Thinking Ahead

New program pairs volunteers with caregivers in need of respite


When Richard Donato, of Ithaca, heard about the opportunity to provide respite for a hardworking caregiver in Tompkins County, he jumped at the chance. “I have just been, for a long time, aware of how much quiet suffering there is all around us,” Donato said. “Not just around the world but right here in our own neighborhoods and in our […]

Know an outstanding older volunteer? Have advice for how the county could better serve its seniors? Office for the Aging wants to hear from you


The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is seeking community input in two ways this February. They are hosting a community forum in Ithaca on Feb. 6, and they are looking for nominations of outstanding volunteers. “This is for those volunteering who are age 60 and over, and folks who have really contributed to the community,” said Caryn Bullis, deputy […]

Medical provider shares expert tips for staying safe this winter


As we get into cold weather season, local emergency room workers are bracing themselves for the usual influx of winter-related injuries, and in the effort to educate the local aging population, Guthrie hosted an informational session where Dr. Jon Rittenberger, emergency department physician and chief medical officer at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, gave some tips for staying […]

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) Senior Program


The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) Senior Program, is open to individuals aged 60 and above. This social initiative is more than just a program; it’s a gateway to a world of enriching experiences, fostering connections, and creating a genuine sense of community. Program Coordinator Zack Nelson shared that the program currently has a membership of around 150 to 160 […]


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