January 2017
Age Friendly Initiative for Tompkins County

Ithaca and Tompkins County’s Age Friendly Action Plan was approved by AARP in January 2017.  The AARP Age Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort to help communities prepare for rapid population aging. The initiative is aimed at transforming the social and physical environment to support health and well-being for community members across the lifespan.  The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is spearheading local efforts together with multiple community partners.   The Age Friendly Ithaca and Tompkins County Action Plan includes 7 different areas of focus:

  • Outdoor spaces that respect people's needs and enable their use by residents;
  • Housing that ensures affordable and accessible options for older adults;
  • Programs that promote a culture of respect and inclusion for ethnic and cultural diversity as well as multigenerational interaction;
  • Access to information across cultural and technological divisions;
  • Community support and health services, including access to home care services, caregiver supports as well as wellness and active aging;
  • Transportation that is affordable and accessible

    You can view the Age Friendly plan on the Tompkins County Office for the Aging’s website at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/cofa, or click here. For more information about the Age Friendly initiative, contact the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 607-274-5482.

News and Upcoming Events
Plan Your Future!
Senior Living Expo
Saturday, March 11 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Ramada Ithaca Hotel and Conference Center,
2310 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 
Free event with over 30 housing and service providers.   

P resentations: 

Adaptive Equipment & Occupational Therapy (OT) Strategies for Mobility and Independence  1:30 & 2:30 p.m. with the Ithaca College OT Department

Ongoing Displays and 1:1 Consultations with Ithaca College OT, Finger Lakes Independence Center, and Full Spectrum Rehabilitation

Presented in partnership with the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. Financial support provided by Doyle Medical Monitoring. 
Aging Services Network Meetings


February 10, 2017 12:00 pm

Love Living at Home News and Updates with Executive Director,
Elena Flash

March 10, 2017           12:00 pm

Meet the new Foodnet Director, Jessica Gosa

All meetings held at the
Office for the Aging
214 W. Martin Luther
King Jr/State Street, Ithaca

Save the date!

Spring 2017
Powerful Tools for
Caregivers Classes

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational program designed to provide you with tools you need to take care of yourself.
Wednesdays, April 19 – May 24
  6:30-8:00 pm
at GIAC (Greater Ithaca
Activities Center)
301W. Court Street, Ithaca
Thursdays, May 4—June 8th
1:00-2:30 pm
at Kendal at Ithaca
2230 N. Triphammer Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Register as early as possible as class size is limited.  To register or inquire about the program, call the Tompkins County Office for the Aging:  607-274-5482

Aging in the News
  Telemarketing/ phone Scams
  Telemarketing/phone Scams

Perhaps the most common scheme is when scammers use fake telemarketing calls to prey on older people, who as a group make twice as many purchases over the phone than the national average. While the image of the lonely senior citizen with nobody to talk to may have something to do with this, it is far more likely that older people are more familiar with shopping over the phone, and therefore might not be fully aware of the risk.

With no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, these scams are incredibly hard to trace. Also, once a successful deal has been made, the buyer’s name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, sometimes defrauding the same person repeatedly.

Examples of telemarketing fraud include:

The Pigeon Drop:

The con artist tells the individual that he/she has found a large sum of money and is willing to split it if the person will make a good faithpayment by withdrawing funds from his/her bank account. Often, a second con artist is involved, posing as a lawyer, banker, or some other trustworthy stranger.

The Fake Accident Ploy:

The con artist gets the victim to wire or send money on the pretext that the person’s child or another relative is in the hospital and needs the money.

The Fake Charity Scam:

Money is solicited for fake charities. This often occurs after natural disasters.

If you suspect that you have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General's office at 607-251-2770.

Check out the Smart Senior publication on the Attorney General's Website:


Tompkins County Office for the Aging

Our mission is to assist older adults to remain independent in       their homes as long as is possible and appropriate, and with a    decent quality of life and human dignity.