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Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Schedules Spring Workshop Series

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center will offer three professional education opportunities for local practitioners wishing to stay current on the topics of financial elder abuse, applying sensory integrative strategies with aging adults and the relationship between depression and dementia in older adults.

The workshops will be held from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road (Route 96B) in Ithaca. The registration fee is $25 per workshop ($15 each for retired people). For persons planning on attending all three workshops, the fee is $60 for the complete series. Registration must be completed no later than one week prior to the workshop.

For more information and to register, go to or contact the Gerontology Institute at (607) 274-1607 or Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Gerontology Institute as much in advance as possible.

Wednesday, March 19
Financial Elder Abuse

Art Mason, LMSW, Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Michael Danaher, Assistant Attorney General, Binghamton Regional Office, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Lisa Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G
Marcie Finlay, Attorney, Blumkin & Finlay LLP

Financial exploitation is an often hidden and unreported form of elder abuse that affects a significant number of older adults. Participants will learn about current scams and what to do when problems occur; the personal, familial and social factors that may make elders more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation; and potential ways to increase resilience. Legal responses to financial abuse — in particular guardianship, trusts, powers of attorney and other vehicles for protecting someone who is being financially exploited — will be addressed.

Tuesday, April 8
Application of Sensory Integrative Strategies with Aging Adults
Presenter: Mary Siniscarco, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Chair, Health Studies Program, Utica College

Aging adults often experience changes in their sensory systems (balance, smell, taste, vision and hearing) as a normal part of aging. However, these changes can impact their overall level of function and independence. This workshop will provide an overview of sensory integration as well as common sensory issues experienced by the elderly. Specific strategies will be discussed to address needs and concerns. A generalized question-and-answer session will also be encouraged during the workshop.

Thursday, May 1
Linking Late-Life Depression to Dementia
Dr. Noman Afzal, MBBS, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Rochester

Dr. Afzal will specify the relationship between depression and dementia in older adults, identify the clinical manifestations and significance of mild cognitive impairment with major depression and provide an overview of behavioral intervention treatment options for older adults with late-life depression and/or dementia.