Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are held from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road (Route 96B), Ithaca, NY.
Cost: The fee is $25 per workshop, $60 for all three, or $15 per workshop for retired individuals.

* The registration fee will be refunded if the request is received in writing by the Gerontology Institute no later than two days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be given for cancellation received after this date; however, you may transfer your registration to another person.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) Overview

Presenter: Ellen Herner, PEARLS Coordinator/Facilitator, Cattaraugus County Office for the Aging

The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is an evidence-based, community-based treatment program to reduce minor depression in physically impaired and socially isolated older people. PEARLS is an empowering, skill-building approach that utilizes methods of problem solving treatment, social and physical activation, and increased pleasant events. In addition to providing an overview of the PEARLS program, Ms. Herner will highlight how the program started in Cattaraugus County and why the program is so successful in rural areas. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Presenter: Amy Rominger, Au.D, CCC-A, FAAA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Ithaca College 

About one-third of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have some hearing loss, and half of those over age 75 have difficulty hearing. This workshop will provide an overview of the causes and the psychosocial impact of hearing loss. Participants will learn about the most current diagnostic and remediation strategies employed to combat hearing disorders in the aged. Practical tips for interacting with people with hearing loss will be incorporated throughout the workshop.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Life Review of Generative Contributions

Presenter: Myra Sabir, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, State University of NY, Binghamton


Reminiscence about ways older adults have made significant contributions to society may be one of their most powerful developmental needs.  Reminiscence work around generative stories can lead to late-life rebirth, revitalization, and mitigate the fear of death.  Hearing generative stories can help us to recognize, respect, and sustain older adults’ personal identities through a period when this is easily lost.  Most importantly, it can be used as a tool for retaining older adults in connection with others. This workshop will focus on ways to assist older adults in completing a life review of their generative contributions.