Longview/IC Partnership

10 Year Anniversary--A Decade of Intergenerational Achievement

In the beginning...

  • The original Ithacare Center was created from a renovated Ithaca College dorm in 1974
  • IC faculty and students initiated recreational and research activities at Ithacare from 1974--1998
  • Ithacare approached the College in 1991 with a proposal for a joint initiative involving intergenerational programming and sharing of services in a new building
  • In 1992, Ithaca College donated 28 acres of land across from the campus for the new facility, Longview
  • Groundbreaking began in March 1997
  • Ithaca College had input into the design of 1,800 square feet of space dedicated for programmatic use. This space included two offices, and assessment room, and a classroom
  • Input was also solicited from faculty on course-related intergenerational actiavities
  • A Longivew/Ithaca College Planning Committee and an Operations Sub-committee were formed in July 1997 to address administrative issues
  • A Longview/Ithaca College Program Planning Sub-committee was formed in January 1998 to address procedures for planning and scheduling course-related and volunteer activities at Longview
  • An activity survey of current Ithacare and prospective Longview residents was conducted in March 1998

The vision...

To create a shared environment that provides members of the College and Longview communities with opportunities to engage in intergenerational social and educational experiences that enhance the quality of life.

  • Longview was completed in October 1998
  • The Longview/Ithaca College Coordinator was appointed in October 1998 and assisted with the move of the residents from Ithacare to the new Longview facility
  • New residents began to move into Longview apartments during winter/spring 1999
  • Ithaca College students assisted with the move and some residents spent moving day on campus
  • Programming of Intergenerational activities began in Spring 1999. Since that time, an average of 300 students and 25 faculty have participated in Longview related activities each semester

The reality...

  • Benefits for Residents
    • Learning
    • Personal development
    • Social interaction and integration at Longview and on campus
    • Personal relationships
    • Health and wellness
    • Build self esteem
  • Benefits for Students
    • Experiential learning
    • Understanding career options
    • Increased understanding of academic courses and their application to aging
    • Learning about aging and older adults
  • Benefits for Faculty
    • Enriched curriculum and teaching
    • Research and service opportunities
    • Multi and interdisciplinary teaching and research activities

The future...

Ithacare's "Special Care Residence"

  • Construction site work began in Fall 2008 for a new building to be attached to the existing Longview structure
  • The NYS Department of Health approved the building as an expansion of the existing adult home
  • The building is being built to nursing home standards with the intent to reapply at a later date for that level of certification
  • The expansion will provide more of a continuum of care for Longview residents, including dementia care and will add a new dimension to the existing partnership with Ithaca College
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