Decker School of Nursing

Elder Services Center

What we do

The Elder Services Center helps families and other caregivers, as well as healthcare professionals, learn positive approaches to managing the problems associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. We work to preserve and enhance functional abilities and quality of life in patients with Alzheimer's disease, helping them maintain their independence in the community through medical care, counseling and education.

Alzheimer's disease: Alzheimer's is a disease in which physical changes in the brain cause problems in memory, thinking and behavior. These problems become worse as the disease progresses. Alzheimer's occurs most often in people over age 65, although it also appears in people in their 50s and 40s.

Clinical services

The center can provide a full, clinical patient evaluation, which includes: 

  • Consolidating past history
  • Testing mental status
  • Assessing mental, functional and environmental status
  • Assessing caregiver stress/coping
  • Case management
  • Student education

Community education services

Services available from the center's Alzheimer's Community Education Project include:

  • Development of training programs for volunteers, family members, professional special care providers, and home healthcare professionals to provide proper care for patients in the home
  • Training and recruitment of volunteers to provide in or out-of-home respite services to relieve over-burdened family members
  • Development and distribution of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders educational materials to inform the public about the disease and available community resources
  • Individually tailored educational materials for families
  • Training for long-term care staff and special care providers
  • Workshops and conferences for individuals caring for Alzheimer's patients

How to receive services

Contact the center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to get additional information about our services or to schedule an appointment. You may also wish to visit the Alzheimer's Association website for more information about the disease.

For clinical services:

Rene Conklin, clinic coordinator
607–777–6636

For educational services:

Education coordinator
607–777–6636

Last Updated: 2/28/17