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, $80 for all four, 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 29

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Recognizing the Value of Advance Care Planning and MOLST/eMOLST

Presenter: Katie Orem, MPH, Geriatrics & Palliative Care Program Manager, eMOLST Administrator, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 

Katie Orem will review advance care planning and the difference between advance directives and medical orders. She will provide an overview of the clinical process, the ethical framework, and the shared, informed medical decision-making process for making MOLST/eMOLST decisions. The value of MOLST/eMOLST will be described within a palliative care framework to improve quality and patient safety while reducing harm.


Tuesday, October 20

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Pain Management: Ouch! Why Does That Hurt and What To Do About It

Presenter: Michael Costello, PT, DSc, OCS, MTC, Cayuga Medical Center

This workshop will cover the neurobiology of pain and its management.  A continuum of normal/physiologic pain to abnormal/pathologic pain will be presented. Incorporating this information into the clinical decision making process for conditions such as chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, whiplash associated disorder, fibromyalgia, and neurogenic pain will be explored. Michael Costello will focus on non-invasive pain management strategies that incorporate a bio-psycho-social approach. Evidence suggests that education about pain mechanisms has a positive effect on pain intensity, disability, pain beliefs and patient satisfaction with care. With greater knowledge, patients and practitioners may then select optimal strategies to manage painful conditions including a range of therapies to address the whole person in pain. 

Wednesday, November 4

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Aging and Religion Panel

Rev. Tim Dean, Director of Spiritual Care, Cayuga Medical Center
Rev. Barbara E. Blom, Pastor, St. Pauls ELCA, and Bereavement Counselor, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services
Deana Bodnar, PhD, Board Member, Namgyal Institute for Buddhist Studies
Rev. Joseph Marcoux, STL, Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish


Perspectives on aging and religion will be presented as seen through daily interactions with older people in various religious settings. Coping with loss and impermanence, addressing regret and disappointment, revealing and releasing tension and fear, moving from "why me to what's next?," and finding purpose, compassion and peace, are some of the topics that will be addressed.


Monday, November 30

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Meaningful Activity for Aging Gracefully

Presenter: Eleanor Leibson, OTR/L, PYT, DRS

Occupational Therapists look at the whole person, their many roles, values and challenges within particular contexts and environments to help live life to the fullest. Specializing in health and wellness and with dual certification in yoga teaching and yoga therapy, Eleanor Leibson will highlight the benefits of keeping active, thinking positively, eating healthy, relaxing properly, reminiscing/reflecting in the moment, breathing deeply, and finding one’s passion.