Resources for Teaching, Learning and Community Support

Older adults are at higher risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus. Here is a selection of web resources for teaching and learning about the needs of older adults and their families. In the coming days and weeks, we will be expanding our COVID-19 website and working with local, regional and campus partners on solutions to combat social isolation.  We are planning projects and activities that will connect people virtually and by telephone. If you have ideas or want to let us know what is working for you now, please get in touch (icgi@ithaca.edu). We’d love to hear from you. Be safe and be well.

-Barbara Ganzel, Director, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute

Local, County and State Information

Ithaca College Coronavirus Updates and Cayuga Medical Center Coronavirus Information

Tompkins County Office for the Aging COVID-19 Resources

For updated health alert information on COVID-19 in Tompkins County, visit the Tompkins County Health Department website and its 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet.

Tompkins County Human Services Coalition 2-1-1 staff are available to take calls, texts, chats, and emails. More HSC resources and information.

The New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information are also good sources of current information. 

Get email updates from New York State about COVID-19 by signing up through their website.

Resources for older adults

Ithaca College Aging Studies student-created resources to help older adults stay connected 

American Society on Aging - wide range of information with an emphasis on protecting older adults

The Gerontological Society of America - rich body of information including webinars (live and recorded), healthcare provider information, and resources to combat social isolation 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - guidance for older adults from the CDC

New York State AARP resources - help and resources in New York State

RetireGuide - Retirement after the COVID-19 pandemic 

Helpful Documents

file-outline Resources to combat social isolation in older adults - Older Adults Combating Isolation.pdf (280.73 KB)

Compiled by Ithaca College Occupational Therapy faculty and staff

file-outline Ithaca-area Senior Shopping Hours - Ithaca-area Senior Shopping Hours.pdf (82.58 KB)

Hours are subject to change, so best to call before you go out

file-outline Social Distancing: What, Why, How? - Social Distancing Cornell.pdf (147.61 KB)

A clear, simple visual about social distancing from the Master of Public Health program at Cornell University

file-outline Problem Gambling Resources - Problem Gambling Resources.pdf (75.52 KB)

Elders and those with memory loss may be at risk for gambling addiction

file-outline Staying Engaged Virtually - Staying Engaged Virtually.pdf (343.66 KB)

Administration for Community Living resources on how to stay engaged virtually.