The Aging Studies program is an undervalued and misunderstood program at Ithaca for many of the reasons
She said she believes ageism is something that deters students from majoring or minoring in aging studies.
“There’s, I guess I have to call it an ‘ick factor,’” Erickson said.
Age On Stage, an intergenerational project founded by Ithaca College associate professor Elizabeth Bergman, brings students and older adults together through plays written by Titus Towers resident, Jim Tyler.
Women make up the majority of students at Ithaca College and tend to dominate care-related and media majors at the college and in the workforce. However, some students and experts agree that this majority can cause negative stereotypes and implications for female workers.
On Oct. 29, Ithaca College celebrated its 15-year partnership with Longview. The program helps bridge the gap between students and older generations.