Gerontology Institute Kicks Off Spring Workshop Series

The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute will present the first of three spring workshops on Wednesday, April 10, at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road. Running from 2 to 4:30 p.m., the presentation is entitled “Grief and Loss When Working with Older People.”

The registration fee for this continuing professional education opportunity is $25 per workshop ($15 each for retired people). For nonretired 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 Gerontology Institute at (607) 274-1607.

“Grief and Loss When Working with Older People.”
Presenter: Kay Viggiani, M.S, R.N., CS certified in gerontology
Death is a natural progression from life. Most health and human service professionals who serve older people are exposed to both the physical and emotional effects of loss on a daily basis. Most are taught how to provide support to their clients, patients and families. However, professional caregivers may fail to recognize their own grieving processes.

“Health care leaders must understand the impact of grief on healthcare providers and the mourning that follows the death of a resident or patient for whom the provider has cared,” Viggiani said.” There is a need to enable professional caregivers to maintain healthy professional and personal lives.”

This workshop will help healthcare providers understand and develop coping skills essential for their health and well-being, Viggiani added.

The remaining two workshops — “Disaster Planning for Older Adults” and “Rural Aging in 21st-Century America,” will take place on Wednesdays, April 17 and April 24, 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.

ICGI spring workshop series