Meet an Aging Studies Minor

An Interview with Emily Laino, ’17

Emily Laino is a senior Health Care Management major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, with a minor in Aging Studies.

Where do you currently work and what are your primary job functions?
Emily is a senior health care management major with minors in business and aging studies. She has an interest in long-term care and is currently the intern for the executive director of Longview in Ithaca, NY. She also has an internship lined up with the CFO of Kendal at Ithaca for the Spring of 2017. While being a full-time student, she also works as an office assistant at the Gerontology Institute where she has helped with the State Society on Aging conference and worked on a variety of internal projects.

Briefly describe your post-graduation plans.
After graduation she plans to work in long-term care whether it be in management or finances. She wants to gain some real world experience in long-term care and then decide what she wants to go to graduate school. Currently, she plans to work for several years and then go for her Masters in Health Administration.

What was your best experience with the Gerontology Institute/Aging Studies?
Her best experience with the Gerontology Institute has been the amazing faculty and staff she has had the pleasure of working with and being taught by. She has taken many aging studies courses for her minor and really enjoyed the discussions and content of each and every one of them.

Why should students consider a major or minor in gerontology?
Students should consider gerontology as a major or minor because aging is an inevitable part of life. There is so much going on in politics in regards to Medicare and Social Security which will have an effect on older adults. Understanding issues in aging across the disciplines is highly important in her opinion and will benefit all people in many facets of life both personally and professionally.

What has been your favorite experience working with older adults?
For her fieldwork in gerontology she went to Longview for about 8 hours a week and was paired with one of the residents who was in assisted living. Her name was Lucille Tompkins and they spent one day a week together talking, crocheting, and eating lunch together. Lucille taught her how to crochet hats because she crocheted baby hats for newborns at Cayuga Medical Center. Emily’s time spent with Lucille was very memorable and one of her favorite experiences she’s had with an older adult.

What is one piece of advice you would offer current gerontology majors/minors?
As a senior gerontology minor she would advise other students to e-mail the gerontology faculty members to inquire about the content of the courses that are being offered to decide which classes sound the most interesting. She found that the four years of college pass by very quickly and it is important to really invest yourself in the classes you find most intriguing.

Emily Laino and Dr Bill Thomas at the SSANY Conference in October 2016