Ithaca College Gerontology Institute to Offer Three Fall Workshops

ITHACA, NY — Timely issues facing elders — driving and mobility, medication errors and aging with disabilities — will be the topics of three fall workshops offered by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Office of Extended Studies. These affordable, local opportunities for continuing professional education will take place on Wednesdays, Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Country Inn and Suites, 1100 Danby Road.

The registration fee 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.

The workshops and presenters will be:

Wednesday, Oct. 24 — “Living Well without Driving: A Community Approach to Senior Mobility”
Presenters: Dwight Mengel, chief transportation planner, Tompkins County Department of Social Services
Ray Weaver, Way2Go Program Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
This workshop will examine evolving mobility choices, services and strategies to elicit participant's perspectives on how the community can move ahead to improve mobility services in the community and promote lifelong safety.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 — “Evolving Health Care Models to Minimize Polypharmacy and Medication Errors in Aging Adults”
Presenters: Scott Monte, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Robert Wahler, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
This workshop will review high-risk medication opportunities and strategies to avoid polypharmacy (one patient using many medications) and adverse events in aging adults. The presenters will also provide an overview of past, present and future projects that focus on integrating the medical and pharmacy communities with technology to serve the unique needs of the aging.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 — “Aging with Disabilities and Quality of Life”
Patricia Montanez, director of residential services and program development, Franziska Racker Centers
Edina Williams-Batar, senior opportunity development facilitator, Franziska Racker Centers
The presenters will focus on supporting people with disabilities as they age in their home environments. The goal is to help seniors stay connected to their individual passions, to one another and to the wider community.

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.