Aging and Longevity Residency

painting of an upraised handWe are all in one way or another touched by issues associated with aging, whether we aspire to work with the aging population or we want to increase our own longevity and maintain a good quality of life as we age.

What do the numbers tell us about aging? The “older” population — individuals age 65 years and older — numbered 39.6 million in 2009 — or about 12 percent of the population, and that number will double by 2020. Whether you are a community and human services or human development student interested in working in the field of gerontology, a nursing student seeking new ways to assist patients, a caregiver pulled in many different directions, or someone who would like to learn more about the connections between vitality, aging and longevity, the Aging and Longevity Residency offers several exciting study options.

The common text for the residency is the best-selling book, “The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.” We also are pleased to show the documentary “Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania,” and host a discussion with the filmmakers. Students also will have the opportunity to listen to storytellers from the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s Speakers Series who will share stories of their vibrant, active life.

Join us for dynamic and engaging studies as we explore a topic that impacts us all.

About the Aging and Longevity Residency (PDF  817kB)

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What is a residency?

A residency is one of the four modes of study offered at SUNY Empire State College. This opportunity allows students to take courses using a blended model that combines face-to-face group meetings with an online or independent study component.  The studies offered at residencies focus on a specific topic or theme and, in some cases, fulfill general education requirements.

Fast Facts

The Individual, Local and Global Consequences of Living Longer


  • an interdisciplinary study combining online learning with one face-to-face weekend residency
  • a unique, alternative way to meet some of the general education requirements or fulfill concentration guidelines

Empire State College, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

January 2013 term, with a required two day residency, Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2013

Who to contact
Lori McCaffrey, residency coordinator
Phone: 518-783-6203, ext. 5944