Gerontology Institute

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

Welcome to the website for the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute

We are a multi-faceted organization with many different types of academic and experiential learning opportunities to offer Ithaca College students.  Together, we are …

  • A nationally recognized academic Department of Gerontology offering an Aging Studies major and minor, with a focus on interdisciplinary student-centered experiential learning.  This Major has been named a Program of Merit, the highest educational honor from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and our Fieldwork in Gerontology course is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation by Assisted Living Today.
  • The Ithaca College/Longview Partnership, providing more than 100 intergenerational learning opportunities for more than 700 Ithaca College students every year.  We celebrate more than 40 years of vibrant collaboration with the nearby Longview senior living community. 
  • A center for aging-related programming, including our annual Distinguished Speaker lecture, conferences, workshops, films, talks, cross-campus and community collaborations for experiential learning, and more.
  • The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, a federally-funded center for Gerontology/Geriatrics education and research with outreach to Ithaca College and 25 neighboring counties in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY.  Our training focus is health literacy and cultural competence, palliative care, and trauma-informed elder care, especially for long-term care and end-of-life.
  • A new Center for Palliative Care whose mission is to promote and advance palliative care in rural communities through research, education and community development. Palliative care means enhanced healthcare for people with serious illness, at any stage and any age.

And that’s not all.  We teach, we write, we give scholarships, we do research, we organize, we throw intergenerational parties, we win national awards, and much more.

Aging Researchers Call for Inclusion, Justice, and Equality

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — joins in solidarity with the movement to condemn the entrenched racism undermining American society and promote equal rights for all.

The latest in a long history of terrible and senseless deaths of Black Americans serves as another reminder of the pervasive nature of racism in our culture and the profoundly negative impact that this has on people of color.

This is a public health crisis that must be addressed immediately. Minority groups represent the fastest growing segment of the older adult population. As a non-partisan, professional membership organization of experts in the aging field, GSA member scientists have thoroughly documented the racial health disparities experienced by people of color across the life course. These disparities extend to physical health, psychological health, and financial health. All members of society deserve the opportunity to live in safe environments and have access to quality health care.

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