Internships in Aging Project (IAP)
The Internships in Aging Project, initially funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, educates MSW students to work with older adults and their families. The project also encourages identification of service gaps and development of new social and healthcare services to older persons in the Capital District. The School of Social Welfare collaborates with agencies that provide services to older adults in the Capital District and rural northeastern region of NYS. Twelve to fourteen students complete internships in these agencies, providing more than 5000 hours of social services a year. Student projects have included training physicians to recognize signs of Alzheimer's Disease, developing guidelines for coordinated care in large hospital systems, innovative partnerships with primary care physicians, training staff to understand dementia in people with intellectual disabilities, and developing programming for older clients in substance abuse and mental health programs. . The project provides workshops and seminars for all MSW students and community members. Recent seminar topics include the elderly in prison, special needs of LGBT seniors and HIV/AIDS among older people. Consortium agencies have also increased their collaboration in service delivery and fundraising.
Anne E. (Ricky) Fortune, Ph.D.
School, college, division or unit: School of Social Welfare
Department or subunit: Center for Excellence in Aging Services
Department or subunit: Internships in Aging Project (IAP)
Partners: Partners: Albany County – NY Connects, Albany County Nursing Home, Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern NY Chapter, AARP, Bethlehem Senior Services, Catholic Charities, Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness, Centro Civico, Daughters of Sarah Senior Community, Ellis Medicine, Good Samaritan Village, Greene County Mental Health Center, Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley , Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFS), Montgomery County Office for Aging Inc., New York State Office for the Aging (SOFA) , New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Northeast Health (NEH), Schenectady ARC, Schenectady County Office for Aging, Senior Services of Albany, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Peter's Health Care Services, Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center, Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center (WMY).
Funders of the Project Include: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, New York State Government, United Way of NENY, Troy Savings Bank Foundation, the Schenectady Foundation, the Jewish Federation of NENY, Hudson-Mohawk AHEC, the Foundation for Long Term Care AmeriCorps ACES Grant, and the University at Albany. Agencies that provide funding for stipends for their students include the Veterans’ Administration, NYS Office for Aging, NYS Office for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, the Center for Excellence in Aging Services, AARP, and Greene County Mental Health. Individual donors including many alumni have contributed to the project or to one of several scholarships including the Susan Sherman Endowed Fund and the IAP Alumni Endowed Scholarship.