The Domains of Empowered Aging
As part of the Connections™ Learning series, Creating What's Next™ explores aging with a new lens. The program allows individuals to explore certain skills of empowered aging and build a framework for bringing them alive in their own lives.
Resilience, Empowerment, Connection.
Those are just a few of the benefits of the program.
Real Stories. Real Wisdom.
A New Path Forward for Aging.
Creating What's Next™ uses documentary-style film, evidence-informed skills and self-reflective exercises to help people explore an innovative approach to aging. It's uplifting, inspiring, and most of all, fun!
Online & Easy to Navigate
The online platform is easy to use and individuals can use the program at their own pace. Bring your people together for online group discussion!
The program is also easy to deliver in a group setting. Bring your people together and enjoy lively discussion!
Our methodology is a two-fold approach, using Docutraining®️ design and evidence-informed skills.
Docutraining®️ is story-driven film with a training function. We employ five domains of empowered caregiving. Structured learning objective reinforce retention and uptake. Interactivity generates a plan for growth and change. Community interaction provides joyful support. A Facilitation Guide enables ‘lay people’ to lead training groups.
Our evidence-Informed foundation is also two-fold. The five domains of healthy caregiving come from proprietary behavior change technology which was proven in a national public health intervention in a randomized control, longitudinal study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavior change and a positive contagion effect were both documented. And, each of the five domains is supported by independent evidence in family caregiving literature.
Facilitation Made Easy
- Facilitator-led, in-person workshop format
- Online course format with facilitator-led online discussion groups
Why Choose the Connections™ Programs
- Scalable across organizations
- Proven, proprietary technology of behavior change skills
- Practical indicators of psychosocial determinants of health (PSDoH)
- Increases resilience, purpose in life, social connectedness, choice and optimism
- Likely to reduce healthcare utilization costs
- Easy facilitation with a Facilitation Guide
Who We Are
Molly F. Prues, M.A. Gerontology
President & Founder
Molly is a gerontologist and has over 25 years of experience working with older adults and their families. In addition to her professional work with families, she journeyed alongside her mother for 12 years, as a caregiver and daughter. Molly founded VistaLink to promote awareness and develop solutions to reframe our vision of aging and caregiving.
Molly works continuously to develop trainings to better prepare professionals from various fields to better understand and address the unique needs of older adults. In addition, she is passionate about empowering older adults and their families. She delivers workshops and seminars in the community to educate individuals and family caregivers on how to access supportive services for themselves and their loved ones.
In 2017, Molly worked on a task force formed by the City of Cincinnati to help Cincinnati become an AARP Livable Community. She developed a 70-page plan to educate local officials and community leaders on the benefits of becoming an AARP Livable Community, as well provided a detailed analysis of the City's resources and community assets available to support the initiative.
Molly is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging. She is the author of Caring for One Another: A Practical Guide to Caregiving.
Paula C. Sellars, M.S.W.
Director of Curriculum Development
Paula is an expert in adult learning, training development, and training delivery, particularly in the area of large-scale social change. She listens for your mission and helps you tell your story to widen your engagement and impact.
Paula is the originator of an award-winning training method called Docutraining® which integrates documentary style film, practical behavioral directives, and human empowerment training to produce reliable behavior change, particularly in the area of public health. She has 18 years of curriculum development expertise, across cultures. She understands the intersection of the non-profit ecosystem and the need for business mindset, and has depth of experience with beneficiary and donor engagement. She is also a personal development and entrepreneurial coach.
As creator of Docutraining®️, she is a film producer and director, content editor, and on-screen talent. Of particular note, she is creator and author of an award-winning child sexual abuse prevention curriculum, Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children®, which can be found across our 50 states and in 17 countries internationally. This Docutraining®️ won the United Nations Foundation’s Classy Top 5 Award in 2014 in the area of child rights. It has been proven in over nine research studies to produce reliable behavioral change at scale. Most significantly, the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center of Victims of Crime proved its effectiveness for behavioral change in a full experimental, longitudinal design study across the U.S. It was found to have a positive contagion effect to untrained participants, due to the interactional nature of its behavior change, a very positive outcome for public health application. In short, it has shifted the paradigm of youth protection in youth serving environments across the country and is being replicated internationally. It has won a Telly Award for training quality, and numerous other awards in the child welfare industry. Both of Vistalynk’s Docutrainings®️ utilize the same evidence-informed training methodology, and are expected to yield equivalent behavioral change and impact our approach to aging and caregiving.