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National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Some Guidelines for Staying Safe Online
In recognition of October’s role as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, keep the following in mind when going online.

Cyber criminals often pretend to be people or organizations you might trust. Don't reveal any personal information online unless you're absolutely sure you know who you're interacting with. Personal information that can be pieced together to steal identities, money, or credit include your name, address, age, phone number, birthday, email address, social security number, insurance policy, or even your doctor’s name. For this same reason, be wary of emails or websites that offer “free” gifts, prizes, or vacations in exchange for your information.
When using sites involving purchases or online banking, look carefully to determine whether the address for it begins with “https://”, and you can also look for a padlock icon to indicate the site is secure. Typing a website’s address into the URL bar at the top of your browser, rather than running a search or clicking a link, guarantees you’ll arrive at the legitimate site.
Be very cautious when using anything public to go online, like a computer at a public library or coffee shop Wi-Fi. Criminals sometimes take advantage of the open nature of these to track the activities of people who use them.
If you shop online, use a credit card for online purchases and check your credit card statements as often as possible. Credit cards have some protections that debit cards do not, such as the ability to question unusual charges.

Information provided by Cornell IT Communications.
Identity Theft Protection
Check out information on Cornell's Identity Theft page
Protect your personal identity and financial information by taking these steps:
1. Freeze your credit report to prevent attackers from obtaining credit histories and opening new lines of credit:
2. Create your online Social Security account -- regardless of your age or retirement eligibility -- to prevent attackers from doing so:
If you already have an account, regularly review your statements and be alert for benefits activity you didn’t initiate.
3. If you aren’t already using Cornell’s Two-Step Login service, sign up and then choose the option to expand where you use it:  
4. Be suspicious of ALL phone calls and emails that request personal information or threaten that you'll lose access to something if you don't log in or respond. If you think it might be real, look up the company's contact information and ask. For more tips to spot fraudulent emails, visit:  
FYI: Important Information
Endowed Open Enrollment Period: October 23 - November 10
Endowed Retirees REMINDER!
You should have received information from Aetna about the 2018 health rates, plan changes and the open enrollment period.  The open enrollment period runs October 23 - November 10, 2017 .
Important :  No action is needed if you wish to remain enrolled in your current Aetna health plan for 2018. If you have questions, please call Aetna’s Retiree Service Center at 1-800-338-4533 (TTY: 711) .
CRA Notes ...
Retirees Rock Lynah Rink!

Over 75 Cornell retirees and guests attended a pre-game party at the Hall of Fame Room on October 15 featuring good food and good company before the Cornell men's hockey game. Retirees came with family members: spouses, parents, children, and grandchildren. Multi-generations were represented and many retirees spoke of their connections to Cornell, far beyond their employment. Some had children/grandchildren who were Cornell graduates, some had children who played hockey, others had grandparents who graduated in the 1930s. Cornellians through and through.

Vice President for Human Resources Mary Opperman praised retirees for their many years of dedicated service. In total, this group represented over 1,400 years of service at Cornell – tremendous! Thank you! Thank you!

Retiree Arthur Mintz '71, current sports announcer for Big Red football and hockey, talked briefly about one of his retirement projects, "Forever Faithful" – a book authored by classmate Jim Roberts '71, with assistance from Mintz. The book celebrates Cornell hockey over the years and recalls "some of the greatest moments in the history of skates, sticks and pucks on East Hill..." See Cornell Chronicle article for information.

Other festivities of the afternoon included the Cornell Pep Band playing on the terrace and a visit by a few current players who were on hand to answer questions. A couple of former players—from both the women's and men's teams, now Cornell retirees, were in the audience.

The weather was beautiful, unseasonably warm—80 and sunny on a gorgeous fall day in Ithaca. Retirees enjoyed appetizers while watching the men's JV football team playing on Schoellkopf Field.

It was a little cooler inside as retirees entered the hockey rink for the game, armed with pom poms and foam fingers. Cornell was leading and almost had the game won, until the last 43 seconds of the third period when the University of Ottawa scored a goal to tie it up. It ended as a 2-2 tie in overtime—a little disappointing for Big Red fans, but a good time was had by all!
In Memoriam - June Niblock

June Niblock passed away peacefully on October 7, 2017, following a long illness. June lived her life gracefully. She believed in fairness and giving others the benefit of the doubt. June retired in 1998 from ILR and was the executive assistant to four Deans during her tenure.
With nearly two decades of service after “retirement,” June was the longest serving officer on the Cornell Retirees Association (CRA) Board. June joined the CRA Board in 1998 and was soon elected to an officer position: Secretary. Her organizational and shorthand skills were a good fit. She also served as Treasurer for a few years. While on the CRA Board, June served as liaison to Ithaca's former RSVP chapter (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). In addition to CRA, June served as Secretary for many years on the Steering Committee of the Cornell Retirees Volunteering in Schools (CRVIS) program.
Not one to want a lot of attention, June went about her secretarial duties very faithfully, humbly, and unassuming. She rarely missed a meeting until her recent illness. That's a lot of meeting minutes! She adorned her minutes and board member lists with cute graphics and also proofread the retiree newsletters, finding a few mistakes that my "eagle eye" missed.
In 2008, Cornell Human Resources presented June with a certificate of recognition for 10 years of dedicated "volunteer" service to CRA and CRVIS.
In addition to her adept shorthand and minute-taking, June graciously manned the nametag/registration table at all CRA Luncheons and BBQs. She was the first smiling face that people saw. If someone was missing a nametag, she was on it. June knew many people and enjoyed greeting familiar faces and chit-chatting as people arrived.
"June was devoted to her work with CRA and CRVIS, and was extremely reliable in attendance and accuracy with the minutes," remarked Jeanette Miller, former CRA President. "June was one of the most 'unforgettable' people I have ever known." Jeanette recalls that if someone were sick, June would come to the board meeting with a cute card with many pictures and graphics she designed and printed on her home computer. This brightened up the recipient, who was most appreciative of June's thoughtfulness.
June often asked about my children and how they were doing in school and sports. We shared many a sports story—good and bad. June excitedly talked about attending games (locally and out-of-town) and watching her nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and nieces. She spoke proudly of her children and their careers and activities. She loved her family dearly.
Not just a "retiree" or member of the board, June was a friend. I'm sure she is up in Heaven taking minutes at the “ultimate” board meeting and adding pictures and graphics to spruce things up!
Thank you June for all you did for Cornell, CRA, and CRVIS, and for keeping us organized for so many years. Thank you for being a friend and sharing your life and talents with us. We will miss you! Rest in peace my dear friend! 

Written by Kathee Shaff, CRA Program Coordinator.

Below: June at a CRA Board meeting taking notes.
EA News and Views
EA Meeting Report - 10/18/17
Report from Cornell Retirees Employee Assembly Representatives Peggy Andersen and Hurf Sheldon
Gordon Barger, Director of Cornell Benefits and Administration, gave a briefing on the Benefit Plan structure and costs that was very informative. 
Paul Streeter, Vice President for Budget and Planning, presented an overview of a five- year plan for the University. The welcome news is that limited growth is foreseen vs the previous 5 years of deficit operations. This bodes well for the entire Cornell community.
The EA elected several new officers. All are outstanding people with great insight and vision for the future of employment at Cornell. Many had good suggestions regarding training opportunities, campus accessibility issues for employees, and interaction with other employees in different spheres of Cornell operations. We have made suggestions that "planning for retirement" be introduced from day one of Cornell employment.
Hurf attended an EA Transportation Task Force meeting chaired by Kristine Mahoney, in which University Transportation Representatives discussed the forthcoming Transportation at Cornell Study. We were able to suggest that retirees be included in the survey. This will lead to a comprehensive transportation plan for the Ithaca campus.
Please contact Peggy or Hurf via the CRA email with comments or questions.
Campus Events & Activities
Cornell Town-Gown Resource Fair - October 27
Members of the Cornell Retirees Association are invited to attend the upcoming Cornell Town-Gown Resource Fair, Friday, 10/27, 8:30-11 am, TST BOCES, 555 Warren Road, Ithaca.

Sponsored by the Cornell Office of Community Relations, this  event brings together representatives of higher education outreach and engagement initiatives with representatives from area municipalities, non-profits, school districts and other community groups. The Resource Fair supports networking and collaboration between campus and community. In addition to CU programs and departments, we will be joined by colleagues from IC and TC3. This event is free and open to the public! Please email Kate Supron with questions.
Johnson Museum of Art - Rembrandt Symposium - October 28
Symposium: Learning & Teaching with Rembrandt
Saturday, October 28, 10AM-6PM
This symposium will examine collaborative research in academic, curatorial, and conservation fields, and how that extends existing knowledge about Rembrandt's practice. Visit our website for the complete schedule . Spaces are still available and registration is free. Contact Elizabeth Saggese  at 607 254-4642. The symposium will be livestreamed at  

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings
Now through December 17
More than sixty etchings from the collections of Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Syracuse, and Yale Universities, Oberlin and Vassar Colleges, the University of Kansas, the Morgan Library & Museum, and private collections will feature portraits and self-portraits, genre scenes, religious narratives, landscapes, study plates, and more.
Cornell Witchcraft Collection Exhibition Opens on Halloween
The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections
A new library exhibition offers a rare glimpse of the  Cornell Witchcraft Collection , featuring some of the earliest known writings on witches as well as 21st-century witchcraft movie posters to illustrate how popular views on witches have evolved over 500 years.

October 31, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Level 2b, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University
“The World Bewitch’d” offers a rare glimpse of the treasures of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection, established by Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, and now the largest in North America with more than 3,000 items. 
Co-curators will be on hand from 3-4pm to talk about the exhibition. “The World Bewitch’d” will be on view from October 31, 2017 to August 31, 2018. For information, call 607/255-3530 or visit online .
Cornell Botanic Gardens - A Taste of Harvest November 4
Date/time : Saturday, November 4; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Cost:  $50 ($45 for  Members
Location:  Nevin Welcome Center
Pre-registration  is required. 
Join us for a sampling of this summer’s garden bounty—along with some outstanding local ciders! Herbs and vegetables harvested from our gardens will be featured in an array of tapas-style dishes prepared by Chef Tim Oltz of Cornell Catering, and paired with ciders crafted by Eric Shatt of  Redbyrd Orchard . We’ll discuss some simple methods for harvesting and preserving herbs and garden vegetables, as well as the basics of apple harvesting and cider production. Recipes will be provided. Participants must be 21 or older and be prepared to show proof of age.

2017 Cornell Botanic Garden Fall Lecture Series - Last Lecture - Nov 8
 Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m; Adapt and Thrive: Creatively Living in a Climate Changed World ; Alizé Carrère , National Geographic Explorer & Cultural Ecologist; Statler Hall Auditorium
Lab of Ornithology - 50 Years of Wildlife Art
When: November 6, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Where : Cornell Lab of Ornithology auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca
TItle: Arthur Singer: 50 Years of Wildlife Art
Speakers : Paul and Alan Singer
Join Paul and Alan Singer, sons of prolific wildlife artist Arthur Singer for a special evening commemorating the talent and work of their father. First, Paul Singer will provide a look at the wildlife art of Arthur Singer from 1934 until his death in 1990. Then, Alan Singer, Arthur’s illustration assistant on a variety of projects including revisions to the Field Guide to Birds of North America and the US Postal Stamp commemoratives, will share his observations on Arthur's working methods and approach to illustration and painting.
The talk will be followed by a book signing and a companion exhibit of Singer’s work will be on display in the auditorium through February 2018.
Admission: Free Contact : (800) 843-2473,
Cornell Health Offers FREE Flu Shots to Retirees
Getting vaccinated each year is one of the best ways to protect yourself – and others – against  seasonal influenza . Cornell Health, formerly Gannett Health Services, provides flu shots (both regular dose, and high dose for those age 65+) and FluMist nasal spray (when available). [ learn more about flu vaccines ]

Flu shots are provided free of charge to Cornell retirees! Please see complete clinic schedule . Fall Flu Vaccine Clinics:
  • Friday, October 27; 11am 4pm, Robert Purcell Community Center
  • Thursday, November 2; 9am – 12pm, Lab of Ornithology, Staff Lounge
  • Tuesday, November 7; 9am – 3pm, Biotech Benefair
  • Tuesday, December 5, 10am – 12pm, Geneva Benefits Fair, Jordan Hall, 2nd floor
Halloween Happenings! October 31
Tuesday, October 31
11:30 to 1:00 pm
104 Willard Straight Hall (Cornell Cinema)

Get your costume ready for this year’s Cornell Recreation Connection's Halloween Happenings.
Pizza and cake donated by Cornell Dining!
Prizes for most original, funniest, scariest and best group/department!
Spend a Saturday in NYC on November 11
Sponsored by Cornell Recreation Connection
The next trip is scheduled for Dec. 9. Sign up early as these trips fill up fast! Discounted fare is $54/person for Cornell Employees and Retirees and up to 4 guests. Contact Swarthout Coaches to make a reservation. Payment is due at the time of reservation.

Itinerary for “Day on Your Own in NYC” bus trips
  • 6:30 am - leave Cornell’s B-Lot (must have boarding pass to board the bus)
  • 11:30 am - arrive in NYC with stops at Bryant Park & Macys (34th Street/7th Ave)
  • Bus leaves Bryant Park ONLY at 8:00 pm sharp returning to Cornell at ~12:30 am
CAPE Lecture Series Continues for Fall 2017
November 16th , Thursday, BTI Auditorium, 10:30-11:30am, Civic Ensemble, “Climates of Change” - A collaborative project between Civic Ensemble and Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts, sponsored by Engaged Cornell. Civic Ensemble is organizing Story Circles throughout the area with community members, students, scientists, and artists. A Story Circle is an opportunity to share your stories, what you have personally experienced in your home, work, and elsewhere. These stories (with your permission) will become part of a play, featuring both students and community members, to be performed in December. This original work will be the culmination of the Theatre and Social Change course offered at Cornell University this semester, co-taught by Civic Ensemble and CU’s Department of Performing and Media Arts, in collaboration with Cornell Climatologist Toby Ault, funded by Engaged Cornell.
December 12th (Tuesday!), Chris Schaffer, BTI Auditorium, 10:30-11:30am
CAU Invites You to NYC in Spring 2018!
New York, NY: A Spring Theater Weekend with Glenn Altschuler, April 20–22, 2018
See three of the best new plays on or off Broadway in the lively company of Cornell's Adult University (CAU) superstar Glenn Altschuler, whose understanding of contemporary American theater will illuminate our experience and deepen our appreciation of each production. We'll begin with an afternoon session at the Cornell Club, followed by dinner and an evening performance. On the following two days, we'll meet in the morning for a lecture and discussion, enjoy lunch together, and attend a Saturday evening performance and a Sunday matinee. The program fee includes everything but hotel, Saturday dinner, and breakfasts—so make reservations at the Cornell Club if you're a member, or choose a hotel, a friend's couch, or your very own bed. Reserve your space with a deposit, make final payment for the program after Glenn selects the plays, and then join us as we immerse ourselves in the liveliest of the arts in spirited New York.

For more information and to register . Registration deadline: 01/19/2018. Program fee: $1,720 per person.
Cornell Dairy Co-op Offers Discounts to Members
The Cornell Dairy Cooperative, started in fall 2016, provides a new way to buy dairy favorites without a stop at a campus store or dining hall. The co-op provides a fresh, convenient way to get ice cream, milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products made on campus at wholesale prices. Here’s how it works: A $15 lifetime membership gives Cornell community members access to a weekly email and order form. Members place their orders by Tuesday and pick up their prepared packages Thursday 2-6 p.m. at Stocking Hall. There’s no weekly commitment or minimum order, and membership comes with an insulated bag to keep products cold on the drive home. As a perk to belonging to the cooperative, members get access to discounted prices compared to what’s charged at campus stores. See Cornell Chronicle article . The cooperative accepts cash, check or credit card. To sign up, visit the co-op page on the Department of Food Science website , stop by the Cornell Dairy office at Stocking Hall, Room 180, or call 607-255-2888.
Wellness News
Healthy Living Program - Fitness Testing
November 15, 9:00-10:30 AM, Helen Newman Hall gymnasium and dance studio

One of the great benefits Cornell Wellness offers our Wellness Recreation Members is physical fitness testing in a group setting for older adults. This group test follows the Fullerton Functional Fitness Test protocols as well as the NASM Squat Assessment, Trunk Rotation, and Reach Test. The tests are well-researched, recognized internationally, and provide a picture of the overall strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, balance, and posture of adults aged 60 years old and up. Cornell Wellness believes in the social benefits of exercise and provides the testing in a group atmosphere that is non-competitive and fun. You must have a current Wellness Recreational Membership to participate. Visit the website or contact Keri Johnson  at (607) 255-3886.
Job Opportunities
Part-time Copy Editor Position
Dr. Kraig Adler, Professor of Biology Emeritus, is seeking to hire a part-time copy editor and layout designer for books he edits for the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR). Dr. Adler is currently working on two books with the possibility of more in the queue. These are cloth-bound volumes mainly for academic libraries and specialists who are biologists who use amphibians and reptiles in their research. SSAR is a 60-year-old, international organization based in the USA. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Adler at 277–0737.
Part-time, afternoons or evenings, 4 to 6 hours per week, salary competitive. 
Scope of work: Perform layout of scientific books and publications, along with occasional posters and advertisements for conferences. Will be working for a non-profit scientific society, but under Prof. Adler’s supervision.
Casual Paid Positions: Athletics Game Day Staff
Game Day positions include:
  • Ticket Seller - Working knowledge of computers and experience in handling money. Physical requirements include standing for 4-5 hours at a time, both indoors and outdoors. Background check required.
  • Usher/Ticket Taker - Assist guests at athletic events by: collecting/scanning admission tickets or passes from guests, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and locating such facilities as rest rooms and concessions.
  • Parking Attendant - Responsible for taking payments for vehicles as they enter parking facility, verify guests with pre-purchased passes, and directing guests towards paid parking alternatives.

Click here f or more information or call the Ticketing Office, 607-255-4247.
Volunteer Opportunities
Sciencenter- Volunteers Needed, Training on Nov 4
We have some wonderful volunteer opportunities for retirees looking to work with our wonderful community. Are you looking to give back to your community in a rewarding and meaningful way? Sciencenter volunteers enjoy working flexible hours in an energetic, family-friendly environment. Volunteers receive full orientation and training. The Sciencenter welcomes volunteers regardless of whether they’re science aficionados or not. If you have an upbeat and positive attitude, strong oral communication skills, and a passion for learning and teaching, then consider applying to become a Sciencenter volunteer today! Minimum of 6hrs/month.Training and orientations are held monthly. The next training and orientation session will be held on: Saturday, November 4 from 2 – 4 pm. Visit our website to see how you can Get Involved. Contact Judy Ammack , Volunteer Manager, at 607-272-0600 x110. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Join the Team of Volunteers at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!  In addition to many free or low-cost classes, CCE offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities that may correspond to your interests. Through duties as diverse as teaching others to prune trees or make compost, answering callers' questions on consumer or gardening issues, mentoring young people as they acquire new skills, or serving as board members or on committees that guide our work, volunteers represent Extension's far-reaching roots in our community. Check out volunteer opportunities on our website  and consider joining our team today!
Cancer Resource Center (CRC) Seeks Financial Advocates
Want to volunteer, but need flexible hours?  We have a job for you! Seeking Financial   Advocates to help our clients sort through medical bills, manage complex insurance issues, complete applications, connect with resources, etc. Advocates gather monthly to discuss cases and receive specialized training. No experience necessary. Contact Sharon Kaplan for information, 607-277-0960 .
Community News
The History Center - Cornell University Press Partnership
The History Center in Tompkins County and Cornell University Press are pleased to announce the start of a new partnership. The two esteemed Ithaca-based organizations will actively cooperate to bring the best local and regional history and authors to Ithaca.

This collaboration will primarily take the shape of talks and events from authors published by Cornell University Press held at The History Center on E. State / E. MLK Street. There will also be opportunities to highlight new themes in documenting history. The series of events, "CUP Talks," will be open to the public and are intended to generate interest in local history. Cornell University Press marketing director Martyn Beeny said, "we are excited to be partnering with Rod Howe and The History Center. The work they do is important and stimulating and we believe the books we publish tie in perfectly to the center's mission."

The first event in the new CUP Talks will be held November 11 at 2:00pm. The talk features a variety of panelists with local connections, including Robert J. Mrazek, author of the new novel, And the Sparrow Fell , published by Cornell University Press. 

For more information on CUP Talks contact The History Center in Tompkins County at (607) 273-8284 or visit .
Funding Available for Home Accessibility Modifications
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, through an Access to Home Grant from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, provides accessibility modifications for homeowners with disabilities and for those who are frail or elderly and are encountering difficulties with activities of daily living. It provides home modifications to the physical environment that will allow residents to maintain their independence and age in place in a healthy, comfortable and safe home. This may include wheelchair ramps, stair and platform lifts, accessible showers with grab bars and seats, widening doorways for wheelchairs, e asy-to-reach work and storage areas and other kitchen modifications, relocating bathrooms and more . Contact Patrick Mitchell, 277-4500 ext. 216 for information.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Events - Sign Up Now!
For workshop details, including cost/registration, visit:

AARP “Smart Driver” 2-Day Course
Monday & Tuesday October 30 & 31, 9:00 am-12:30 pm (both days required.)
Next session is: Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 21 & 22, 12:30-4:00pm both days.
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Cost: $20/AARP members, $25/non-members payable at the first class by check or money order, payable to AARP.
Way2Go, in partnership with AARP, offers the nationally recognized “Smart Driver” workshop . Participants must attend BOTH sessions and must bring their driver’s license and AARP card (if a member) to class. Course participants receive a three-year insurance discount for completing the course and can reduce up to four violation points on their driver’s license. Suitable for drivers of all ages. Questions? Contact: Norma Gutierrez, , (607) 272-2292 ext. 162 (Voicemail #248).

Other upcoming workshops include:

Vote for Worms Composting Class
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn how worms can make fast, rich compost for your garden while disposing of your food scraps. Take home the bin, a starter population of worms, and the knowledge to tend to your new pets. Space is limited. $10 per household. Register early, space is limited! R egister online or call 272-2292 to register by phone.

6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
  • Daily; Nov 6-18; 8am - 5pm (check online for specifics)
  • CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST!   Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the  dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18 . For more information, contact Adam Michaelides at 272-2292 x 124. 

Winterizing Your Garden
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The key to GREAT Spring gardening is good fall preparation! Learn how to prepare and protect your soil from winter cold and spring rains, and how to ensure optimal nutrition and soil tilth for great gardening the rest of the year. Fee: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, no one will be turned away. Register online or call 272-2292.
Planning for End of Life - October 28 - Free Community Event
Talking about death won’t kill you - it can help you make informed decisions about end-of-life plans for yourself and others.   Many people die in ways inconsistent with their values and wishes. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to think about and communicate what you do and don’t want at the end of life. Join us— Saturday, October 28, 2:00-4:00 pm, The Space@Greenstar, 700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca (enter on Court St. at Fulton) —to develop the practical know-how needed to plan well for the end of life.
Staff from local organizations can help you explore: 
  • advance directives: health care proxies & living wills
  • accessing palliative care
  • Alzheimer’s resources
  • hospice care
  • organ donation
  • funeral planning and how to control costs
  • green burial

The format is open, so you can drop by for a few minutes or stay for two hours.
Alzheimer's Basics Workshop - October 30 - Free
A free workshop titled "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease" will be held Monday, October 30, 12:00-1:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca. It is open to anyone concerned about a relative or friend with memory impairment.Staff from the Alzheimer's Association will discuss the difference between normal aging and dementia, explore how the brain works, go through the different stages of Alzheimer's disease, and give an overview of the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association. Staff from the Office for the Aging will also be present to share information about other local programs and services to support families caring for loved ones with dementia. Preregistration is recommended. Bring your brown bag lunch if you wish. Beverages provided. To register, call Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 274-5492 or email For information: .     T
Lifelong Offers Free Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics
Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics at Lifelong
It’s Medicare Open Enrollment Time! This is your opportunity to ask questions about Medicare, Extra Help, Medigap, EPIC and other health insurance topics. Come down to Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, where you can meet with certified HIICAP counselors for FREE one-to-one health insurance counseling on the following dates:
  • 10/31, 2:00-4:00
  • 11/8, 12:00-2:00
  • 11/15, 12:00-2:00
  • 11/28, 10:00-12:00
  • 12/5, 10:00-12:00
It is helpful to bring along a list of prescriptions, your Medicare card or any other health insurance cards or information and documentation of monthly or annual income
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