Workshop Presenters

Making Peace with the Past: The Impact of Emotional Trauma on Elder Well-Being and the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care 
Wednesday, March 9

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

Lisa Kendall is a social work psychotherapist and clinical gerontologist. She is also an educator and mentor for The Eden Alternative. For the past 30 years, she has worked in the areas of trauma, women’s health, chronic stress, geriatric depression, work/life balance, and grief and bereavement.  Along the way she developed a special interest in working with Elders and their care partners, and a passion for working with people who live with dementia.

COPD: When You Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters
Thursday, March 24

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

Anne Reilley worked as an Exercise Physiologist at Upstate Medical University for 4 years where she specialized in Geriatric exercise programming, balance and fall prevention. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2014 and joined the Cayuga Medical Center team in August 2014. Her areas of Geriatric specialty include orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary conditions, balance and fall prevention, Alzheimer ’s disease, and older adult wellness.

Palliative Care: Research and Practice
Wednesday, April 20


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

Elizabeth Bergman has been on the faculty in the Gerontology Institute at Ithaca College since 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida in 2008. Elizabeth teaches Aging Studies majors (B.A. and B.S. students), minors, and students who are taking one or more courses in aging to complement their studies in other fields. Her research interests have primarily focused on the bereavement service utilization patterns, needs, and preferences of family caregivers.

Suzanne Anderson was the associate medical director for 6 years, and became the medical director in January 2014. Her position includes consulting with nurses, giving hands-on care to patients, solving patient-care problems, communicating with patients’ primary care physicians, conducting face-to-face home visits and administrative paperwork. She cites her two favorite parts of the new position: collaborating with other members of the Hospicare staff to care for patients in the best way possible, and getting to know the patients on a personal level.

Jane Schantz is a nurse practitioner specializing in palliative care. Much of her work is done at Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) where she is part of a four-person palliative care team. Jane is also available to do palliative consults with patients in their own homes, if referred by the patient’s physician or if the patient is already on hospice. In the cases where patients are already on Hospicare services, Jane is part of the hospice team overseeing their care.