Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are held 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 9

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Making Peace with the Past: The Impact of Emotional Trauma on Elder Well-Being and the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

Presenter: Lisa A. Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G

Early trauma is associated with increased incidence of chronic illness and depression in Elderhood, a time when Elders seek meaning in their lives and to resolve long-standing issues.  This session explores how person-directed, trauma-informed treatments can be used with Elders and care partners to integrate mind, body, and spirit, easing anxiety and depression and supporting The Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being™.  Case studies will emphasize efficacy as well as explore mental health issues as they present in different care settings, and how to harness the unique gifts of this developmental stage.


Thursday, March 24

2:00-4:30 p.m.

COPD: When You Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters

Presenter: Anne M. Reilley, PT, DPT, MS, Cayuga Medical Center

Anne Reilley will provide an overview of COPD: causes, symptoms, structures involved and the role of Physical Therapy in managing the COPD. She will discuss normal age-related changes that occur within the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems compared to changes that occur among individuals with COPD and how these changes can increase fall risk, limit functional mobility, and impact quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks. She will include education and training for some basic exercises, breathing and energy conservation techniques.   


Wednesday, April 20

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Palliative Care: Research and Practice


Elizabeth Bergman, PhD, Gerontology Institute, Ithaca College
Suzanne Anderson, MD, Medical Director, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services
Jane Schantz, FNP, ACHPN, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services

The topic of palliative care is getting more attention, yet misunderstandings remain. What is palliative care? How does palliative care benefit people? What barriers do people face to obtaining palliative care? How is it distinguished from other medical specialties? This workshop will explore these questions and more. The workshop will include an introduction to the field of palliative care, present results of a community survey of knowledge and attitudes regarding palliative care among Central New Yorkers, distill the latest research on palliative care, and explore considerations in the practice of palliative care.