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Institute for Caregivers (I Care)





The Onondaga County Office for Aging’s Institute for Caregivers (I Care) supports and empowers current and future caregivers through education and training. This mission is met by providing caregivers with the information and skills they need to make wise decisions regarding their own needs and the ever-changing needs of those that they care for.


About the Institute

The Institute for Caregivers provides education and training broad enough to pertain to various illnesses and disabilities but comprehensive enough to provide many tools. The Institute is sponsored by Onondaga County Office for Aging.


Class Videos to Watch

The very nature of giving care to a loved one means that time is both precious and not available in large quantities. For that reason, some of our classes are recorded for convenient viewing and playback.

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to access our library of class videos.


Upcoming Classes:


Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia' with 'New Advances in Alzheimer's Treatment' 
Date & Time: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 5:30-6:45pm
Location: Liverpool Public Library |  310 Tulip Street Liverpool, NY 13088

Presented by: Alzheimer's Association, Central NY Chapter Staff.

Class Description: This program covers the basics of Alzheimer's and dementia, explores their relationship, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer's, details the risk factors and three general stages of the disease, identifies FDA-approved treatments available for symptom management, looks ahead to what's on the horizon for Alzheimer's research, and offers helpful Alzheimer's Association resources ♦ ♦ New Advances in Alzheimer's Treatments: Learn about Aducanumab, a new advancement in Alzheimer's treatment. This program will provide an overview of how Aducanumad works, who are the intended candidates to receive the treatment, availability, and more. 






Navigating Senior Housing Options & Transitions: Who Can Help?

Location: Liverpool Public Library Carmen Community Room
                  310 Tulip Street Liverpool, NY 13088
Date: Tuesday April 23rd, 2024
Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Presented by:
  • Lindsay Kratzer, MS, CMC, CDP, CRTS
    Owner and founder of Reflections Management & Care
  • Julie Lewinski, OTD, OTR/L, CSA, CFPS, CDCS
    Owner of CarePatrol of Rochester and Syracuse
Class Description: This class is designed to help seniors or caregivers who are considering, anticipating or preparing for a future move to senior housing. Available housing options including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing facilities will be defined while exploring supports that are available from qualified professionals in the community that help with everyday issues.  All aspects care transitions will be explored from understanding long-term care options, to identifying appropriate housing and helping to organize the practical and logistical aspects of the move.

Elements of the program include understanding how a Care manager can help with:
•     Understand the different levels of care available
•     Defining criteria for each of type of living situation: is it right for you or your loved one?
•     Accompanying visits to facilities, meeting staff
•     Answering questions you or your loved one may have
•     Senior Care Advocacy


Office for Aging
421 Montgomery Street
10th Floor Civic Center Syracuse, New York 13202



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