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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Financial Elder Abuse

Art Mason, LMSW, Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Michael Danaher, Assistant Attorney General, Binghamton Regional Office, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Lisa Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G
Marcie Finlay, Attorney, Blumkin & Finlay LLP

Financial exploitation is an often hidden and unreported form of elder abuse that affects a significant number of older adults. The 2010 New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that it is the most prevalent form of abuse, yet only one of every 43 cases is ever reported to authorities. Participants will learn about current scams and what to do when problems occur, understand the personal, familial, and social factors that may make elders more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, and potential ways to increase resilience. Legal responses to financial abuse, in particular guardianship, trusts, powers of attorney, and other vehicles for protecting someone who is being financially exploited, will be addressed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Application of Sensory Integrative Strategies with Aging Adults

Mary Siniscarco, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Chair, Health Studies Program, Utica College

This workshop will provide an overview of sensory integration as well as common sensory issues experienced by the elderly. Sensory integration refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Aging adults often experience changes in their sensory systems (balance, smell, taste, vision, and hearing) as a normal part of aging. However, these sensory changes can impact their overall level of function and independence. Specific sensory integrative strategies will be discussed to address needs and concerns. A generalized question-and-answer session will also be encouraged during the workshop.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Linking Late-Life Depression to Dementia

Dr. Noman Afzal, MBBS, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Rochester

Dr. Afzal will specify the relationship between depression and dementia in older adults, identify the clinical manifestations and significance of mild cognitive impairment with major depression, and provide an overview of behavioral intervention treatment options for older adults with late-life depression and/or dementia.

Please Note: The May 1st workshop is full to capacity and we are not accepting any more registrations at this time.