Elder News by jennyyingdi


									           Elder/Caregiver E-News
                                       March 8, 2012

Cornell Activities
Election 2012: The View from Super Tuesday
This lecture will be held at the BTI Auditorium, Thursday, March 15th at 10:30-11:30am.
Come any time after 10am for refreshments.
Announcing the March CAPE Lecture Series featuring Professor Glenn Altschuler, Dean and VP
for University Relations.
Professor Altschuler’s talk “Election 2012: The View from Super Tuesday” will indicate the
winner of the Republican presidential nomination, the winner of the general election in
November, and the margin of victory.
Cynthia Anne Robinson
Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti & Office of the Dean of Faculty

Talks at Twelve
The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research invites you to mark your calendars for
our continuing series of Talks at Twelve and the Fifth Annual John Doris Memorial Lecture.
Below is an updated schedule.
Talks at Twelve: Conference Room ~ Beebe Hall ~ lunch served
Information: 607-255-7794, www.bctr.cornell.edu<www.blcc.cornell.edu>
Thursday - 15th (following senior staff meeting)
Monica Hargraves, Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation
The Evaluation Partnerships: Bridging theory and Practice Through a systems Approach to
Program Evaluation.
Monday, March 26th ~ The Fifth Annual John Doris Memorial Lecture - Mann Library - Room
102 - 12:00 NOON. Lunch reception to follow in Room 100
Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of
Social Work
Britain's War on Poverty
Thursday - 5th
 Marianne Krasny, Professor & Chair, Dept of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic
Ecology Lab

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Resilience: Perspectives from Natural Resource
 Management, Environmental Stewardship, and Intergenerational Learning in Cities
Thursday - 12th (following senior staff meeting)
Anthony Burrow, Assistant Professor, Human Development
Youth Purpose, Racial Identity and the Psychosocial Adjustment of Minority Youth (tentative
Thursday - 19th
Catherine Riffin, 2nd year doctoral candidate in Human Development
Chronic Pain and Parent-Child Relations in Later Life: Does It Make a Difference?
Tuesday, April 24th
Deinera Exner-Cortens, Third year doctoral candidate in Human Development
Psychological Aggression in Teen Dating Relationships (tentative title)

Yoga and Art at the Johnson Museum of Art
Tuesdays, February 28, March 6, 13, 27, April 3 & 10, 2012
Learn more about works of art and then practice yoga with instructor Rachel VerValin from
Mighty Yoga studio. Bring your own mat or purchase one at the session. Beginners are
Register for the full session by Friday, February 24: $54 / $48 for Johnson Museum Members
and students
$10 per class for drop-ins
Call 607 255-6464 to register or for more information.

New York City Day Trips Resume
The Cornell Recreation Connection is pleased to announce the return of day trips to New York
City. Please note that the registration for these trips will all be done through Swarthout
 Our upcoming spring trips are set for:
        Saturday, April 14
        Saturday, May 5
        Saturday, June 2
Itinerary for “Day on Your Own in NYC” trips
        6:30 am bus leaves Cornell’s B-Lot (you must have your boarding pass to board the bus)
        11:30 am bus arrives NYC with drop offs at Bryant Park and Macys (34th Street and 7th
        You will spend the day on your own in the city
        The bus leaves from Bryant Park ONLY at 8:00 pm sharp returning to Cornell at about
        12:30 am.
Details and Information
        Please call Swarthout at 257-2277 to make a reservation.
        They will ask for your net ID as these trips are discounted for Cornell Employees (and
        their guests)
        The cost for the round trip is $50 per person.
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       Payment is due at the time of reservation. You may use your credit card. It you decide
       to send a check, your reservation will not be approved until that payment reaches
       Seats are assigned and filled from front to back as payment is received.
       Once your payment is received and your reservation is set you will receive an email
       confirmation. This is also your boarding pass for the trip.

Sign up for Spring Field Ornithology!
Love birds? Curious about them? Looking for something fun to do this spring? For 35 years,
bird watchers of all abilities in central NY have enthusiastically anticipated the beginning of the
Spring Field Ornithology, an 8-week course offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with
sections designed for the complete beginner to the most avid birder. The 2012 course begins
Wednesday, March 21 and runs through May 13th.
Website: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo
The class consists of Wednesday night lectures, Saturday and Sunday field trips to regional
birding hotspots such as Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Derby Hill Hawkwatch, Montezuma,
Sapsucker Woods and Dryden Lake. Two overnight trips to Montezuma National Wildlife
Refuge and the Cape May NJ area are course highlights. The lecture section also includes two
visits to the bird collection of the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates and a nighttime 'owl prowl.'
Your instructors are Steve Kress, Vice President for Bird Conservation for National Audubon,
guest lecturers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and weekend trips led by local birding
experts. The weekly field trips are organized by beginning, intermediate and advanced birding
levels, with instruction tailored to the interests and abilities of each group. There is a sense of
community that builds throughout the course, and many people enjoy the trips so much that
they return to take them year after year with their friends!
Enrollment is open to the general public, ages 12 and older. You may sign up for just the
lectures, the 8 weeks of guided field trips, just the overnights or all course sections. Discounts
available for members of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
See the website to watch a video about the course, look at photos, review the course schedule
and to enroll: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo. Scholarships are available.
For questions, contact Erica Marx, SFO Course Coordinator, at sfoclass@cornell.edu or 607-254-
2466. See you out birding!

Soup for Hope
The fifth annual Soup and Hope series, held biweekly at noon in Sage Chapel during the winter
months. Soup is provided by Cornell Dining, while guest speakers talk about hope in their lives.
In 2012, programs will be held Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 1, March 15 and March 29.

Al-Anon on Campus
A new Al-Anon group is forming on campus meeting on Mondays. We will be meeting over
lunch each Monday, beginning at 12:10, in the Edwards Room, in Anabel Taylor. Anyone with a
family member who struggles with chemical dependency is welcome.
If you have any questions, please contact Janelle L. Hanson, at the Cornell United Religious
Works (CURW), at jh115@cornell.edu, 255-6002.
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Project Generations
Recent recipient of the Tompkins County Distinguished Youth Award, Ithaca College and Cornell
University Project Generations is looking for older adults in need of a friendly visiting service.
Partnered with Tompkins County Office for the Aging’s program Project Care, Project
Generations aims to recognize older adults’ value as community members and combat issues
such as depression, loneliness, neglect, and functional impairments that often accompany the
aging process.
Students involved in the organization are paired with an older adult in Tompkins County with
whom they will visit for an hour each week. All volunteers are screened and trained prior to
volunteering to ensure that they are well prepared for the visits. Volunteers will help to fulfill
seniors’ personal and functional needs through providing companionship and respite for
caregivers. As helpers of the elderly, the organization highly values and respects seniors’ desire
to age in place and maintain independence. Through this friendly visiting program, Project
Generations hopes to enrich older adults’ and volunteers’ lives and bridge the gap between
 If you or someone you may know are currently over the age 60, reside in the Ithaca area, area
in need of assistance, and could benefit from interaction with a college student, please contact
the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at (607) 274-5482. For more information you can also
contact the Cornell Dependent Care Consultant, Eileen McCoy Whang, at emw76@cornell.edu,

Participate in Research - Diabetes Survey
From Allison Portenoy, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who is working with Dr. Valerie
Reyna in the Lab for Rational Decision Making
I am writing to invite you to participate in an important survey designed to better understand
the factors that influence decision-making as it applies to diabetes treatment. Our research
group has designed a highly innovative and unique survey instrument, the results of which can
yield information with direct clinical importance. Given the growth of diabetes, findings in the
emerging research area of medical decision-making are crucial. This project is the first of its
kind, and its results can directly impact a huge portion of the population.
Participation is anonymous, and you must be 18 years or older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to
participate. Please click on the link that follows to take this survey. It will require about an hour
of your time.
Link: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3xgnZ8PKrZV0a8s
Time is precious and your willingness to donate the time necessary to complete this survey is
deeply appreciated. It is the only way to gain information that has the potential to benefit many
others, as well as to drive the development of new experimental models related to diabetes
and its care. As a token of our appreciation, we will enter you into a raffle where you will have a
one in ten chance to win $50.

Cornell Department of Human Development Study on Memory Changes
The Department of Human Development at Cornell University is conducting a study about how
memory changes as people age. We have been recruiting participants (ages 55+) at local sites,
such as Kendal and Longview, and in New York City as well. In order to better predict and
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improve memory processes in the aged and cognitively impaired, we administer short memory
exercises over the course of 4 research sessions. Currently, we are looking for volunteers who
are interested in participating in our study. Please feel free to contact Caroline Gross (phone:
310-498-2804, email:cjg93@cornell.edu) or Bo Li (phone: 718-223-3756, email:
bl358@cornell.edu) if you are interested in participating in our study.

Johnson Museum of Art
The Johnson Museum of Art is looking for volunteers to train as docents and assist with school
programs. We are looking for people with experience working with youth, in education, and/or
in the arts, who are available on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 - 2:00. If interested, please
contact Carol Hockett at cih2@cornell.edu.

The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project has systematically collected practical advice from over 1500 older Americans
who have lived through extraordinary experiences and historical events. They offer tips on
surviving and thriving despite the challenges we all encounter.

Pawprint Online
Pawprint, our newspaper by and for the Cornell community, has revealed a newly redesigned
website. The online version includes the same news and features you have come to enjoy in
Pawprint as well as links to other Cornell publications, events and web sites of interest to the
campus community.

Cornell Wellbeing Programs
Caregiver Support & Education Network
Are you providing care for an adult family member, spouse, or friend? If so, you are invited to
attend meetings of the Caregiver Support & Education Network. Participants are welcome to
attend when their schedule allows. The facilitators will share strategies, tools, and resources for
coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national
resources that may assist you.
All meetings will be held noon-1:00 p.m. in room 254 Duffield Hall (Note the change in room
number) unless otherwise noted.
        Hospice 101, Thursday, March 15, noon-1:00, 254 Duffield Hall
    Speaker: Pauline Cameron, Hospicare of Ithaca
    A special presentation of the Caregiver Support & Education Network
    Please RSVP: Click here or call 255-1917
Do you wonder what help there is should you or someone you love become seriously ill? How
do you introduce hospice to someone who may benefit from support? Join a staff member
from Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County to learn how the hospice
interdisciplinary team provides medical expertise, emotional, spiritual, and practical support in
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people’s homes (wherever home may be) and how to begin a conversation about hospice.
Presentation will include time for questions and/or discussion.

April 19, May 17, June, 21, July 19, August 16: Topic: General discussion and sharing, Noon-
1:00, 254 Duffield Hall

Additional Elder/Caregiver Presentations
       In-Home Care
Wednesday, March 21, noon-1:00, 221 Weill Hall
Speaker: Teresa Nix, CSA, President, NIX JT Corporation, dba Comfort Keepers
Please RSVP: Click here or call 255-1917
Learn where to start when you or a loved one needs care in their home or health care
               Where do you start to find out the options
               Difference between licensed agencies and certified agencies
               Difference between Companion Svc. and Home Health Aide Svc.
               Difference between private hires and agency employees
               Managing care from a different state or distance from your loved one
Speaker: Teresa Nix is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and consults privately on senior health
care needs, especially care in the home and advocacy. In August 2011 Teresa and her husband
purchased Comfort Keepers in Ithaca and works as the General Manager. Senior care has
always been of interest to Teresa. She worked for Classen Home Health as their Administrative
Assistant and later as their Human Resource Director. Teresa has also worked at Bridges
Cornell Heights where she was the Executive Director and then had a brief career change to
Property Management for Senior Housing.

       Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs
Wednesday, April 25, noon-1:00, 254 Duffield Hall (note different location)
Speaker: Melissa McMahon: Chief Programs Officer, CNY Alzheimer’s Association
Please RSVP: Click here or call 255-1917
Learn about the 10 warning signs of this disease and hear about people living with Alzheimer’s
and how they cope with it.

Wellness Programs
        Stress Reduction Workshop - Focus on Meditation 4-wk Series
Noon-1:00 p.m. Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30. Plantations Visitors Welcome Center the Ten-Eyck
This series will focus on teaching you what meditation is and how to begin your own personal
meditation practice. There will be time during each class to practice the new skills you learn.
You must be able to attend the first session; and it is strongly recommended that you attend all
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four sessions - they build on each other. Open to the Cornell community. Co-sponsored by
Cornell Plantations. Registration Required. Register Here.
       Fibromyalgia Support Group
Join the Fibromyalgia e-list: You may also like to join the fibromyalgia e-list. There are about 20
people on this e-list. Once you join, you can send things out directly to the group via email at
any time. It’s a great way to communicate with others who have fibromyalgia or others who
support people with fibromyalgia. If you would like to be added to the fibromyalgia-l e-list,
please follow the directions on this site:
       Health and Wellness APPs: View a list of health and wellness APPs for your phone here

Adult Caregiving
Cornell provides a Dependent Care Resource and Referral Service to staff, faculty and students
for dependent care, including care for an aging or disabled adult.
You can seek consultative assistance from the Dependent Care Consultant, Eileen McCoy
Whang, on eldercare options. She will assist with locating adult/elder care resources in the
community as well as help caregivers who are providing care from a distance. She can help
caregivers define their personal and older adult concerns while also outlining options to help
caregivers deal with current needs and prepare for the future. In addition, a Caregiver Support
& Education Network meets monthly, noon-1:00 in room 254 Duffield Hall. You can contact
Eileen at emw76@cornell.edu, 255-1917.

The Cornell Family Helper List
The Cornell Family Helper list provides contact information and profiles of potential helpers to
help you with: babysitting, elder caregiving, pet sitting, errands, house sitting, yard care, music
lessons, tutoring, cleaning, sports lessons and fitness training. You will also find a guide to
finding, hiring, and keeping informal care providers.
http://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/support/helper/index.html (You will need your Cornell NetID to
sign in).

       Cornell Retirees Association (CRA): http://www.hr.cornell.edu/retirees/cra.html
       Encore Cornell: http://www.hr.cornell.edu/retirees/encore.html
       Cornell Association of Professor Emeriti (CAPE): http://www.emeritus.cornell.edu
       Cornell Recreation Connection (CRC): http://www.crc.cornell.edu

Recorded Programs
Recorded programs will start upon click and open in a new browser.
Emotional Wellbeing Workshops
      Surviving the Winter Blues & SAD (running time: 15 minutes)
      Hurry Sickness (running time: 21 minutes)
      Holiday Stress (running time: 15 minutes)
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       Worriers Are Us (running time: 21 minutes)
Financial Education Workshops
       Investing After Retirement, provided by TIAA-CREF (running time: 33 minutes)
        Avoiding Identity Theft (running time: 1 hour, 12 minutes)
      Cornell Retirement Plans 101: Understanding Terminology, Options, and Other Basics –
      Contract College Plans (running time: 46 minutes)
      Cornell Retirement Plans 101: Understanding Terminology, Options, and Other Basics -
      Endowed Retirement Plans (running time: 37 minutes)
      Estate Planning (running time: 25 minutes)
      Exploring the Changing World of Consumer Credit (running time: 52 minutes)
      First-time Homebuyer (running time: 43 minutes)
      Pre-Retirement Planning Benefits Session for Contract College Employees Webcast
      (running time: 23 minutes)
      Pre-Retirement Planning Benefits Session for Endowed Employees Webcast (running
      time: 16 minutes)
Work Life/Wellness Programs
      Cyber Safety and Bullying: What Parents Should Know: Part 1 – Focus on Cyber Safety
      (14 minutes) and Part 2 – Focus on Cyber Bullying (16 minutes)
      Tips for Telecommuters: Setting Up an Effective Workspace
       Erectile Dysfunction Education: This webinar is now posted on the Wellness web site. View it
       here. Listen to Guthrie internist, Dr. Matt Estill talk about ED and decreased libido– determining
       if you may have it, how to talk with your doctor about it, and ways in which medications work.
       “Behind the Scene” Career and Family Negotiations in Dual Career Couples:

Encore Volunteer - Opportunities Available at the Cornell Child Care Center in
Please consider joining our new Encore volunteer program at the Cornell Child Care Center,
located on north campus on Pleasant Grove Road, near the A-Lot parking area. The center,
which opened in August, 2008, is managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which runs
more than 600 employer-sponsored centers in the United States, Europe, and Canada and is
chaired by its founder Linda Mason CU '76.
We are looking for retiree volunteers who love children and would like to donate at least one
hour per week to contribute in a variety of ways including rocking infants, reading stories,
working with the children on arts, crafts, music, science, and more. The children at the center
range in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Each volunteer will be assigned to a specific
class/teacher which will provide an opportunity for the volunteer, teacher, and children to
develop a good relationship.
Alternately, if you have a special interest, skill, or expertise you would like to share with the
children from time-to-time (i.e., teaching a class on a certain topic, playing music, bringing an
arts/crafts project) that would be a wonderful way to contribute to the Cornell Child Care
Center as well.

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If you are interested in volunteering for this program in either of these capacities, please
register online at: http://tinyurl.com/2wuwm8x. Contact Kathee Shaff, Retiree Relations, 255-
0388, krs4@cornell.edu for more details.

Encore Volunteering: One-on-One Volunteering
Provide one-on-one assistance to others in the Cornell Community (retirees, faculty, and staff)
by helping with issues such as transportation, friendly visits, donating meals, etc. Contact
Kathee Shaff, Retiree Relations, krs4@cornell.edu, 255-0388 or Eileen Whang, Dependent Care
Consultant, emw76@cornell.edu, 255-1917.

Cornell CARES (Creating Aging Resources and Educational Solutions): Weill Cornell
Medical College Handouts: http://www.cornellcares.com/

This Caring Home: A project of Weill Cornell Medical College with tips and tools to enhance
home safety for persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia:

Treat Me Not My Age: http://treatmenotmyage.com
Dr. Mark Lachs is an Internist, Geriatrician, and Scientist in the field of aging at the Weill
Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Information on the community programs listed below has been obtained from various
community based listservs, newspapers, newsletter, and by submission of the sponsoring
agency. Please contact the listed agency or individual for more information on each program.

Community Activities
Silver Service Lecture: The Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic
Friday, March 9, 2-3:00 pm
Kendal at Ithaca
FREE Silver Service Lecture "The Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic"
2pm to 3pm Friday, March 9. Held at Kendal at Ithaca, Dewitt Clinton Auditorium

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Presentation by Cora Foster, MD, surgeon at Surgical Associates of Ithaca and Medical Director
of Cayuga Medical Center's new Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic. She will speak about the new
Clinic and the benefits it brings to our community. Public invited - all welcome to attend.
Light refreshments, plenty of free parking
For more information 607-274-4498

Poetry Expressions by Veteran’s Sanctuary
Saturday, March 10th from 7-10pm
Unitarian Church in the Parlor Room, 306 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, New York (at the corner
of Aurora St. and Buffalo St.)
Free and open to the public<http://www.facebook.com/#%21/events/378666752160066/>
Facebook event link <http://www.facebook.com/#%21/events/378666752160066/>
Please join us for this poetry reading, to build community and understanding for returning
troops and veterans of all wars.
Veterans are encouraged to read poetry.
 Contact Jenny PAC 570-269-7528 or veterans.sanctuary@gmail.com Veteran Writing Group
Every second and fourth Wednesday from 6-8pm at Owl Cafe above Autumn Leaves Bookstore
on The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 Call to Farms! Community Farm Work Day Everyone
Welcome! Every Monday from 10am-5pm starting February 20, 2012 at 46 King Street,
Trumansburg, NY 14886 New Combat Paper Studio opening in March behind the Ithaca Antique
Mall on Rt 96. Volunteer Work Days to help us get the space ready and reduce our rent will be
9am-5pm Saturday 2/18 and 2/25.
Office: 115 E. MLK, Jr. St. Ithaca, NY 14850 Community Farm: 46 King Street Trumansburg, NY
14886 Everyone welcome at the farm work day- every Monday from 9am-5pm.
Outreach Coordinator, 570.269.7528
Friend us on facebook

A Project of the Center for Transformative
Our mission is to sustain a peer-based, holistic program that supports veterans, with a focus on
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as they transition from combat to civilian life. Our program
provides the tools for transformation and a new path toward addressing veterans’ issues. We
cultivate a safe space in which veterans discuss and process their military experiences through
organic farming, writing, and making combat paper.
Veterans are empowered to share the burden of war with civilians. As soldiers return home,
models like Veterans' Sanctuary hope to lead the way to healing.

Grief 101: Supporting Another in Loss
DATE: Thursday, March 15 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 10 12:00-1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, 172 East King Road, Ithaca
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This one-session program is for adults who are supporting a bereaved loved one. Hospicare's
bereavement counselors will present information about grief in general and on how you can
support a bereaved adult, and they will offer resources available at Hospicare. There will also
be time for questions and discussion.
Please register by March 9th by e-mailing Donna George (dgeorge@hospicare.org) or Kira Lallas
(klallas@hospicare.org), or by calling 607-272-0212.
The same program will be held again on May 10th.
For more information about Hospicare's bereavement support programs, please visit
http://www.hospicare.org/are-you-grieving/, or give us a call. Although donations are always
welcome, Hospicare's groups, programs, and events are generally free and open to the
community -- whether or not you have had a loved one on Hospicare's service, and whether or
not your loss was recent.

Grief 101: For Grievers
Thursday, April 19, 6-8:00 p.m.
This one –time event is for bereaved adults who would like information about the grieving
process: what can be expected, how to know if you need more support and perspective on
helpful ways to cope with grief. Hospicare’s bereavement counselors will present this
information. There will be time for questions and discussions.
Please register by April 13 by e-mailing Donna George (dgeorge@hospicare.org) or Kira Lallas
(klallas@hospicare.org), or by calling 607-272-0212.
Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, 172 East King Road, Ithaca

Special Music Evening at Hospicare
Musicale: Ithaca College’s Piano Chamber Ensemble
Friday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, 172 East King Road

Library to Host Women’s History Month Writing Workshop
Monday, March 19, 1-3 pm
The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate Women's History Month with "Creating Word
Portraits," a writing workshop about women, Monday, March 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the
BorgWarner Community Room-West.
Facilitated by Irene "Zee" Zahava, this workshop will provide participants of all ages and
genders with the inspiration and encouragement to write about and share stories of the special
women in their lives.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring a photograph or keepsake that reminds
them of the woman they plan to write about.
Zahava is a writer, poet, publisher and anthologist and the founder of Zee's Writing Studio.i
This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To
register, contact Zahava at (607) 273-4675 or zee@twcny.rr.com<mailto:zee@twcny.rr.com>.

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Controlling Clutter Before it Controls You
On Monday, March 5, Robin Schwartz, local Professional Organizer will start another series of
Home/Paper Decluttering/Organizing Workshops, "Controlling Clutter Before it Controls You"
This is a five session workshop, with classes spaced two weeks apart.
Two of the five classes are about paper organization (dealing with a large backlog of papers,
what you can and cannot get rid of, organizing a (sometimes) monumental amount of paper.)
 The other three classes are about decluttering and organizing and developing new systems and
habits. Decluttering homework is given! This is an excellent class for those who want to get a
handle on their home and paper clutter. The insight you gain about belongings will help you
for the rest of your lives. This class really does have lasting effects.
Robin tackles this subject with humor and makes this class fun.
Plus she brings chocolate.
The cost of the class is $210, which most participants get back by selling some of their
unwanted items locally. (Robin covers this topic.) Payment plans are available.
Note: The class participants decide the dates and times for the second to fifth sessions at the
first, March 5th, class.
Please see a complete workshop description and lots of past participants comments at
Or e-mail Robin with questions to declutter@twcny.rr.com. If you would like to take the class,
please e-mail Robin right away!!
Robin Schwartz, Professional Organizer
declutter@twcny.rr.com, www.robindeclutter.wordpress.com
Robin Schwartz, Program Director, Community Arts Partnership
171 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, PMB 107, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-5072, ext. 20, programs@artspartner.org, www.artspartner.org

Health Exchanges: What’s Ahead for New York State
Monday, March 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
In the Rice Conference Room at the Health Department building, 55 Brown Road Ithaca, across
from the airport. All are welcome.
Linda Smith, Legislative Aide with Barbara Lifton, NYS Assembly Member
Sherry Coronas Esq., Community Health Advocate,
Monroe County Legal Assistance Center
Linda Smith will outline the Governor’s proposal for a NYS health exchange, the virtual
marketplace for health care reform. She will also review issues being debated. For the
Governor’s proposal go to
http://publications.budget.ny.gov/eBudget1213/fy1213artVIIbills/HMH_ArticleVII.pdf, and look
for p 98 or search for “Health Benefit Exchange”
Sherry Coronas will describe the role of the community health advocates within health reform.
She will also talk about what health and human services staff can do to help clients learn about
health coverage options and the support her office can provide in navigating the system.
 Betty Falcão: Director, Health Planning Council of Tompkins County, (607) 273-8686

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Retiring From Driving: It isn’t the end!
This presentation, sponsored by Way2Go and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins
County, will educate participants about how to approach retiring from driving, and what
resources there are in Tompkins County to aid in transportation after driving retirement. Topics
will include medical transportation (in and out of the county), rural transportation,
transportation for daily tasks and beneficial programs offered to help keep seniors active after
retiring from driving.
Tuesday, 6/5, 1PM-3PM, **Ray Weaver (1-session) **This class will take place at the Lifelong
Learning Center.*
Tuesday, 4/10, 10AM-12PM, Ray Weaver (1-session) **This class will take place at the Newfield
Garden Apartments located at 261 Main Street, Newfield, NY.*
*Tuesday, 5/30, 10:30AM-12PM, Ray Weaver (1-session) **This class will take place at the
Lansing Library located at 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY*
For information:
Ray Weaver, Way2Go Program Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County
615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292 ext. 150

AARP Safe Driving Classes at Lifelong Learning Center
March 21st and 28th 1-4:30pm (Wednesdays)
*The rest are all Saturdays from 9am-1pm*
April 14th and 21st
May 12th and 19th
June 2nd and 9th
July 14th and 21st
September 8th and 15th
October 13th and 20th
November 10th and 17th
December 1st and 8th
For information:
Ray Weaver, Way2Go Program Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County
615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292 ext. 150

Home Repair and Accessibility Modification Information Sessions
WHERE:           Finger Lakes Independence Center
WHEN:            Wednesday, March 28, 2012
TIME:            11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Finger Lakes Independence Center and Bishop Sheen Housing are hosting one-to-one
information sessions to provide home repair assistance, answer questions and take applications
for low income single family home owners in need of home repairs. Grant money is available
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to make repairs such as roofs, furnaces, hot water heaters, grab bars, ramps and walk-in
showers. Please join us on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Finger Lakes Independence
Center, 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, please RSVP to Bishop Sheen Housing – 585-657-4114 by
March 27.

Beautification Brigade Training
Training for the 2012 Beautification Brigade will be held Wednesday March 21 and Wednesday
March 28, 6:00 – 8:30, at Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca.
The Beautification Brigade is a group of volunteers who work with the Community
Beautification Program at various flower planting sites around the City of Ithaca. No previous
experience is necessary to join. For more information and a volunteer application, contact Dan
Klein at 272- 2292, ext. 123, or dek22@cornell.edu. More information can also be found at
www.ccetompkins.org <http://www.ccetompkins.org/>/beautification.

Upcoming gardening / local foods Workshops & Events
Mark your calendars for the following workshops and events, offered by - or in partnership with
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, or neighboring county Extensions. Please
direct any questions to the contact listed for each entry. For a detailed listing of workshops and
events offering in all program areas at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County,
please visit: http://ccetompkins.org/calendar.

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Speaker Will Discuss the Future of Aging
Policy in America
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Park Hall Auditorium, Ithaca College
Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, will deliver the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute's spring 2012 Distinguished
Speaker Series talk, "The Future of Aging Policy in America," on Thursday, April 12. Free and
open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Park Hall Auditorium. A reception will
The assistant secretary will discuss the Administration on Aging's (AoA) latest policy
developments. She will also discuss the current state of the Aging Network to enhance the
dignity of elders and to promote long-term services and supports for older Americans and
adults with disabilities. With changes in Medicare taking place as a result of the Affordable Care
Act, and the Older Americans Act of 1965 up for reauthorization, Ms. Greenlee's perspective
and information will be most timely.
Kathy Greenlee was appointed by President Obama as assistant secretary of aging at the U. S.
Department of Health and Human Services and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009. In
January 2011, Assistant Secretary Greenlee was designated as the Administrator of the CLASS
(Community Living Assistance Supports and Services) program, a component of the Affordable
Care Act signed into law by President Obama in March 2010.

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Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at the talk should contact the
Gerontology Institute as soon as possible by calling Paula Davis at (607) 274-1607 or emailing
pdavis@ithaca.edu <mailto:pdavis@ithaca.edu>.

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Presents April Workshops on Aging in
Place, Playgrounds for Elders, and Financial Concerns
The spring Ithaca College Gerontology Workshop series will cover movements to age in place,
provide playgrounds for seniors, and address elders’ financial concerns over three consecutive
Wednesday afternoons, on April 4, 11, and 18.
Sponsored by the Gerontology Institute and the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies,
the workshops offer affordable, local opportunities for continuing professional education. The
sessions run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Longview auditorium, 1 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca.
Advance registration is requested and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $20 per
workshop or $50 to register for the series of three; for retired persons, the cost is $12 per
workshop. To register, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/gps/gerontology/ .
Additional information on registration and continuing education credits is also available on the
website, or by calling or e-mailing the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies at 607-274-
3143, or gps@ithaca.edu.
The workshops are:
        April 4: “Aging in Place – The Role of Universal Design”
Esther Greenhouse, an environmental gerontologist specializing in the impact of the built
environment on the level of functioning and well-being of seniors, will introduce the concepts
of aging in place, a movement to enable people to remain in their own homes as long as
possible. An AARP study, “Fixing to Stay: A National Survey on Housing and Home Modification
Issues” (2000), found that over 80% of persons over age 45 wanted to stay in their homes
throughout their lifetime. The two hallmarks of aging in place are choice and independence.
Ms. Greenhouse will highlight the elements of universal design, an approach that can enable
persons of all ages and most abilities to live at the highest level of independence possible.
        April 11: “The Importance of Recreation throughout the Lifespan: Playgrounds for
Recreation provides benefits at any age. Social, fitness, and rehabilitation activities that make
use of properly-designed playgrounds for older people can promote health and wellness as well
as reduce limitations and restrictions caused by an illness or disabling condition. Michael
Cohen, an Ithaca resident since 1980 who has designed and built playgrounds for children and
now elders, will discuss the value of recreation for older adults and describe the international
interest in playground areas built for elders.
        April 18: “Financial Concerns for Older Consumers”
Michael J. Danaher, Jr., an assistant attorney general in the Binghamton Regional Office of the
New York State Attorney General’s Office, will help workshop attendees understand personal
finance instruments that have been developed or expanded in recent years. Reverse
mortgages, annuities, internet banking, and credit and debit cards have different requirements,
costs, and effects on personal finances. At the same time, scams on the internet or by mail
continue to target older people and their money. Assistant Attorney General Danaher will

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discuss the consumer and legal issues of financial contracts, financial exploitation, and what can
be done to protect older community and family members.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Paula Davis at (607) 274-
1607 or by email at pdavis@ithaca.edu well in advance of the workshop.

Library to Offer Digital Download Training Sessions
The Tompkins County Public Library will offer free training sessions on downloading eBooks and
audiobooks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones and other app-based devices through the
OverDrive Digital Download service Wednesdays at 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM and Thursdays at
5:00 PM and 5:30 PM through March 29.
These 30-minute sessions are free and open to the public; however space is limited and
registration required. To register, call the Reference Desk at (607) 272-4556.
Participants will need a valid Library card and password to download items to their devices.
Nook users who own laptops are also asked to bring them to the session.
Sessions will be held at the Adult Services Reference Desk.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes
The Funeral Consumers Alliance will be doing a public presentation on April 18, 2012 at 10:00
am at Lifelong (119 W. Court St. in Ithaca), and again on May 9, 2012, at 10:30, at the
Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn Rd., Lansing.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance will present on the topic of Planning for Funeral Needs.
A seminar and discussion, free and open to all, treating options for final disposition (burial,
cremation, anatomical donation, etc.), cost control, general price lists, price variations for
services in this region, and sources of reliable information.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, formerly the Ithaca Memorial Society, is a
nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to consumer education and protection. It also
provides opportunities for making simple funeral plans. For more information, visit

Library Releases Community Cookbook
The Tompkins County Public Library has announced the release of its first community
cookbook, "The Library Table: Recipes from Readers, Food for the Mind."
Spearheaded by Librarian Debbie Collier, the spiral-bound cookbook includes nearly 180 recipes
from more than 100 community members and provides a glimpse into the kitchens of library
patrons, employees and trustees.
"Recipes were sent to us on scraps of paper, recipe forms, through our website, by email and
even through Twitter," Collier marveled, noting that the book contains an eclectic mix of
handed-down family recipes and modern "modified" dishes.
Food lovers will enjoy the "notes" sections, which include stories about submitted recipes, and
literature lovers will devour the featured food-related quotes.
The book was a project of the Library and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and
was published by Morris Press Cookbooks of Nebraska. It includes recipes for appetizers and
beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls,
desserts, cookies and candies, and this and that.
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Copies are available for $10 at the Library's Circulation Desk with all proceeds benefitting
Library outreach programs and services.
For more information about the cookbook, contact Debbie Collier at (607) 272-4557 extension
249 or dcollier@tcpl.org<mailto:dcollier@tcpl.org>.

Spring 2012 Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes
March 28— May 2 (Wednesdays)
10:30 AM-Noon at Brookdale Senior Living, 103 Bundy Rd., Ithaca, NY
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational program designed to provide you with
the tools you need to take care of
You will learn to:
• Reduce stress
• Improve self-confidence
• Better communicate your feelings
• Balance your life
• Increase your ability to make tough decisions
• Locate helpful resources
The program consists of six - 90 minutes class sessions held weekly and is offered free of charge
to caregivers.
(Not intended for professional caregivers)
Pre-registration is Required
To register or inquire about the program, call: Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 274-5482
Let’s Face It… Caring for someone with a chronic illness such as dementia, heart disease,
Parkinson’s Disease or stroke can be stressful physically, emotionally and financially.
Balance Your Life…Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered by the Caregivers Resource Center of the Tompkins
County Office for the Aging, with support from Lifelong, Cornell University, and the Long Term
Care Services Unit of the Tompkins County Department of Social Services

Free Tax Prep
February 1-April 7, 2012
IRS trained and certified volunteers prepare free federal and state tax returns for:
        Adults age 60+ (with spouse of any age)
        Individual with disabilities
        Individuals under 60 with limited incomes
By appointment only. Call:
        273-1511 for an appointment at Lifelong
        533-4939 for an appointment at Lansing Community Library
        387-5623 for an appointment at Ulysses Philomathic Library
        Home visits are available for taxpayers who are medically unable to travel, call 273-1511
Tax Counseling for the Elderly is sponsored by Lifelong and the Retired & Senior Volunteer
Program (RSVP) with a grant from the Internal Revenue Service.

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End of Life Ethics
Hospice Foundations of Americas; 19th Annual Teleconference
Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County and Cayuga Medical Center will be co-
sponsoring Hospice Foundations of Americas’ 19th Annual Teleconference which will examine,
using a case study approach, the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end-of-life.
Ethical decisions at the end-of-life provide a point where all the factors that influence end-of-
life care such as finances, laws, values, culture, and technology converge. The decisions that
are made at the end-of-life affect not only the way that the person dies, but also the ways that
survivors face the loss.
Following the educational conference, there will be a panel discussion of local experts on ethics
and end-of-life. All are welcome
For information and to register please contact Melissa Travis-Dunham at 607-272-0212 or

Caregiver personality traits affect mental, physical health: Cornell Chronicle:

Cornell expands parking and transit options for retirees: Cornell Chronicle:

10 Things You should Know About Aging with Dignity and Independence: SCAN

A push for family input to detect dementia earlier: USA Today:
Mad as Hell: The New Old Age: NY Times:

Having to Think About the Unthinkable: Latimes.com:

Fighting Resistance From Seniors: Caregiver.com:

The Who Am I? Scrapbook: Caregiver.com:

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Legally Protect Your Aging Loved Ones: Caregiver.com:

Community Workshops/Classes
Hospice Volunteer Training
If you've ever thought about getting involved with Hospicare's work in any of a variety of ways,
consider becoming a volunteer. We generally hold trainings twice each year, and our next
round of sessions is coming up in April and May.
*Please note that attendance at all six sessions is required to complete the mandatory 20
hours. The dates are:
- Monday, April 23rd
- Tuesday, April 24th
- Wednesday, April 25th
- Monday, April 30th
- Tuesday, May 1st
- Wednesday, May 2nd
Sessions begin at 5:30 pm. and end at 9:00 pm.
If you have decided that volunteering is of interest to you, please contact Wendy Yettru,
Manager of Volunteer Services, to set up an informal interview.
Wendy can be contacted by e-mail at wyettru@hospicare.org or by phone at 607.272.0212. For
more information about volunteering at Hospicare, visit our "Volunteers" page
Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County
172 East King Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
607.277.3785 fax or 607.272.0237 fax

Weekly yoga classes from Lifelong
         Young at Heart Yoga
Tuesdays, 5:00 to 6:00pm
at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street
Join yoga instructor Carol Fuller for this invigorating class that is suitable for all!
         Yoga for the older adult with special conditions
Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:15am
at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 302 St. Catherine Circle
         Yoga for well older adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am to 12:45pm
at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 302 St. Catherine Circle
Both classes at St. Catherine of Siena will be led by yoga instructor Eleanor Liebson.

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The cost is $5 per class; there are also monthly payment options available.
For more information, please call Lifelong at 273-1511, www.tclifelong.org

GIAC Senior Program
The Senior Program at the Great Ithaca Activities Center has a wide range of activities,
programs, events available to members each month. The only requirement is that you are sixty
years old or older. There is a $40 registration fee for the year, although scholarships are
available for anyone unable to pay the full fee. Participants living within or close to Ithaca are
picked up at their homes, those living further out are asked to drive to central pick up areas.
If you would like to receive more information or a registration form, call Zack Nelson, Program
Coordinator at 272-3622 or email znelson@cityofithaca.org

Lifelong Senior Center
119 W. Court St.
 Visit our website at www.tclifelong.org
Classes, travel, volunteer opportunities, “Check It” program, senior groups, and more!
The mission of Lifelong is to enhance the lives of older adults in Tompkins County.
Lifelong achieves its mission through health and wellness, learning, exercise, recreation, travel,
life planning and volunteer programs.
We invite you to explore our web site and to take advantage of the many opportunities that
Lifelong provides seniors throughout the county.

The Fall Lifelong Learning Catalog
Now available! Get Your Copy Online at <http://www.tclifelong.org/> www.tclifelong.org or
by stopping in at 119 W. Court St., Ithaca NY

News from Lifelong: Two New balance-promoting classes in Lansing, Dryden, Ithaca
T’ai Chi promotes balance, flexibility, coordination, and reduces pain. T’ai Chi is also known to
lower the risk of falls, increase energy levels, enhance sleep, and reduce stress and
anxiety. Using precise, fluid movements, T’ai Chi will dissolve tension, increase your strength,
cardiovascular fitness, and leave you with a greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of
wholeness. You can find new classes at:
     Lansing Library in Lansing, NY on Tuesdays at 11:30am
     Lifelong in Ithaca, NY on Wednesdays at 7pm.
Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based exercise program that helps participants at all levels of
fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. Classes
focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics, strength training exercises, and
deep breathing exercises. You can find new classes at:
     Dryden Fire Hall in Dryden, NY on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15am
     Look for additional Enhance Fitness classes coming to Newfield and Kendal at Ithaca this

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Travel with Lifelong
Travel with friends while traveling all over! Lifelong is planning a variety of intriguing trips for
the 2011-2012 calendar. Please visit our updated travel calendar online at www.tclifelong.org
or at Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca.

Lifelong Walk Program
Come walk with us! Lifelong’s walk program is back with a line of fun and invigorating walks.
Lifelong and RSVP volunteers Elke Schofield and Jane Zimmer will be escorting you on
educational and nature walks throughout Tompkins County. See an update walk calendar
online at www.tclifelong.org or at Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca. Cone and enjoy
Ithaca’s gorgeous summer and fall weather!

Support Groups
Adults* (18+) *with Asperger's Syndrome Support Group *
Asperger's Syndrome creates unique gifts, concerns and perspectives. When the syndrome is
misunderstood by others, it often creates painful experiences and loneliness.
Come join others with asperger's traits for practical support and social connection. Enjoy the
comfort of being with others with similar ways of perceiving the world.
This recently formed group meets the third Thursday of each month at 7PM in the basement of
St. Luke Lutheran Church in Collegetown, Ithaca. St. Luke is located at 109 Oak Avenue, off of
College Avenue, just behind Collegetown Bagels.
For more information, contact Douglas at movieguy@twcny.rr.com or (607) 592 0510
Next meeting is Thursday, January 19th.
Although this group coordinates with the Families of Adults with Aspergers Group, it is a
different and separate group which meets very different needs in a separate room of the same
church. Efforts are being made to establish groups for younger people with aspergers and their
families. Stay tuned...

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
The third Wednesday of the month.
Join fellow caregivers for a monthly informal meeting led by psychologist Ralph Hesse. A light
chef prepared lunch will be served. Companion care for your loved one may be available.
Please call for details.hird Wednesday of each mont12:30 – 1:30 pm at Walden Place
Sponsored by: Walden Place
Assisted Living - Memory Care
839 Bennie Road | Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 756-8101 | www.seniorlifestyle.com
Call for reservations. Free and Open to the Public

Weekly Caregiver Support Group
The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is pleased to announce the formation of
a new weekly Caregiver Support Group open to anyone caring for an elderly spouse,
parent, other relative or friend.
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Meetings will be at 6:30 P.M. at Lifelong at 119 W. Court St. and continue every Thursday
thereafter. The first Thursday of each month will begin with a presentation by a local expert on
a topic relevant to family caregivers.
For more information, or to receive monthly notices about speakers and topics, contact the
Office for the Aging, 274-5482, reply to this email or attend the first meeting.
You can view a flyer about the group on our website at www.tompkins-co.org/cofa . If you
have the capacity to print it out and post it for interested folks, we would appreciate your
helping in spreading the word.

Depression Support Group at FLIC
The depression support group at the Finger Lakes Independence Center meets weekly, each
Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at the Center, 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca. The group is free,
confidential and organized by people who have personal experience with depression. For
information call: Larry Roberts, Finger Lakes Independence Center at 272-2433.

Support Groups: Caregivers Resource center: Office for the Aging
The Caregivers’ Resource Center facilitates the following caregiver support groups. Call 274-
5492 for details.
   • Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Caregiver Support Group
       Open to those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments
       4th Tuesday of the month (Sept 27, Oct. 25, Nov 22), 1:00 - 2:30 PM in the Office for
       the Aging, Conference Room (320 N. Tioga St., Ithaca)
       Parkinson’s Support Group
       Open to Parkinsonians and their Care Partners
       Meets Quarterly, next meeting is October 19
       2:00 PM - 3:30 PM at Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca
       Sponsored in cooperation with Cornell
       Another Alzheimer’s Group:
       In addition to the daytime group (above), people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s
       or related disorders can also attend a group that meets at 5:30 PM on the 1st
       Wednesday of each month. It meets at Lifelong, 119 W. Court St. For information, call
       the Alzheimer’s Association at 330-1647. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of

Cancer Resource Center Support Groups
For more information about any of the groups, contact the Cancer Resource Center at 277-
0960, www.crcfl.net.
Note that the Cancer Resource Center (612 W. State St.) is open every Tuesday evening from 5-
7 pm for anyone to visit and browse through our resources.
Weekly Meetings:
       Friday Brown Bag Lunch for Women-Noon gathering for women with cancer at any
       stage of treatment or recovery. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide drinks and a light
       dessert. Meets Fridays from Noon-1:15, Cancer Resource Center (612 W. State St).

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      Women’s Group-Thursdays, 5:30-6:30, Cancer Resource Center (612 State Street).
      Women with any type of cancer, and at any stage of treatment or recovery are
      Men’s Breakfast Club: Fridays, 8:00-9:00 am, Royal Court, Restaurant. Men with any
      type of cancer, and at any stage of treatment or recovery are welcome.
Monthly Meetings:
      Young Adult Group: For People 20-40ish with cancer. Partners welcome. Meets the 4th
      Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 at the cancer Resource Center.
      Living with Cancer as a Chronic Disease: For people with more advanced cancers or at a
      high risk of recurrence. There are two monthly meetings – both from Noon-1:30 at the
      Cancer Resource Center. The meeting on the first Thursday of the month is for people
      with cancer and/or their partners. The meeting on the third Thursday of the month is
      just for the people with cancer.
      Tompkins Prostate Support Group: Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:00-
      6:30 pm at the Cancer Resource Center (612 W. State St.). Men with prostate cancer
      and their loved ones are welcome. For more information, call Brian Wilbur (607) 277-
      New to Cancer Group: For those newly diagnosed and/or their loved ones. Meet others
      who are coming to grips with cancer. Ask questions, learn about resources, and think
      out loud with people who understand. Meets the second Thursday of each month from
      Noon-1:30 at the Cayuga Medical Center’s Medical Office Building, Suite 107A (next to
      the infusion site of Drs. Garbo and Bael).
      Online Discussion Group: We now offer an online forum to connect with others in our
      area who are affected by cancer. It’s available 24 hours a day in all kinds of weather!
       Please join us.
Groups sponsored by other organizations:
      Cornell Support Group: Meets the 3rd Friday of each month, noon-1:00 pm, contact
      Pediatric Cancer Group (sponsored by Mira’s Movement). For parents with a child in
      treatment or recently out of treatment for cancer, children with cancer or recently out
      of treatment, and their siblings. Meets at the Mira’s Movement offices, 120 E. State
      Street. Call 607-319-4804 or email support@mirasmovement.org.
      On-line Support Groups: http://www.acor.org. A wide range of internet-based support
      groups is now available. People with even very rare cancers can connect with each
      other in this manner. One online group is targeted to people in central New York.
      Other area support groups: We’d be happy to help you find a group in Cortland,
      Syracuse, Elmira, or elsewhere. Please email info@crcfl.net or call 607-277-0960.

Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Meets 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca, 127 West State St.
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is offering a free, supportive, educational support group
for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The service is offered FREE of charge,
child care provided if requested.
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Facilitated by a Family & Children’s Service therapist, the group addresses unique challenges,
issues, and solutions for grandparents. The group meets on the 4th Monday of the month from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Family & Children’s Service’s State Street location ~127 West State Street.
 The sessions do not require a mental health diagnosis for participation nor do participants have
to be clients at the agency.
Free Childcare Available Upon Request
Refreshments Served
Please register before attending by calling Claudia Voss Lewenstein at Family & Children’s
Service at 273-7494.

New York State Handbook for Relatives Raising Children:

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
 This support group will meet on the last Wednesday of each month from 2:30 - 4:30, in the
Unitarian Church (HS Annex Room).
This group is designed to support adults who are experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as
a result of stroke, brain tumor, vestibular dysfunction, or accidental head trauma. The focus of
the group is to support one another to face the challenges that result from such injury: loss of
employment, financial stressors, impact on family dynamics, self esteem challenges, how to
redefine oneself with these new circumstances, commitment to maintain a positive outlook,
and live life fully.
This group will be facilitated by Daniela Hess Scholl, a Life & Health Coach with Insight Coaching
(http://www.InsightCoaching.US) and Rebecca Ribeiro, a Social Worker from Cayuga Ridge.
Both are experienced in support group facilitation, and have personal connection to the issues
related to Traumatic Brain Injury.
For further information, please contact Daniela Hess Scholl at (607) 539.1114 or email:

Finger Lakes Independence Center Support Groups
       Depression Support Group
       Meets weekly, Thursday at FLIC at 5:30pm
       Peer-led self-help group
       Contact Larry at 272-2433 for more info
       Visual Support Group
       Open to anyone who has vision impairment
       Meets 1st Tuesday of month at FLIC, 1 - 2:30pm
       Contact Sherry at 272-2433 for more info
       "Do Da" Support Group (all disabilities welcome)
       Meets 2nd Wednesday of month at Titus Towers, 1 - 2:30pm
       Contact Sherry at 272-2433 for more info
       Hard of Hearing Networking Group
       Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at Longview, 1 - 2:30pm
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       Contact Sherry at 272-2433 for more info
       Acquired Brain Injury
       Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at FLIC, 7 - 9pm
       Contact Dr. Richard Maxwell, PhD at 256-5076 for more info

Pet Loss Group
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Coping With the Loss of Your Pet Group, a self-help, professionally facilitated gathering that
offers education about coping with loss and emotional support at no charge in a safe and
supported environment, will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. The group is co-
facilitated by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, and Cathie Simpson, Ph.D., an Ithaca
psychotherapist who specializes in helping people get over grief, anxiety, and depression. The
group meets at Simpson’s downtown Ithaca office at 316 Court Street in Ithaca. There is no
charge for participation, and individuals are encouraged to bring a photograph or other
memento to share.
For additional information or for answers to questions about the group, please call Jane Baker
Segelken at 607-257-9598 or Cathie Simpson at 607-273-3063.

On-line pet loss support group available
The facilitators of the monthly Coping With the Loss of Your Pet Group have created an on-line
Facebook community for those who wish to pay tribute to their departed animal companions
and support each other. Found at
facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=166532380028244 the site recognizes that sorrow
is a normal and natural reaction to the loss of a cherished animal companion and gives
individuals a place where they can share their emotions about the loss of their animal
companion without feeling like they need to defend their emotional reactions.

Hospicare and Palliative Care Services host the following bereavement support
All groups meet at the Nina K. Miller Center, 172 East King Road, Ithaca unless otherwise
specified. For more information contact Donna George at 272-0212 or dgeorge@hospicare.org.
For information about Hospicare and Palliative Care Services, please call 607-272-0212 or visit

Evening Bereavement Group
Meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
For ALL BEREAVED adults no matter when the loss occurred.

Continuing Bonds Group
Meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
This drop in group is a peer support group for women who have lost their spouses/partners-
recently of a long time ago. Discussion will focus on issues pertinent to this unique loss while
recognizing the importance of this continued bond in our present lives.

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Bereaved Parents Group
Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
A peer-run support group for bereaved PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS. For more information,
contact Carlo Troise at 255-9470. (No registration or fee; donations appreciated.)

Wednesday Breakfast Club
Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m.
An informal breakfast get-together at Friendly’s Restaurant at 323 Elmira Road (Route 13),
Ithaca. (No registration necessary. Individuals pay for their own food/beverage.)

Tuesday Lunch Club
Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00 Noon
An informal lunch get-together at Royal Court Restaurant at 529 S. Meadow Street (Route 13),
Ithaca. (No registration necessary. Individuals pay for their own food/beverage.

Community Resources
Free Seeds Available at Cooperative Extension!
Each year, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County solicits and receives seed
donations (including many heirloom and organic seeds) from a variety of companies that have
included Ithaca Agway, Seed Savers Exchange, FEDCO, Burpee, Heirloom Seeds, Seed Saver
Exchange, Select Seeds, Harris Seeds, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. We make these
seeds available to the public through our free "Seed Cabinets". Flower, vegetable and herb
seeds are available.
Everyone is welcome to come and take some free seeds (please observe a limit of 10 packets
per visit). We do ask you to sign in and indicate how many packets you take, so that we can
document the impact of this program. The Seed Cabinets are located in our
Agriculture/Environment office and can be visited weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm. Tompkins
County Cornell Cooperative Extension is located at 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca (Dey St. exit
from Route 13).
See <http://ccetompkins.org/about-us/map-directions>MAP &
For more information about this free seed program, visit:
For gardening resources, information and upcoming workshops, visit:
Questions? Call (607) 272-2292 for more information.

Senior/Disabled Home Repair
If you, your loved ones or friends are Senior Citizens or Disabled and need repairs, Better
Housing for Tompkins County may be able to help!
BHTC has a program designed to assist senior and disabled people with safety and accessibility
issues in their home. These could include a need for grab bars in the bathroom or trip hazards
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such as poor lighting or dangerous flooring. We ask that clients pay the cost for materials, and
we provide assessment and labor. If you are unable to pay for the cost of materials, we may be
able to provide referrals or solutions to help with this.
Our Repair Coordinator will complete a 10 point inspection on the dwelling, assess need and
cost estimate and discuss options with the home owner. Our Repair Coordinator will also
inspect and provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as needed.
The client must be the homeowner.
For information or referral, call BHTC at (607)273-2187 xt. 201 or email us at
<http://www.betterhousingtc.org> www.betterhousingtc.org

Genealogy Club
Are you interested in finding your Ancestors?
Do you need a little help but not sure where to look? Come join the Ithaca's Genealogy Club.
The Club will try to help beginners to get started, intermediate genealogists to continue their
research and advanced genealogists to share their experiences and make suggestions to help
others. We hope to have interesting topics that will encourage genealogists to continue their
research. For information call 607-898-3381 or email Thurstonwg@hotmail.com

A directory with info on energy help with contact info and eligibility

Falls Prevention Resource Guide
A new 28-page booklet, the Tompkins County Falls Prevention Resource Guide, is now available
from the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. It is also published on the Office for the Aging
website at:
This booklet was prepared by the Office for the Aging as one of the projects of the Tompkins
County Step Up to Stop Falls Coalition led by the Health Planning Council of the Human Services
Coalition. It is supported by a grant from the Community Health Foundation of Western and
Central New York.
Check out the booklet to see the many resources available in our community to help those at
risk of falls.

Finger Lakes Independence Center Loan Closet & Try It Room
The Finger Lakes Independence Center loans out assistive equipment and devices for people
with disabilities or temporary medical conditions.
Our *Loan Closet* has durable medical equipment that can be borrowed, such
as manual transport wheelchairs and accessories, canes and crutches, bed
rails, commodes and shower chairs. Loan Closet items can be borrowed for 3 months with a
$25 deposit. The deposit is returned when the item is returned. Smaller items are free to

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borrow. Items can be picked up and returned to FLIC at 215 Fifth St, Ithaca, NY. We do not
Our *Try-It Room* has equipment for help with everyday activities. They include magnifiers,
phones and alarm clocks for those with vision and hearing loss, sound amplification devices, pill
sorters, kitchen devices, etc. Try-It Room items may be borrowed for up to 2 weeks, no deposit
is required. If you wish to purchase items, we have catalogs from several companies, and
can help you place an order.

We also have a library of books, videotapes, and DVDs on a wide variety of disability-related
topics. There is a $10 refundable deposit for books, and a $40-$50 refundable deposit for
videos and DVDs.

Please call or visit, or see our website:
The Finger Lakes Independence Center
215 Fifth Street, Ithaca, N
(located on the north side of Ithaca, from Route 13, turn on to Third St, right on Hancock St,
then right on Fifth St)
(607) 272-2433 (Voice/TTY)
We are open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

Senior Driver Education: Way2Go
Way2Go, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Program provides information on increasing
transportation equity and sustainability to Tompkins County residents.
Way2Go is also focusing on Senior Driver Education and Retirement, and provides information
on other forms of transit in the area, including low-cost or free transportation for medical
If you, or a family member, are interested in learning more about Senior Driver Education and
Retirement, please contact Ray Weaver at (607)272-2292.
You can also explore various local transportation options on the Way2Go website at

Web Site Helps Those Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has unveiled an interactive "community of care"
Web site that will help family caregivers meet other caregivers, learn about the brain disorder,
and connect "live" with experts.
"Care Crossroads" addresses a major issue raised by caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's
disease: a feeling of isolation and stigma. It also provides an alternate type of support service
for caregivers whose round-the-clock responsibilities prevent them from interacting in person
at organized programs. Among the site's unique features, AFA's social workers are available to
respond to questions and concerns — online, by e-mail, or via phone calls to the organization's
toll-free hotline at 866/232-8484.
Family caregivers can also take advantage of an online multi-disease health and wellness
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support community and a "learn" section, where visitors can learn more about strategies for
behavioral challenges, recreational activities, and safety issues appropriate for the specific
stages of the disease. Go to http://www.carecrossroads.org/.

Federal Government Replaces Food Pyramid to Promote a Healthier Diet
The federal government has a new food icon, MyPlate, to help consumers make healthier food
choices. MyPlate replaces the government’s food pyramid icon and is intended to prompt
consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times by emphasizing fruits,
vegetables, grains, protein and dairy foods.
ChooseMyPlate.gov is a government Web site designed to help consumers build healthier diets,
with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly
nutrition information. The online resources and tools are designed to empower consumers to
make healthier food choices for themselves and their families. Later this year, USDA will unveil
an online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical
activity choices. To learn more, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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