Ithaca College Gerontology Institute to Kick Off Fall 2013 Workshops

ITHACA, NY—The fall 2013 Ithaca College Gerontology Workshop series will sponsor three continuing professional education opportunities for local practitioners wishing to stay current on Alzheimer’s disease, strategies to handle stress that occurs with change, and mental health challenges for cognitively impaired elders. Running from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Rd. (Rte. 96B), the workshops will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19; Wednesday, Oct. 16; and Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Advance registration is requested and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $25 per workshop or $60 to register for the series of three; for retired persons, the cost is $15 per workshop. For more information and to register, visit or contact the Gerontology Institute at (607) 274-1965 or

The first workshop, “Research and Treatment Updates for Alzheimer’s Disease,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19. The Alzheimer’s epidemic will directly impact health and aging services professionals and make it increasingly important for them to stay current on information about the disease. Frederick Marshall, M.D., chief of the Geriatric Neurology Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will discuss recent updates on research and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and provide information that can be used to improve care in residential and community-based settings.

“Behavioral Interventions for Depression in Cognitively Impaired Elders” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16. Rapidly emerging changes in Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act can cause stress for older people, their caregivers and the professionals who support them. In this workshop Francis Battisti, executive vice president and chief academic officer at SUNY Broome Community College and author of “Checchino: A Father and Son Journey toward Dusk,” will provide health and aging services practitioners with practical strategies and tips on how to understand and handle the stress that often comes with change.

The last workshop, “Behavioral Interventions for Depression in Cognitively Impaired Elders,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19. Cassandra Bransford, associate professor of social work and director of applied clinical research at SUNY Binghamton’s Southern Tier Center on Aging, will share insights from her research on depression in older adults with cognitive impairments. The workshop will examine specific theories of mental health and teach participants how to turn them into practical applications for behavioral interventions in health and human services settings.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kat Burton at (607) 274-1965 or by email at well in advance of the workshop.

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