an MBA, with her multiple life coaching certifications and diverse experiences, Linda sits in a unique place to help people unleash the bigness inside and turn dreams into realities.
12/17/2020: Request the PowerPoint Slides
The holiday season can be a time for connection, celebration and joy for some while others may experience a sense of isolation or stress. It is possible that the holiday season and celebrations may be impacted this year as a result of the pandemic. This session will offer support surrounding this uncertainty and effective tools to increase coping and resiliency.
12/9/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Most of the world's population spends about one-third of their adult life at work. That leaves the rest of their time for family, recreation, sleep and other priorities. Balancing work with home life is a daily struggle and that is especially important right now with many people working from home. Work-life demands impact our interactions with our families, friends and others in our personal and professional circles. Finding the right balance between work and home life leads to more efficient, productive work and higher satisfaction in life overall. In this interactive session, you will uncover your personal priorities to help find the right mix that works for you personally.
11/18/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Join Daniel Rifkin, Medical Director, Sleep Medicine Centers of WNY and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at UB as he discusses how you can improve the quality of your sleep.
11/12/2020: View a Recording of the Session
This seminar we will discuss habits and how our behaviors can affect not only our mental health but our overall health. We will look at what might affect healthy behaviors and how starting small can make a big difference.
8/6/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Join Lauren from Independent Health as she provides information on how emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and environment influences our overall health. This session includes tips to modify unhealthy behaviors, manage stress and achieve a better work-life balance.
7/22/2020: View a Recording of the Session
A growing number of people suffer silently with depression and anxiety. Join Lauren Smith from Independent Health as she covers the signs and symptoms to look for, treatment options and resources for help.
5/6/2020: View a Recording of the Session
UB HR recognizes that it is difficult to achieve work/life balance. Understanding the benefits available to you as an employee can only assist you in all aspects of your life. The Benefits and Work-Life Balance department in Human Resources will present information about your leave benefits, using your accruals and other programs that may help you have a comfortable work-life balance such as mediation services, fitness and wellness classes, career coaching and lactation support.
4/30/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Studies have shown that positive thinking can improve your creativity and energy levels, increase your success and productivity and lead to improved health. With the current situation, it is easy to fall into a trap of negativity. In this session, you will learn how to overcome negative thinking and re-frame your mindset to one more positive and optimistic.
4/8/2020: View a Recording of the Session
As COVID-19 spreads and more of us are working from home, stress and anxiety are even more prevalent right now as we juggle kids, work, worry and lack of normal routines. In this session, you will learn what causes stress, how to recognize stress, and ways of coping with and managing stress.
4/7/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Everyone wants to perform well when the pressure's on, but a lot of us withdraw in times of stress or adversity. If you can build your resilience, you'll have an easier time facing new challenges and learn a valuable skill. Being resilient is also a key component of emotional intelligence. Watch this training video to learn how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your "resiliency threshold." Then, join in on a discussion on April 7 with ODE and EAP about this training to review highlights and get your questions answered about building resiliency. There could not be a better time to become more resilient. Watch LinkedInTraining Video, Building Resilience (34 min) Prior to the Discussion on 4/7.
1/26/2022: View a Recording of the Session
If you are planning for your personal vacations and have questions about your trip, Wellness and Work/Life Balance is pleased to welcome back Elizabeth Carey and Kevin Bloom from AAA of WNY, Inc. They will answer your questions about travel under our current conditions where things seem to change every moment. For this workshop, registrants can submit their specific questions beforehand so that you can be sure to get the information you need to get your specific travel questions answered.
10/7/2021: View a Recording of the Session
This is your opportunity to ask experienced home gardeners questions about your own garden. What type of plants work best in shade? How about a sunny, dry spot? What plants will the deer not eat? How about clay soil? Weeds – what can I do?
6/17/2021: View a Recording of the Session
With more communities and travel opportunities opening up, travelers have a lot of questions about when and where they can go and what they’ll need as far as vaccinations. Join Elizabeth Carey and Kevin Bloom from AAA Western and Central New York as they share the latest travel news, trends, and safety tips in this informative session!
5/13/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Cravens World displays a collection of archaeological, ethnographic and art objects from all over the world, some of which date as far back as 4,500 BC. Donated to the UB College of Arts and Sciences in 2010 by Annette Cravens (1923-2017), MSW ’68, this collection of over 1,100 objects can be viewed and researched in a visible storage system at UB Anderson Gallery. Over the past year UB Art Galleries Graduate Assistant Ashley Cercone has been doing research into the artists who made the objects in the collections and on this tour she will share her findings!
4/21/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Take an art break and go on a virtual tour of Karyn Olivier's exhibition Everything That's Alive Moves!
Karyn Olivier makes monuments. She investigates scale, public memory, and how they relate to issues of inclusivity and acceptance. The exhibition Everything That’s Alive Moves brings together two themes the artist has focused on in recent years: larger-than-life scale and the minute, modest gesture. An obelisk sculpture, a car made entirely of shoes, and a brick wall built using discarded clothing as mortar are among the works selected to be reimagined and constructed on-site at UB Art Galleries.
The tour will be led by UB Art Galleries curator Liz Park and graduate assistant and MFA candidate Maria Barrientos.
3/30/2021: View a Recording of the Session
While the winter winds are still blowing, there are some gardening tasks that you can do now, like starting seeds at home. We will discuss the principles of seed starting, what you might need, and what types of plants to try. In addition, we’ll take a look at some gardening jobs to undertake while your garden is still asleep.
3/11/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Take an art break and learn about UB’s newest public art piece by Philip Pavia, East Pediment, Sun-up (1965-66) and the exhibition of his drawings and sculptures at UB Art Galleries!
As a leading sculptor in the American postwar movement, Philip Pavia (1912-2005) was passionate in his belief that sculpture could produce breakthrough visual dynamics that might parallel the achievements made by the avant-garde action painters of his generation. He would chisel, lean, and stack marble blocks, suggesting movement in bold, gravity-defying compositions referred to as “scatterings.”
Organized in conjunction with the unveiling of East Pediment, Sun-up (1965-66), a large-scale, outdoor sculpture recently installed on UB’s North campus, Drawings and Small Sculptures documents Pavia’s process. Pavia’s sketches are presented as ideal counterpoints to the carved stone and bronze sculptures, they are not exact studies for sculptures, but they are related forms and ideas. Pavia described them as “butterfly thoughts” that passed through his mind.
9/23/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Autumn is fast approaching, along with rain, frost and falling leaves. But that doesn’t mean that your garden is completely finished for the season! There is much that can be done to extend your current blooming plants, introduce new varieties and also prepare your garden for winter. This session will explore different plant varieties to extend the blooming season, and also includes activities you can do to ensure your plants survive a Buffalo winter.
8/13/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Many people have had trips and vacations interrupted and plans altered due to the impact of COVID-19. AAA sees many travelers looking for local destinations to quench their pent-up desire to travel. Road trips are the popular trend this season, with motorists making up 97% of all summer travel. At the same time, future bookings are increasing for 2021 and beyond as many travelers want to get a vacation scheduled. AAA wants to ensure that travelers are aware of the extra planning and precautions they must take before and during their trip during a pandemic. Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations for AAA Western and Central New York, will be joined by a AAA Travel Consultant to offer tips for safe travel now or in the future.
8/5/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Thinking Through Photographs is an exhibition of questions and prompts in the form of a downloadable PDF. Initially conceptualized as a gallery installation of text, books, and other resources, this project now lives on UB Art Galleries’ website as a free resource for teachers and students of photography, as well as anyone interested in digging deeper into what it means to make a photograph in 2020. Join curator Liz Park for a discussion on how to use the PDF as a set of tools and why we need to take the time to think through photographs.
7/16/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Presenter: Gerry Rising, retired UB faculty member
The isolation required to address the coronavirus has led to increased interest in the natural world around us, particularly in the birds that enhance our backyards and parklands. Mike Noonan and Gerry Rising have developed a website that supports those whose interest is so captured, and it has been popular with birdwatching beginners. We'll talk with Gerry about the website, birdwatching and ornithology.
6/25/2020: View a Recording of the Session
We are living in challenging times. If nothing else, COVID-19 has crystallized the importance of valuing science, appreciating the fragility of life, and understanding the importance of how decisions deferred create dire consequences for present and future generations. While we are focused on reducing the curve, it is also important that we not lose sight of the valuable lessons we are learning that will be key in addressing the challenge that climate change and sustainable development pose. Join us for a conversation around what we are learning through COVID-19 and how it could help us evolve, learn and adjust our thinking and prioritization of how we advance climate action and the sustainable development goals.
6/17/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Join David Hoekstra, clinical assistant professor of biological sciences, who runs the UBBees research and outreach initiative, to discuss the basics of beekeeping, and/or supporting the bees by planting pollinator friendly plants at their houses. Learn about all the differences between a yellow jacket, honey bee, carpenter bee, bumble bee, and other kinds of bees.
6/4/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Take an art break and go on a virtual tour of Sally Cook: 1960–Present!
A painter of dynamic scenery, intimate portraits and sumptuous still life, Buffalo-born Sally Cook has been a vital part of the arts community in Western New York since her early years as a student at the Albright Art School in the 1950s. This survey brings together major paintings from her earliest abstract canvas dating 1960 to the most recent figurative works. The exhibition also highlights her work as a poet and her painterly engagement with the poet Emily Dickinson who provides an ongoing inspiration for Cook.
Led by UB Art Galleries curator of exhibitions Liz Park, this tour will give an overview of the exhibition and UB Art Galleries.
5/29/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Annual flowers bring color and beauty to your garden in a fast and easy way. This session will provide tips on how to plant your newly purchased annuals to perform their best. We’ll talk about soil preparation, fertilizers, proper location and containers. Then we’ll get into your gardening questions. Notice how we didn’t say ask an expert – we might not be able to answer all your questions, but let’s bring some issues to the table!! To help the presenter prepare for your questions, we request that you email your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/27/2020: View a Recording of the Session
This session will provide a simple eBay tutorial so you can learn the in's and out's of how to sell stuff online. You will learn the basics of eBay—what sells, how to sell, how to ship, PayPal and how to avoid scams.
4/22/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Having blooms nearly all year long is an important goal for gardeners. Not only does this add to your curb appeal (and property value), it supports our pollinators and is good for your mental health. We’ll discuss what plants you should consider to extend your bloom time to nearly four seasons.
2/9/2022: View a Recording of the Session
Wellness and Work/Life Balance is pleased to welcome back Jamie Shaner, owner of Home Solutions of WNY, Inc. She brings back her expertise about Residential and Office Organizing, Decluttering and Downsizing and Senior Move Management to all of us here at UB.
12/8/2021: View a Recording of the Session
As an estate planning lawyer, Judy Wagner recognizes that estate planning is most effective when done in advance of a crisis, but that life is often unpredictable. Whatever the timing, anticipation of a client and their family’s needs is a crucial component to effective estate planning and Judy applies this philosophy as an estate attorney. This workshop is designed to answer your specific questions about Estate Planning. Registrants will submit questions prior to the sessions.
9/30/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Jamie Shaner of Home Solutions of WNY, Inc. returns to discuss the process, the products, and the perks of getting your physical and electronic office clutter under control. Jamie is an organization expert and has presented several workshops for UB Human Resources over the past several years. Her programs continue to be requested and are some of our most popular.
7/1/2021: View a Recording of the Session
The housing market has been on everyone's mind lately. If I sell my home will I automatically get top dollar? How can I compete as a buyer in this market? How is the rental market? Will interest rates remain low?
We may not have a crystal ball that predicts the future but we have many years of experience and we want to share what we have learned and how it impacts our clients in today's market. Presented by Hunt Real Estate.
10/22/2020: View a Recording of the Session
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many families becoming caregivers because of the concern over the safety of, and lack of access to facilities. Now, in addition to your own life and responsibilities, a whole new commitment has been added to your already full plate. This session will address important considerations for planning when caring for an elderly or disabled family member at home. It will provide important information on different forms of supplemental needs trusts for the protection of assets and excess income of the disabled individual, while maintaining eligibility for government benefits. It will also cover special challenges when planning with retirement benefits, review asset protection techniques and Medicaid planning considerations. It will also touch on the different forms of guardianships.
10/8/2020: View a Recording of the Session
9/24/2020: View a Recording of the Session
The last few months have taught us the importance of having an estate plan. Planning in this new pandemic world has presented numerous challenges and issues we now cannot put off. This session will review the essential estate planning documents we all should have and why, including wills, advance directives and powers of attorney. It will touch on what is new in the last year and will address upcoming changes and how they will affect your planning. It will provide information on the different forms of trusts available and explain why they are useful. It will also explain “probate,” how the estate administration process works, and why it should be avoided.
9/10/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Whether you have sizeable wealth or a modest estate, the cost of long term care can quickly deplete your estate. Planning for home care, assisted living or nursing home care may be complicated, particularly in terms of Medicaid eligibility. There are many misconceptions surrounding the Medicaid program and how eligibility is determined.
The pandemic has resulted in many families taking care of their loved ones at home, which means an increase in the use of community based Medicaid services. On October 1, 2020 sweeping changes will be made to the Community Medicaid eligibility process. This workshop will explain Medicaid eligibility, the rules about transferring assets and other actions that can impact eligibility, including the upcoming changes. We will also discuss legal techniques that can be implemented to protect your assets, whether you are planning well in advance or have an immediate need for care. This program will provide basic knowledge necessary to minimize the potentially catastrophic effect the cost of long term care can have on family wealth.
6/3/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Real Estate is not only one of the largest financial investments you will make in your life; it is a very emotional one as well. Hunt Real Estate ERA will offer advice on buying and selling in today's market that incorporates the challenges of low inventory, how qualifying for a mortgage has recently changed and how most of it is done from a virtual platform.
4/23/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, this seminar discusses important aspects of downsizing, such as when to start, where to start, and how to start the downsizing process. Jamie also touches on minimizing your “stuff” – focusing on how to decide what to keep and what to toss.
4/16/2020: View a Recording of the Session
This seminar features Jamie Shaner's tried and true step-by-step approach for successfully tackling any organizing project. The focus will be on the “stuff” that fills our closets, cupboards and drawers as well as attics, basements and garages. No more junk drawers! She will go into more detail about how to handle the daily flow of mail and paperwork in our lives, as well as how to set up a filing system and eliminate paper piles once and for all.
11/18/2021: View a Recording of the Session
Judy assists clients with Medicaid planning, long-term care planning and wealth preservation, developing effective plans to assure her clients receive the best care, and where possible, implement asset protection and crisis planning techniques. This workshop is designed to answer your specific questions about Elder Care.
8/18/2021: View a Recording of the Session
The past 16 months have been very disruptive to our routines, particularly for children and families. As we transition to a more normal schedule, our kids may need support getting back into routine.
This session will provide information, strategies, and resources for parents on helping youth reduce anxiety, manage well-being and ease into a post-summer routine.
6/23/2021: View a Recording of the Session
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many children have gained too much weight during quarantine. Lockdown and school closings created the same effect as summer vacation, when children usually gain the most weight. Join JoAnn Stevelos, MS, MPH, as she discusses what you can do as a parent to help your child be body positive and develop an action plan.
6/24/2020: View a Recording of the Session
With daycare centers slowly re-opening and summer camp options limited, UB wants to help you find child care that works for you and your needs. Join Christen Balistreri, Child Care Navigator from Child Care Resource Network, as she helps you to navigate local options to find the right fit for your family’s needs.
4/9/2020: View a Recording of the Session
How will we survive the lengthy shelter-in-place with young kids at home? How can I balance my work responsibilities and child care duties? How can we create meaningful experiences for my kids? These are questions you might be struggling with in this uncertain time. To help you cope, we are hosting an online session with child development/early education experts from the Graduate School of Education's Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC). They will provide guidelines and resources related to how to cope as a family, how to provide self-care and how to care for and educate young kids (ages 0-6). Our experts will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
4/6/2020: View a Recording of the Session
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in our lives, particularly for children and families. Routines have been uprooted and children may be asking questions that are difficult for parents to answer. This is distressing for children and their parents alike. This session will provide tips and resources for parents on helping youth of all ages cope, reduce anxiety and manage well-being during this difficult time.
4/2/2020: View a Recording of the Session
This session will include a discussion about NCAA scholarship rules, eligibility regulations and recruiting guidelines, as well as the differences in Division I, II and III. Our presenter is Kelly Cruttenden, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance here at UB.
5/14/20: View a Recording of the Session
In this session, Miss Julia will provide the kids with a basic background about how computers work, paired with several interactive coding activities done on paper. Children between the ages of 5-12 yrs old should be able to follow along with ease.
5/7/2020: View a Recording of the Session
Join Miss Julia as she walks kids through the Think Like a Detective Activity from Take Your Kids to Work Day. Learn more about decrypting codes, using invisible ink and fingerprint activities.
10/20/2020-10/22/2020: View Recordings of the Sessions
Thank you for joining us for our Virtual Wellness Week 2020 — three days of informative and engaging programming led by UB and community experts.
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