Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Kicks Off Fall Workshop Series on Senior Mobility

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Office of Extended Studies will present the first of three fall workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road. Running from 2 to 4:30 p.m., the presentation is entitled “Living Well without Driving: A Community Approach to Senior Mobility.”

The registration fee for this continuing professional education opportunity is $25 per workshop ($15 each for retired people). For persons planning to attend all three workshops, the fee is $60 for the complete series. Registration must be completed no later than one week prior to the workshop. Ithaca College faculty and students may attend at no charge but must still register.

For more information and to register, go to or contact the Office of Extended Studies at (607) 274-3143.

“Living Well without Driving: A Community Approach to Senior Mobility.”
Presenters Dwight Mengel — chief transportation planner, Tompkins County Department of Social Services — and Ray Weaver — Way2Go Program Director at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County — will examine evolving mobility choices, services and strategies for seniors to elicit the participants’ perspectives on how the community can move ahead to improve mobility services in the community and promote lifelong safety. The presenters will discuss a local coalition of mobility service providers and human service agencies that are working together to reinvent mobility choices for seniors and the general public. The power of information technology and the strength of community support, the presenters say, are needed to create efficient, consumer-oriented, financially sustainable solutions to the transportation needs of seniors and their families.

The remaining two workshops — “Evolving Health Care Models to Minimize Polypharmacy and Medication Errors in Aging Adults” and “Aging with Disabilities and Quality of Life” — will take place on Wednesdays, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14 , respectively, at 2-4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Denise Wells, outreach and engagement coordinator, at (607) 274-1607 or Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible.