KWC offers Lunch and Learn webinars on aging and enrichment

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Edmeston, NY, October 5, 2023 … The Kennedy Willis Center on Down Syndrome at Pathfinder Village is hosting a four-part Lunch and Learn webinar series this autumn, Nurturing Your Best Self through Music, Art, Movement & Mindfulness. The noontime series will share useful strategies for families and direct support staff who care for older adults with Down syndrome, dementia, and other disabilities.

The series is part of the Center’s and Pathfinder Village’s observance of October as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. October was first designated as a national observance by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and has been recognized every year since. The month is focused on celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of people with Trisomy 21.

Series registration is $30 per attendee; online information and a registration link are at kwcdownsyndrome.org. The series will be facilitated by E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA of Jefferson Elder Care, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and Brittany Goodrich, Director of the Kennedy Willis Center, the research and advocacy arm of Pathfinder Village. For over four years, Jefferson Elder Care and the Kennedy Willis Center have collaborated on creating staff training modules, online content, and outreach programs to present best practices in aging for older adults with Down syndrome.

“People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before, and the changes associated with aging may affect a person’s participation in activities that are important to them,” said Dr. Herge. “The cognitive and physical changes with aging and the onset of dementia make it particularly challenging for individuals to stay active and engaged.”

“Our noontime Lunch and Learn webinar series will explore the relationship of participating in meaningful activities with health and well-being,” added Director Goodrich. “Our knowledgeable presenters will discuss ways you may use music, art, movement and mindfulness to help the people you support stay active, involved in activities, and experience joy.”

The sessions will be on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and will feature:

Oct. 25   Your Creative Self: The Value of Art, even if You're Not Artistic: Anne Dudley-Smith is the Gallery Director for The Arc Otsego's Main View Gallery, a studio that celebrates the creative powers and insights of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She will discuss how to structure art activities for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and how to involve people in creative processes to achieve wellness goals.

Nov. 1   Fun Fitness Ideas for All Ages & Abilities: Zoe Curtis is an experienced group fitness instructor who specializes in POUND workouts, ZUMBA, and other health movement formats. She has coached for over 12 years in ways that allow people to enjoy movement, make exercise fun, and build their self-confidence while providing an inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities. She has led in-person and online classes for gyms, private groups, centers for people with disabilities, senior living communities, and substance addiction recovery centers.

Nov. 8   Discover Your Musical Joy: How Music Can Heal Us: Join acclaimed sound healer Jimbo Talbot in this session focused on facilitating transformative music and sound programs to promote health and wellness for people with disabilities. The founder of DrumQuest, Mr. Talbot has led drum circles at Pathfinder Village for over 10 years and offers a variety of programs to meet audience needs. He is a trained Remo Health Rhythms® facilitator, Village Music Circles® Global Drum Facilitator, a graduate of Music For People®, and a graduate of Ithaca College of Music.

Nov. 15   Being Mindful, Positive & Connected: The final webinar is a panel discussion by spiritual providers who have extensively worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities who are seeking advice on life's big issues such as loss, faith, and other topics. Our panel includes the Rev. Douglas Burleigh, Fly Creek, the chaplain at Pathfinder Village and Community Hospice of Albany; and Sr. Mary Veasy and Sr. Susan Lindinger, who provide pastoral care and counseling at Divine Providence Village, Springfield, Pa., a residential community that serves adult women with disabilities and dementia.

To learn more about the Kennedy Willis Center and its outreach initiatives, visit kwcdownsyndrome.org or https://pathfindervillage.org/innovation-kwc. The Center was established in 1996 with a three-fold mission: to provide education opportunities for families and the community at large regarding best practices in developmental disabilities, to serve as an information and life planning resource, and to host and support studies by accredited research organizations related to Down syndrome and related disabilities.

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Join us for our 25th annual Summer Concert Series

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Edmeston, New York, June 13, 2023 … Join the Pathfinder Village community as it celebrates its silver anniversary Summer Concert Series. A mainstay of the area’s summer arts scene, Pathfinder’s concerts feature free, live performances on Monday evenings in July and August, starting on July 10.

“Our 25th annual Summer Concert Series is at a new day and time, which includes many new artists playing different types of music,” said event planner Monica Clark, the Village’s Manager of Fund Development & People Engagement. “This year we’re excited to offer affordable food concessions so that families and music lovers can enjoy a light supper while they relax during the live shows at our Pavilion.”

“We love the energy and the feeling of community that happens each summer during our Pathfinder concerts,” added Mrs. Clark. “We appreciate the tremendous support we’ve enjoyed for 25 years from the New York State Council on the Arts, other donors, regional arts organizations, our artists, and community members.”

Pathfinder Village is a non-profit, livable community and service provider for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. The Village engages the public through its micro-business, Pathfinder Bakery and Pathfinder Produce, and community events to support inclusion and equity for people with intellectual disabilities.

The concert concessions will be organized by volunteers from the residents’ advocacy and advisory group, Council Rock. Along with drinks and snacks, the Council Rock members will sell ice cream treats from Gilligan’s of Sherburne and a light supper menu; details are at Pathfinder’s Facebook events page. Food sale proceeds will benefit Council Rock activities.

The musical performances of the Summer Concert Series are made possible with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House. Additional support is provided by private donors, Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program, and WGY’s Christmas Wish.

To find out more, please call (607) 965-8377, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit pathfindervillage.org.

In 2023, Pathfinder Village’s Summer Concerts will be on Mondays evenings and include:

  • July 10, 5:30 pm  Crushing Midnight Duo (New!): Less is more as the Crushing Midnight Duo -- vocalist Leslie Borden and guitarist Dave Harris -- play their own "unplugged" and bluesy tinted versions of '80s and '90s rock, pop, and country hits and other timeless classics.
  • July 17, 5:30 pm  The Real-Time Dixieland Band: Mark Sands and The Realtime Dixieland Band have been pleasing CNY audiences since 2017.  The group includes some of the area’s finest concert musicians and has fun with New Orleans-style jazz. Their repertoire includes songs by history's most renowned jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, and Fats Waller. They also include contemporary music by Jimmy Buffet, John Denver, and more.
  • July 24, 5:30 pm  SPECIAL SUMMER PERFORMANCE (New!) The Magic of Chris Wheel: School psychologist Chris Wheel has been entertaining audiences for 15+ years with his artistry, combining sleight-of-hand, parlor tricks, and his own engaging brand of comedy. A frequent performer at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Chris promises to amaze you, wanting more, and leave you laughing. (This performance is funded outside of the SCR/state arts council grant).
  • July 31, 5:30 pm  Ten Gallon Matt (New!): Stetsons and six-strings are back in fashion as Ten Gallon Matt shares his repertoire of classic and outlaw country favorites. Ten Gallon Matt authentically pays homage to Willie, Waylon, and Hank, and showcases crowd-pleasing hits by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, and other country superstars.
  • Aug. 7, 5:30 pm  Grit N Grace Duo (New!): Grit N Grace has been entertaining regional audiences with their unique blend of high-energy country, rock, and dance music. Enjoy their duo's eclectic covers of hits from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, to ZZ Top and The Doors!
  • Aug. 14, 5:30 pm  Midland Park (New!): Midland Park is a new quintet that showcases its members' versatility on horns and other instruments while revisiting favorites from the'60s onward. You won't want to miss their renditions of hits by The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Chicago, The Eagles, and others.  
  • Aug. 21, 6 p.m.  The Small Town Big BandThis 14-piece swing music band is comprised of people from all walks of life who enjoy making music together. The ensemble features brass, reeds, rhythm, and vocals, and performs hits from the 1930s to the present in the Big Band style.
  • Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m.  Josh BreenCountry singer and guitarist Josh Breen returns to the Pavilion to share his soulful renditions of classic standards and modern favorites.

Pathfinder Village is a non-profit, planned community devoted to supporting people who have Down syndrome and other intellectual/developmental disabilities. Through quality residential, educational, vocational, and enrichment programs, individuals grow toward fulfillment and independence while giving back to our local communities. Pathfinder also offers many avenues for community inclusion through concerts, events, adult day service offerings, the Bakery & Café, youth soccer games, and Pathfinder Produce, the weekly fresh produce market that serves the public on Thursday afternoons.

The Pathfinder Pavilion will ring with live music again this July and August, as the Village celebrates its silver anniversary Summer Concert Series. This year’s free live performances will be held on Monday evenings, with food concessions available for guests.

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