What is Gerontology?

Gerontology (also known as Aging Studies) is the physical, mental and sociological study of aging. It includes the study of changes in adults as they age, the ways that society changes with an aging population, and the ways we apply this information to programs and policies for older adults.

Gerontology is a diverse field with career opportunities in human services, government agencies, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care and long-term institutional care. Gerontologists serve as social workers, nursing aids, social scientists and healthcare managers, working with older adults or as advocates for the elderly. Nurses, occupational therapists, and other healthcare providers can also benefit from degrees in gerontology.

The Gerontology Institute Provides Students Unique Opportunities

The Aging Studies program is a component of the Gerontology Institute, which was established in 1992 to serve as a campus and community resource that promotes and supports research, curriculum development, community education, and community service activities. The Gerontology Institute manages the long-standing partnership with Longview, a local adult assisted and independent living community near the college. Each year move than 700 Ithaca College students and more than 65 faculty and staff engage in hundreds of intergenerational activities at Longview.