Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Presents Three April Workshops on Aging Issues

 ITHACA, NY — The spring Ithaca College Gerontology Workshop series will cover approaches to aging in place, playgrounds for seniors and elders’ financial concerns. The workshops will take place on three consecutive Wednesday afternoons, on April 4, 11, and 18.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, the workshops offer affordable, local opportunities for continuing professional education. The sessions run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Longview auditorium, 1 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca.

Advance registration is requested and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $20 per workshop or $50 to register for the series of three; for retired persons the cost is $12 per workshop. To register, visit /gps/gerontology/.
Additional information on registration and continuing education credits is also available on the website, or by calling or e-mailing the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies at (607) 274-3143, or

The workshops are:

Wednesday, April 4: “Aging in Place – The Role of Universal Design”
Esther Greenhouse, an environmental gerontologist specializing in the impact of the built environment on the level of functioning and well-being of seniors, will introduce the concepts of aging in place, a movement to enable people to remain in their own homes as long as possible. An AARP study, “Fixing to Stay: A National Survey on Housing and Home Modification Issues” (2000), found that over 80 percent of persons over age 45 wanted to stay in their homes throughout their lifetime. The two hallmarks of aging in place are choice and independence. Greenhouse will highlight the elements of universal design, an approach that can enable persons of all ages and most abilities to live at the highest level of independence possible.

Wednesday, April 11: “The Importance of Recreation throughout the Lifespan: Playgrounds for Elders”
Recreation provides benefits at any age. Social, fitness and rehabilitation activities that make use of properly designed playgrounds for older people can promote health and wellness as well as reduce limitations and restrictions caused by an illness or disabling condition. Michael Cohen, an Ithaca resident since 1980 who has designed and built playgrounds for children and elders, will discuss the value of recreation for older adults and describe the international interest in playground areas built for elders.

Wednesday, April 18: “Financial Concerns for Older Consumers”
Michael J. Danaher Jr., an assistant attorney general in the Binghamton Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, will help workshop attendees understand personal finance instruments that have been developed or expanded in recent years. Reverse mortgages, annuities, internet banking, and credit and debit cards have different requirements, costs and effects on personal finances. At the same time, scams on the internet or by mail continue to target older people and their money. Assistant Attorney General Danaher will discuss the consumer and legal issues of financial contracts, financial exploitation and what can be done to protect our older community and family members.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Paula Davis at (607) 274-1607 or by email at well in advance of the workshop.

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Presents Three April Workshops on Aging Issues.

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