Ithaca College Aging Studies Course Named One of the Country's Best

ITHACA, NY — “Assisted Living Today,” a provider of senior care news and information, has named Ithaca College’s Fieldwork in Gerontology course one of the country’s top 20 college courses for geriatrics and senior care. The editorial staff based its decision on research conducted by “Assisted Living Today” as well as metrics from several educational resources. According to the editors, “Fieldwork in Gerontology gives students a well-rounded look at the field of gerontology and senior care.”

“Students shouldn’t learn about the aging process just from faculty in the classroom,” said Mary Ann Erickson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Aging Studies. “This course gives our students an in-depth opportunity to learn directly from elders. This kind of experiential learning provides students with personal as well as professional growth, which is the mission of Ithaca College.”

Under professional supervision, students taking Fieldwork in Gerontology engage in work and direct service activities with elders. In addition, an integrated series of seminars provides students with the context to better understand the needs of the community-based elderly as well as the local, state and national resources needed to meet those needs.

Offered through the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, Fieldwork in Gerontology is part of Ithaca College’s Aging Studies major, an interdisciplinary program designed for students planning careers with America’s fastest growing population.

“We are gratified to receive this recognition of our academic program, which we believe prepares students to thrive in a world whose population is rapidly aging,” said Rhoda Meador, director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute.

For more information, contact Keith Davis, assistant director of media relations, at or (607) 274-1153.