Elder & Adult Care Workshops

elderly handsCaregiver Support & Education Network Meetings

Are you providing care for an adult family member, spouse, or friend, either locally or long distance?  Perhaps the one you care for is living in a facility, independently in their own home, or in your home.   If so, you are invited to attend meetings of the Caregiver Support & Education Network. Participants are welcome to attend when their schedule allows. Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers.  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. Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Questions?  Contact Diane Bradac, sdb39@cornell.edu.

General Discussion and Sharing Dates 

  • June 18, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
  • July 16, 2020:  12:00 - 1:00 pm,  via Zoom
  • August 20, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
  • August 20, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
  • September 17, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
  • October 22, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom
  • November 19, 2020: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, via Zoom


Past Events

Medicare Basics

February 12, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm

East Hill Office Building, Training Room #140 - Remote option available

Medicare Basics is an introduction to the federally administered health insurance program that provides coverage to persons 65 and older, and persons under 65 who are disabled. Seniors, those caring for them, and anyone interested in the topic are welcome to attend. The presentation will cover the different ways you can receive your Medicare benefits, how Medicare works with other health insurance, and financial-assistance options that may be available to you. Information will also be provided on the free tax counseling services provided at Lifelong, Ithaca and Ulysses Philomathic Library in Trumansburg. Presented by Liza Burger, MSW, Coordinator, Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE).

Aging in Place: Love Living at Home

February 21, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Weill Hall - room TBD

Love Living at Home (LLH) is a new nonprofit in Tompkins County to support older people who want to remain at home as long as possible.  LLH follows a national model that seeks to improve access to services, increase socialization and civic engagement, and strengthen a sense of community among its participants.  These virtual retirement Villages are a consumer driven strategy to support successful aging at home. Home is not a place on a map - it is a gateway to relationships and resources for older adults who desire to live in the homes and neighborhoods they love.

Come find out more – Elena Flash will be discussing the ins and outs of this wonderful program.  Elena has 30 years of experience as an attorney for nonprofit, health care and long-term care organizations. She has worked with nonprofit organizations from formation to dissolution on corporate affairs, tax law, and regulatory and contract issues. Elena has extensive experience working with service providers in the long-term care industry.

Advances in Alzheimer's Research

alzheimers posterMarch 21, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Weill Hall - Room 226

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered a novel approach to increase brain blood flow in Alzheimer’s disease mice and showed that this leads to rapid improvements in memory function. These findings point to the important role brain blood flow disruptions play in dementia and may provide new therapeutic opportunities for Alzheimer’s disease patients. 


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It has been known for decades that blood flow to the brain is reduced by about one-third in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.  Permanent blood flow reductions this large likely contribute to the memory and cognitive problems associated with Alzheimer’s, but the cause of the blood flow impairment has remained unclear.

Recent studies in Alzheimer’s disease patients have suggested that brain blood flow decreases are one of the earliest detectible symptoms of the disease. If the same mechanisms the Cornell researchers identified in mice also plays a role in the blood flow deficit in humans, then therapies that prevent the adhesion of white blood cells in the brain could potentially improve memory function in humans and may slow the progression of cognitive problems in Alzheimer’s patients.  

Join us as the scientists in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell share their exciting research and create pathways to Alzheimer's therapies, and learn how you can play a part!

Finger Lakes Independence Center Demo Day

flic flyerMarch 27, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 pm

East Hill Office Building - Room 140

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Teri Reinemann and Amy Jo DeKoeyer will be coming on campus with 10-20 items from The Finger Lakes Independence Center “Try It Room” and “Loan Closet” programs. They will be sharing and demonstrating the top requested adaptive and assistive equipment that individuals use after surgery, for temporary disabilities, with aging challenges and for permanent disabilities.


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These programs are for individuals to learn what is available that can aid in daily living tasks and items that can help with vision, hearing and dexterity related needs. They will talk about their use and provide guidance on using equipment for safety, independence, injury prevention and comfort.

What items come to mind? A transport wheelchair, tub transfer bench, leg lift, alarms, grabber, magnifiers, CapTel phone, pocket talker, kitchen aids, and more! Come with questions, ideas and feel free to explore the items. Come and learn about their lending use practices and about FLIC’s programs and services.