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Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speaker Will Address Elder Care

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Lucia McBee to campus on Monday, Feb. 24, to present “Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A Model for Health Care Workers and Caregivers.” Free and open to the public, McBee’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

A licensed clinical geriatric social worker, McBee has worked with elders and their caregivers for 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has integrated mindfulness, gentle movement, aromatherapy, hand massage and other complementary therapies into her practice with frail elders in nursing homes, homebound elders and their caregivers.

McBee’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. “Mindfulness-Based Elder Care,” her book for healthcare workers, was published in 2008 and will be available for sale at the event.

A reception and book signing will follow McBee’s talk. The presentation is in partnership with the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center and the Ithaca College Departments of Health Promotion and Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Recreation and Leisure Studies.

In addition to her talk, McBee will give a free special training held Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kendal at Ithaca Auditorium, 2230 North Triphammer Road. The training, "Mindfulness in Elder Care: Practical Tools for Stress Reduction," is available by registration only on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to register, go to

For more information, contact the Gerontology Institute at 607-274-1607 or