What is the Gerontology Institute?

Ithaca College established the Gerontology Institute in 1992 to serve as a campus and community resource that promotes and supports research, curriculum development, community education, and community service activities.

Our mission is to provide high quality education to students and professionals, empowering them to positively impact the lives of older people.

We offer programming for the public, as well as training for professionals in health and aging services through a number of collaborative, internally- and grant-funded initiatives.

The Institute also administers the Ithaca College Aging Studies major and minor for undergraduates and the Longview Partnership. Our students benefit from experiential learning opportunities and a close knit group of faculty and staff who are passionate about the work they do. 

A message from the director

Dear Friends-

As I’m sure you all know by now, older adults are at higher risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus. And you’ve heard that you should stay home, wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others, and call your doctor if you develop symptoms. We’re sharing this video from the Centers for Disease Control so you can hear from an expert why these things are so important for older adults.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be expanding our website resources and working with local, regional and campus partners on solutions to combat social isolation. We’re all feeling it these days, but it can be especially difficult if you live alone. We are planning projects and activities that will connect people virtually and by telephone. If you have ideas or want to let us know what is working for you now, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. 

At the Geronotology Institute, all of our work is geared toward understanding, supporting and respecting the aging process. We educate those who work with the aging now and those who are entering the field. We are all humans, aging together, and together we will get through this uncertain time by supporting one another as best we can.

Be safe and be well,

Barbara Ganzel, Director

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