National & International Presentations
Kay is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Her vast knowledge base and experience shine through during her workshops. Penny Cook – Colorado Culture Change Coalition
2nd Institute of Physical Education International Conference
Bangkok, Thailand, 2012
Ms. Van Norman was honored to be chosen as a keynote speaker for this international conference on the subject of Removing Barriers to Older Adult Physical Activity. She also spoke at Krabi University in the Krabi Province of Southern Thailand.
“…powerful speaker, very inspirational”
Masterpiece Living Lyceum – Power of Possibilities; Atlanta, GA- Feb. 2013
Institute for Physical Education International Conference- Bangkok, Thailand– Keynote Address: Hidden Barriers to Older Adult Physical Activity; August 2012
The International Council on Active Aging Conference: The Audacity of Potential, New Orleans, LA- Dec.2012; Purpose Centered Senior Living; New Orleans, LA Dec. 2012
Kay’s seminars are designed to be entertaining as well as content rich. Delivered with a combination of humor, real life stories, and breakthrough research, each session inspires the audience to embrace not just the possibility of aging well, but the probability of aging well – regardless of challenges.
“Kay is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Her vast knowledge base and experience shine through during her workshops. It’s evident she has a passion for changing the negative perception of aging and she wants us all to get involved personally and professionally. Kay has a way about her that makes you want to follow her example and spread the word that we are vital, growing and thriving people no matter our age!”
Penny Cook, Executive Director Colorado Culture Change Coalition
Running with Scissors
A humorous but thought provoking look at why we often have great intentions for improving health, yet have a noticeable gap between intentions and actions. This session explores how media images, social programs, cultural myths, and personal experiences weave a subconscious aging story that impacts health beliefs, behaviors and outcomes. It also describes the top 3 things you absolutely must do to age with vitality and purpose for your full lifespan.
The Encore Approach: Creating a Culture of Well-being in the Face of Challenges
When someone experiences a health crisis we want connection, independence and quality of life yet so often end up with fear, sadness, and diminished hope. This seminar describes how to keep the demands of managing illness or functional deficits from becoming the dominant culture of care (in congregate living or a single-family home), and offers practical strategies and tools to create instead – a culture of well-being. Kay will offer a clear roadmap and simple tools to use today, tomorrow and next week to create connection, hope and joy in spite of challenges.
Aging – It’s a Family Affair
This thought provoking seminar explores aging as a multi-generational, not a solitary, pursuit. We learn about aging through our parent’s experience, and in turn our children learn about aging through our experiences. It starts with some simple tools to reveal what kinds of “aging stories” are playing in your own mind, and the minds of those around you. How are they the same? How are they different? Then it offers practical Brilliant Aging tools and strategies to help build a culture of well-being; one that sustains a positive quality of life through health challenges and life transitions.
Great or not Expectations
Do you expect to be stronger and more agile 5 years from now than you are today? In the past 24 hours have you blamed age for physical or mental decline (i.e. I had a senior moment)? This fun interactive session starts with an ageism questionnaire to discover what you’re habitually thinking and saying about aging. Is it in line with what you hope will happen as you age; or have negative expectations hijacked your subconscious “aging story”? Do your best intentions for a healthy lifestyle fizzle out on the follow through? Learn a simple step by step plan to reframe beliefs and expectations about aging, and take action to live with vitality and purpose for your whole lifespan.
Physical Activity and Independence
There are so many positive benefits to regular physical activity that – if it was a pill – would be the most widely prescribed medication on the planet! But, “why should I exercise, at my age”, is probably the most often used response to well-meaning exercise prompts. This session will help bridge the knowing-doing gap by framing the benefits of physical activity around things that are personally relevant on a daily basis. This session is a great combination of research, and practical demonstrations and tools to trigger changes in physical activity attitudes and behaviors.
Creating Your Personal Vitality Portfolio™
The Vitality Portfolio™ approach to optimal aging uses the familiar structure of a financial portfolio – making regular deposits, balancing your assets, and taking time for yearly reviews and adjustment to forge a plan for lifelong vitality. Learn what wellness “deposits” you must make in each dimension of wellness to give yourself the best possible chance to age well, and gain practical tools and guidance to create your own personal Vitality Portfolio™.
Other Topics: Building Resilience, Removing Hidden Barriers to Healthy Aging, Strength & Power Training- Yes, You!, Five Tips for Brilliant Aging
Senior Living – Sample Titles
“entertaining, informative…the best session I have attended by far”
Healthcare Reform and Senior Living: How to leverage your investments in wellness to drive business growth in the new Accountable Care environment.
Creating Purpose-Centered Senior Living Communities: How to create senior living communities as “Centers for Elderhood”, where residents take up a cause or causes and become active agents of change in the broader community (no more stuffing envelopes!). A paradigm shift with endless possibilities.
Beyond Whole Person Wellness – Creating Integrative Cultures: Creating a genuine sense of community and connection where all levels of function are embraced as part of an integrative culture. If you struggle with IL residents shunning those with functional limitations, this is the seminar for you.
Project Activate™: A Community-wide Resilience Initiative: An inside look at a comprehensive 6-month initiative designed to activate an ageless attitude, inspire daily physical activity, and trigger resilience.
Perceptions of Senior Living – Now and in the Future: Why do so many people lump senior living into one category – nursing homes? What will it take to change perceptions now, and what factors and influences are driving future senior living options?
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Past “Notable” Presentations
Healthy Living for Montana Seniors Conference, 2003
Ms. Van Norman had the honor of being the luncheon keynote speaker for this conference which included as speakers, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging Josefina Carbonell, and U.S. Senator Burns-Montana, and Senator Craig-Idaho.
5th World Congress on Physical Activity, Aging, & Sports, 1999
There are hundreds of presentations at this important conference. Ms. Van Norman was one of only twenty invited speakers from around the world to do workshops for this conference.
1995 White House Conference on Aging
Ms. Van Norman spoke on the need for quality exercise programs and instruction for older adults. Her position statement, “Maximizing Options for A Quality of Life”, was published by AAALF and distributed to delegates; then was adopted by the Council on Aging and Adult Development (CAAD) as their national position statement concerning quality programming for seniors.
1994-present: List of Other National and International Presentations
2004 -2012 International Council on Active Aging
2004 Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals, Ontario, Canada
2004 World Congress on Aging & Physical Activity
2001-2008 National Council on Aging/American Society on Aging
2001 Norwegian Cruise Lines, Wellness Cruise
2000 Assisted Living Federation of America
1999 International Health, Racquet and Sports Association (IHRSA), Vancouver, B.C. Canada
1999 Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals (Can-Fit-Pro), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1994-98, 2002 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD)
1998,1999 American Society on Aging (ASA)
1997,1998 Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
1997 National Wellness Association
1997 Strength & Conditioning International Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1996 American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
1996 Personalized Health Management
1995,1997 International Conference on Physical Activity and Aging
1994 International Conference on Prevention
GE Healthcare, Madison, WI
Keiser Corporation – Fresno, CA
International Council on Active Aging – Vancouver, BC, Canada
National Council on Aging – Washington, DC
Human Kinetics Publishers – Champaign, IL
Burton K. Wheeler Center, MT
Geriatric Heath Education Center, MT
Heritage at Green Hills, Reading, PA
Menorah Park Center for Senior Living – Beachwood, OH
Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – Madison, WI
Carlisle Area Health & Wellness Foundation – Carlisle, PA
Cascade Senior Living – Seattle, WA
Empira Educational Cooperative – Minneapolis, MN
Presbyterian Homes – Minneapolis, MN
Rio Grande Council of Governments – El Paso, TX
Salt Lake County Aging Services – Salt Lake City, UT
Virginia Baptist Homes – Richmond, VA
Strategix ID, Inc. – Bozeman, MT
Jennings Group – Manhattan, MT
Aspen Point at Hillcrest – Bozeman, MT
Montana Governors Conference on Aging – Bozeman, MT
Montana Hospital Association – Bozeman, MT
Rocky Mountain University, Salt Lake City, UT
Asbury Heights – Pittsburg, PA
Boston Financial Group – Boston, MA