According to the Administration on Aging, there are approximately 51 million people aged 65 years and older in the United States, and by 2060 that number will be 95 million. In addition to this growth in size, the older adult population is growing more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, marital status, living arrangements, income, education, employment, geographic distribution, health and physical functioning.
Our interdisciplinary program in Aging Studies is designed for those who want to gain knowledge about and pursue careers with America's fastest-growing population.
The Aging Studies program offers numerous opportunities for experiential learning in field placements, internships, service-learning projects, and at Longview, a residential facility for older adults near campus. In addition to completing courses in many departments at Ithaca College, Aging Studies majors collaborate on research, attend professional meetings, and receive mentoring from Gerontology faculty and staff members.
Aging Studies students combine the advantages of a small program with mentorship opportunities and resources available through the Gerontology Institute to explore multiple interests and take advantage of exciting opportunities.