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Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Partners for Regional Geriatric Education Initiative

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute is a partner institution in a three-year, $2.5 million grant received by the University of Rochester Medical Center that will create one of the region’s largest geriatric educational initiatives to date.

Serving both rural and urban communities in the 17-county area of New York’s Finger Lakes region, the initiative will focus on integrating geriatrics with primary care, educating caregivers and creating links with community-based supports and services.

The funds will support the creation of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, an education center that enhances care and improves health outcomes for older adults. The partnership is one of only 44 in the U.S. to be awarded funding for educational projects that respond to the needs of aging adults, leading to better care.  

The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute will lead the partnership in the delivery of training. Other partners include Lifespan of Rochester and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Association. 

“This grant will fund a variety of innovative learning opportunities for health care practitioners, students and caregivers that are designed to meet the unique needs of rural elders,” said Rhoda Meador, director of the Gerontology Institute.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our region to support the development of a health care workforce with the unique skills needed to care for an aging population,” said Dr. Thomas Caprio, associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and project director for the program.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

For more information, contact Rhoda Meador at rmeador@ithaca.edu.