Feed Your Mind

This series is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Age-Friendly Network. The network connects older adults with people of all ages in their communities. The network is supported by Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation as part of Community AGEnda, a national initiative. The network is also supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and other local partners.

MAG Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network Presents…

The “Feed Your Mind” Webinar Series

An interactive opportunity to learn and connect on

a variety of topics

The “Feed Your Mind” series provides webinars on the first Friday of each month at noon. The topics are as diverse as the people in our region. Connect online with friends and neighbors to discuss topics like investing, fitness, and technology. To register, please contact Rachel Brito at or call (602) 254-6300.


October 2, 2015

12:00 PM

On October 2nd, please click here to join the webinar.

Medicare in 2016

Attendees will learn about the basics of all Medicare Programs (Part A, B, C, and D, and Medigap Supplements), services, costs, and what's new in 2016 including non-renewing plans and member options on replacing it with other coverage.  

Low-income programs and changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act will also be covered.  

Additional resources for further assistance will be provided.

Glen Spencer
is the Benefits Assistance Program Director for the Area Agency on Aging, Region One in Phoenix, Arizona.  In this capacity he currently oversees the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) for Maricopa County and assists Medicare beneficiaries with enrollment, grievances, appeals, and issues involving Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse.  Mr. Spencer is a frequent trainer and conference presenter.

About the Area Agency on Aging, Region One Benefits Assistance Program

The Area Agency on Aging, Region One is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Phoenix, Arizona that services more than 95,000 seniors and disabled individuals annually in Maricopa County. The Benefits Assistance Program is one of the nationwide State Health Insurance Assistance Programs established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that provides independent, unbiased, and free-of-charge Medicare information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.

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September 4, 2015

12:00 PM

On September 4th, please click here to join the webinar.

Caregiving Tips and Strategies

Join us for a presentation on general caregiving, resources, unique ideas to connect with the cared for and sources of support.

We have a lot of expertise to offer and would love to reach as many caregivers with a message of hope and support as we can.

Benevilla offers 18 Caregiving Support Groups a month and has a monthly column called the Caregiver Coach in the Daily News Sun, the local West Valley paper.

Regina Thibideau, M.Ed. a Benevilla CARES Specialist was herself a Caregiver for many years for her husband who had Alzheimer’s disease. After using Benevilla as a resource, and inspired by her own caregiving experiences, Regina went on to become an Intake/Outreach specialist, Caregiver Group Facilitator and a Caregiver Coach. She has her M.Ed., in Counseling & Human Services.

Lisa Minette, LBSW Director of Lucy Anne’s Place Life Enrichment Day Program received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. Lisa’s work experience spans the generations from working with Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoptions, to outreach and including work at several nursing homes. Lucy Anne’s Place serves members in the beginning to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and those who care for them.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 
8:30 a.m. AZ time/11:30 a.m. EDT

Lessons Learned in Rural Age-Friendly Communities Webinar

Explore the unique advantages and challenges rural communities have in connecting older adults with all generations.

Sponsored by Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation; Hosted by the Arizona Age-Friendly Network and the Lifelong Indiana Coalition

Lessons Learned in Rural Age-Friendly Communities Presentation


  • Zachary Benedict, AIA, MKM Design and Architecture, Indiana
  • Charles Petersen, Foundation for Senior Living, Wickenburg, Arizona
  • John Marron, AICP, Indiana University Public Policy Institute
  • Amy St. Peter, Maricopa Association of Governments, Greater Phoenix

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Friday, June 5, 2015

12:00 PM

On June 5th, please click here to join the webinar.

The Impact of Dementia on People
and Communities

Jan Dougherty will discuss dementia as it relates to affected persons, families, and communities. The conversation will bring not only awareness but also a sense of help and hope to others.


Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN, Family and Community Services Director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Jan Dougherty is Family and Community Services Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She is responsible for setting a new standard of care for patients with dementia and their families through the development and implementation of innovative programs including early stage programming, arts and dementia, an array of caregiver education programs and Native American Outreach. Jan has extensive experience in dementia care having developed many pioneering programs used in Arizona, nationally and internationally. Such programs include, Dementia Care Paths and Best Practices for Dementia Case Management. She pioneered efforts in “Hospice Care for Dementia” and “Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia” which has resulted in major changes in care practices for persons with advanced dementia. Jan completed her BSN from Valparaiso University and her MS in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Arizona. She has received many awards and recognitions for her work in aging and dementia care.

Friday, May 1, 2015

12:00 PM

On May 1st, please click here to join the webinar.

Aging in Place with Dignity through Vibrant Volunteer Programs

Discover ways you can make your/our community more age-friendly! Through an interactive game show format, you will learn how eight dynamic nonprofits spanning Maricopa County promote aging in place by pairing caring volunteers with “neighbors” who need a bit of help. Shopping, transportation, friendly visits and more make it possible for elders and adults with disabling conditions (“neighbors”) to live in their own homes. Volunteers benefit by gaining friendship and wisdom from neighbors and by being part of a vital cause. Over 200,000 hours of service and 40,000+ rides were provided in 2014 alone. Find out how you can share your time and talent through these proven programs to meet pressing needs, as well as how to request help and spread the word to others.

  • Anne Marie McArthur, Executive Director, About Care (serving Chandler and Gilbert),
  • Jane Bruzzese, Senior Director, Benevilla CARES (serving NW Valley),
  • Sue Reckinger, Director of Volunteer Services, Duet (serving Phoenix, Scottsdale south of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills., Glendale, and Peoria),             
  • Mark Aamot, Volunteer Coordinator, East Valley Adult Resources, Assistance for Independent Living, (serving Tempe, Mesa, Apache Junction, and Gilbert),       
  • Debbra Determan, Executive Director,  Foothills Caring Corps (serving North Scottsdale, Phoenix north of Jomax, Cave Creek, and Carefree),                 
  • Eric Ehst, Executive Director, Neighbors Who Care (serving Sun Lakes and South Chandler),
  • Vicki Beseke, Director VerdeCares (serving Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, Vista Verde and the neighboring Verde Foothills),    
  • Linda Jochim, Outreach Coordinator, Y OPAS - Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (serving Ahwatukee),

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Friday, April 3, 2015

12:00 PM

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The Economic Impact of Older Adults

Older adult professionals age 65 plus are healthier, more active, working longer and are better educated than ever before. However, in 2011, the first of the Baby Boomers reached retirement age. As the largest generational cohort in the world, this will result in an economic impact both regionally and globally. Currently, every country is trying to understand the impact this will have on their economies, but very few are creating opportunities that maximize the potential value of this demographic. This webinar will explore findings and strategies developed by the Thunderbird School of Global Management specifically for this region.

Amy St. Peter

Amy St. Peter is the Human Services and Special Projects Manager for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) in Phoenix, Arizona. She has worked in the human services field for more than 20 years. Ms. St. Peter earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University in 2004 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Writing from Loyola College in 1994. Her areas of focus include aging, homelessness, domestic violence, human services transportation, civil rights, and community engagement.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

1:00 p.m.

Community Connections: It’s About Time, Lessons in Rural Time Banking

Please join us for an exciting training session on Time Banking.


Leslie Wall, Community Connections Plumas Rural Services

Leslie Wall is the creator and Director of the county-wide Time Bank Village, Community Connections which is a service of a major non-profit agency, Plumas Rural Services.  Leslie has been serving the rural, mountain area of Plumas County for the past 12 years as a Family Advocate, Child Abuse Prevention Facilitator, and Nurturing Parenting class Instructor. She and her husband of thirty years, served as Family Teachers for Father Flannigan’s Boys Town in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to relocating to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

12:00 PM

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Harmony Project Phoenix: How Music Builds Community

Harmony Project is a research-based mentoring program that uses music as the means for positive youth development and social inclusion for low-income children. We have been recognized as one of the most effective arts-based youth development programs in the nation. We mentor children through intensive music instruction and ensemble playing.

Harmony Project Phoenix is under the sponsorship of Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC), a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging new approaches to solving problems in the African American and Latino communities in Arizona.

Topics for the webinar:

  • 5 most effective strategies to promote positive change in youth
  • How to engage parents and families
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Harmony Project’s brain research

Dr. Diogo Pereira

As a conductor and social entrepreneur, Dr. Pereira embraces two passions: music and social justice. “I strongly believe that no child’s talent should be defined by his or her zip code and that music can be a tool to equalize opportunities.”

Dr. Pereira is the Program Director of the Harmony Project PHX. Every summer, he works in the development and implementation of “Musica nas Escolas”, the largest community music program in Brazil.

As conductor, he has appeared in important venues, such as: Carnegie Hall, Gammage, Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, etc. A native from Brazil, Dr. Diogo Pereira was fortunate to be part of the prestigious Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston in 2012-2013.  Dr. Pereira also holds a Masters Degree from The Conductors Institute at Bard College and a Doctoral Degree from the Arizona State University.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

12:00 PM

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Music and Memory

Can’t get Respect, Satisfaction or Ring of Fire out of your head? You’re not alone. According to rock and roll enthusiast Doug Bradley, music is where memory lives.

But don't just take his word for it – a growing number of psychiatrists and neuroscientists, among them Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music) and Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia), are showing that music has the power to literally reshape the brain.

Join Doug for a provocative discussion of the music of the 1960s and how the Baby Boom generation has used music to form bonds, express feelings, and hold on to the humanity that at times the world was trying to take away.

Doug Bradley

Music lover Doug Bradley is a former high school platter spinner, college radio DJ and social chairman, and co-author with Craig Werner of the soon-to-be-published We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack to the Vietnam War. Doug writes a regular blog for Next Avenue and is the author of DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle (Warriors Publishing Group, 2012).

 January, 2015   Thank you for your interest in the monthly “Feed Your Mind” webinar series.  Due to holiday schedules, we will not be meeting in December or January.  Please check back for further details on the next webinar scheduled for Friday, February 6, 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

12:00 PM

On November 7th, please click here to join the webinar.

Managing from the Middle… Relationships with Aging Parents and Adult Children

Many adults find themselves in the position of caring for aging parents perhaps by taking them for doctor visits, grocery shopping, or helping to manage their finances.  On the other hand, they may have young adult children who need the guidance and direction of a parent as they traverse from childhood to mature adult.   Managing these relationships on both ends of the spectrum can be both emotionally and physically challenging.  Please join us for a webinar on how to manage relationships with aging parents and adult children while maintaining the balance of self-care. 

Ed Perrin, M.D., Iora Primary Care

Dr. Perrin grew up in Southern California, and knew he wanted to return west of the Rockies after college in New England. He taught in private schools (theater, math, history) for five years in California before plunging into medical school. Entering medical school, he was certain he was going to be a pediatrician after all of his experience with children and their families; he learned about family medicine in the Fall of his first year, and hasn’t looked back nor regretted choosing that specialty since! He has carried his teaching experience with him in his medical career, enjoying the role of teacher as physician – educating patients, peers, and the public. He gravitated towards geriatric medicine, including completing a fellowship and getting board-certified in it, since geriatric medicine is truly the quintessence of family medicine. Geriatric medicine also requires the involvement of a team to provide best care to patients; He’s “just” the doctor.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

12:00 PM

On October 3rd, please click here to join the webinar.

Creative Aging

Join us as we highlight the importance of creativity in later life and discuss what recent research evidence shows as benefits of arts participation for older adults.

The webinar will feature an interview with two local artists who will discuss ways they cultivate their creativity and provide tools that viewers can use to get their creativity flowing.

Resources to help viewers find local creative opportunities both in the community and at home:

Arizona Commission on the Arts


Life-Long Learning & Creative Aging Resources 

Michelle Dionisio: President & CEO, Benevilla

Alexandra Nelson: Director of Arts Learning, Arizona Commission on the Arts

Guest artist: Shirley Cunningham

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Structuring the High Performance Board

Ever wonder if you have the right board, or if the members have the right positions on your board? Please join us for an exciting  training session on board development and governance.

Resources:  Structuring the High Performance Board

Bruce Weber, President, Greater Boards

Bruce Weber is Founder and President at Greater Boards. Bruce brings over 17 years of experience in the non-profit community. Specializing in board development, Bruce has assisted many organizations in achieving their goals whether it be community engagement, successful recruiting, strengthening the organizational mission, or fundraising. Building the right governing board to support the organization is critical. Having served many roles on various non-profit boards Bruce is qualified to provide the guidance and tools necessary to make a successful impact on your organization.

Prior to Greater Boards, Bruce was a Partner with Social Venture Partners in Seattle Washington serving on the investment committee and partner recruitment committee. His work with SVP led him to become the managing partner of the Institute for Family Development, a human services organization in Tacoma Washington eventually leading to his appointment as a board trustee.

Prior to Social Venture Partners, Bruce held a variety of positions in the technology industry with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

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September 5, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon
Living a Physical Active Lifestyle:  Who? Why? What? And How? 

This presentation will focus on the importance of living a physically active lifestyle.  Who should be physically active and why will be addressed to highlight the importance of regular, lifestyle and goal-oriented physical activity and exercise. and the multitude of benefits of living an active lifestyle.  The "what" and the "how" of activity and exercise will also be discussed.  The presentation will conclude with tips and suggestions for beginning and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Additional resources:  

Jeffrey L. Alexander, PhD, FAACVPR, ACSM-CES® 

Associate Professor, Doctor of Health Sciences Program College of Graduate Health Studies A.T. Still University

Dr. Jeffrey L. Alexander completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology, respectively, at Brigham Young University, Provo; and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Exercise & Wellness at Arizona State University. He is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Health Sciences Program at A.T. Still University.  His teaching responsibilities at the University include instruction and facilitation of student research in the health sciences.  Dr. Alexander’s primary research interest is in assessing programs for maintaining and enhancing health, functioning, and safety among older adults, particularly related to falls prevention. He serves on a number of University, local, and national committees addressing areas ranging from the prevention of falls among the elderly to the promotion of student and employee wellness. Dr. Alexander serves on the steering committee of the Arizona Fall Prevention Coalition and is the Chair of the Evaluation Committee of this Coalition.  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and serves as a member of the Associations’ Research Committee and Registry Sub-committee. Dr. Alexander serves as a reviewer for a number of scholarly journals and is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion.  He has published in various clinical and health science related journals and presented at conferences throughout the country.  Dr. Alexander is married to his college sweetheart and has seven amazing children. His favorite pass times are spending time with his family camping, hiking, gardening, coaching soccer and flag football, and other active pursuits.  He is passionate about health, nutrition, and fitness and prefers weightlifting above all other fitness activities.

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August 28, 2014

1:00 PM

Storytelling Training

Learn to facilitate intergenerational storytelling and leverage members’ stories to promote age-friendly programs.

Dr. Phil Stafford, Indiana University

Dr. Stafford directs the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, at Indiana University in Bloomington. A cultural anthropologist, he has been active in research, training, speaking and publishing around issues of community development for elder-friendly communities for three decades. He is a senior consultant with the AdvantAge Initiative, a national project that has supported community planning for aging in over 26 U.S communities and recently completed an Administration on Aging-funded statewide demonstration planning grant for the Indiana Division of Aging. Successive to that work, Dr. Stafford chairs a statewide committee entitled Hoosier Communities for a Lifetime, at the invitation of the Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Currently he provides technical assistance to 14 grantees participating in the U.S. Administration on Aging Community Innovations for Aging in Place initiative. He is a founding board member of the Memory Bridge Foundation and the author of numerous articles on culture and dementia, participatory research and planning and the meaning of home for older people. He is the editor of a Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture, 2003, SAR Press. His recent book, entitled Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America, was published by Praeger Press in October, 2009.

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June 26, 2014

1:00 PM

Intergenerational Programming: A Workshop for the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network

Learn techniques for implementing intergenerational programs in everyday work and hear an overview of best practices and tips for success.

Leah Bradley, Program Director, Generations United.

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June 26, 2014

Collaboration Across Non-Traditional Partners in Coordinated Transportation Planning.

The webinar offers an opportunity to learn about the value of diversity of participation coordinated transportation planning.

Judy Shanley, Ph.D

Asst. VP, Education & Youth Transition, Easter Seals

Amy St. Peter

Human Services and Special Projects Manager, Maricopa Association of Governments

Judy Telge

Director of Development & Mobility, Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living

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June 6, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon

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Reducing Stress for a Longer, Happier Life

Dr. Hamilton will discuss how stress, especially unmanaged and uncontrolled stress, damages the body and accelerates aging. She will present tips to help reduce the negative effects of high stress levels.

Dr. Turshá Hamilton is a highly trained Naturopathic Physician who provides a high level of individualized care to her patients. Dr. Hamilton is trained as a family care physician and treats both acute and chronic conditions. Her focus is to employ the most natural and holistic therapies available to stimulate the body’s internal healing while fostering new habits and traditions that will produce and maintain the most optimal health possible.

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May 22, 2014

1:00 PM

Messaging Across the Community: A Workshop for the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network

Learn techniques for messaging and outreach; addressing challenges, and adapting your message to your audience to create an age-friendly meaningful value proposition that works.

John Beilenson, President of Strategic Communications & Planning.

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May 2, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon
Eating In the 21st Century

With so many choices, and volumes of eatables, I would like to draw from experience as an executive chef and speak to the public about what it is we are purchasing and what we eventually consume. My topics will be proteins, starches, and vegetables that are for sale. I will speak about genetically modified products and issues around disclosure of this process. I will also speak on the impact of the entertainment industry’s involvement in the obesity of our youth through fast foods. Lastly I will speak about perimeter shopping at any market, and the advantages of local farmers markets.

Gene Jones, Jr. has owned several restaurants and catering companies in several states. He says one of his goals is to teach people how to eat healthier foods. Additionally, making music and making meals are what drive Gene.  An accomplished percussionist, Gene volunteers his musical talents by playing drums along with other musicians at Birt’s Bistro, a café catering to those over 60. He also volunteers as a live conga drum accompanist for a local Zumba class that serves both older adults and children.  “I have traveled quite a bit. My thing has always been to give something back,” says Gene. “My wife and I have had a tremendous amount of fortune. So I always try to put something back into the community, wherever I am.”

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April 4, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon

The Power and Importance of Lifelong Learning

This webinar explores what scientists and practitioners are telling us about the keys to abundant living and longevity for older adults.  In addition, it will explore the vital role that lifelong learning plays in keeping the mind active and vibrant among older adults.

Dr. Rick Knopf serves as Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU). He has formulated a vision for OLLI at ASU that fuses adults 50 and over with the intellectual and cultural resources of Arizona State University, while providing meaningful pathways for civic engagement. Growing rapidly, it currently serves over 1,400 community members. Dr. Knopf is a Professor of Community Resources and Development at ASU, and also directs ASU’s Partnership for Community Development.

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March 7, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon

Maximizing your Connect60plus Experience

Review the features of the site and learn how to register and participate in forums, submit events and access mapping resources.

Audrey Skidmore has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. She is currently the Information Technology Manager for the Maricopa Association of Governments. Ms. Skidmore oversees internal agency development, network design and support issues. Ms. Skidmore also manages regional technology initiatives including: the Regional Community Network and Regional Videoconferencing System.

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February. 7, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon

Truths and Myths about Reverse Mortgages

Get the facts about one of the most misunderstood financial products available today. Learn all facets about the reverse mortgage product.

Dan Morse, M.B.A. has been the Vice President and licensed mortgage professional of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in Mesa since 2006. He has been in the Financial Services Industry for 25 years with GMAC and Cherry Creek. Mr. Morse received a full scholarship for the Arizona State University Executive MBA program. He is a trained budget counselor/coach and has led Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Legacy Studies as well as Crown Financial for small groups.

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