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Martha Abercrombie Illuminates Importance of Staff Onboarding Experience in NRRO Webinar

Posted by Stacey Sumereau | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

​Dave Ramsey wrote, “Turnover happens before the hire! Our goal is to find out if someone is not a good fit before we hire them.” The Avila Institute continued its collaboration with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in an August 22 webinar geared toward helping nursing homes retain staff right from the beginning of the hiring process. Martha Abercrombie, the guest speaker, has 18 years of Human Resources experience and now works with a company called Vikus Corporation as their Vice President of Strategy. Vikus is a software company that provides hiring solutions to senior care facilities. She has been immersed in the “why” of the current staff retention crisis for some time and had many valuable insights for the webinar viewers to take home.

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The Avila Institute’s latest webinar co-sponsored with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) offered valuable advice and wisdom for every spiritual caregiver. Brother Wayne brought his years of expertise in working with people in vocations and working with his fellow brothers from leadership positions to his presentation. Forgiveness is a common theme in the Bible; the concept of forgiveness appears a total of 75 times. However, all too often people do not understand the importance or the ‘how’ of forgiveness. Our model comes from Jesus who often would tell people their sins are forgiven. Two striking passages tell of God’s mercy for His people: Mt. 6:14-24, which reads, “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your father in Heaven will also forgive you.” Also Mt. 11:28 is a beautiful passage: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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NRRO and AIG Cosponsors New Webinar on Dementia Research

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Saturday, March 11, 2017

​The Avila Institute and the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) began the 2017 cosponsored webinar series with “The Future Shift of Dementia Research.” Presented on February 14th by AIG faculty Alfred W. Norwood, MBA, MS, the webinar had over 300 viewers and is now available to watch for FREE on our website.

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​On August 16, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) cosponsored the thought-provoking webinar titled “Understanding Compulsive Hoarding” for religious communities. The webinar had over 600 viewers. Presented by Alfred W. Norwood, a faculty member of AIG, the webinar educates its listeners as to what hoarding really is and how it affects people with or without dementia and solutions to help those who may exhibit hoarding.

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On February 17th, the Avila Institute and the NRRO co-sponsored another successful webinar titled “Interacting with Religious Members with Memory Impairment”. The webinar presenter, Alfred Norwood, is a behavior specialist who uses applied behavior analysis combined with current neuropsychology to resolve behaviors in community and institutional based seniors with cognitive and memory deficits.

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