Close to Retirement? Have Aging Parents? Visit the Senior Housing Expo on May 3rd


Contributed by Paula Davis

Are you an older adult who is wondering whether to move out of your current home—but aren’t sure what the next step might be? Do you want to downsize and not have your “stuff” control you and your time? Or are you an adult child who wants to help your parents transition out of their home and into a more supportive living environment?

Find the answers to these and other questions at the Senior Housing Expo on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Hotel Ithaca (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 222 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca. The Expo will feature over 20 housing providers and facilities, as well as speakers about senior housing options and downsizing. This free event is sponsored by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Tompkins County Office for the Aging.

In addition to representatives from independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and continuing care retirement community facilities, visitors to the expo can also enjoy two short presentations by experts in their fields. David Stoyell, aging services specialist at the Office for the Aging, will lead off at 1:30 p.m. discussing the differences among senior housing options.

Then, at 2:30 p.m., learn about the benefits of downsizing, and how to go about it with minimal stress, from Linda Story, a local organizing consultant and CEO of Clear the Way (

For more information, contact either partner:

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute: Teri Reinemann, outreach and engagement coordinator, at 607-274-1607 or

Tompkins County Office for the Aging: David Stoyell, Tompkins County Office for the Aging, at 607-274-5492 or