Current Research

Are the communities in Western New York meeting the mental health needs of our elderly?

The purpose of our current research  is to examine whether there has been an increase in the willingness of rural older Americans to use mental health services compared to previous data, whether the older adults in our community are getting access to needed mental health services, and how mental health services can be improved to meet the needs of the rural elderly.

If you are interested, there are several ways to participate in this survey.:

1. Click here and complete the survey electronically:

2. Download a paper version from this link. 
Utilization Study IV (003) Questionnaire – 6-5-18 
You can print and complete it, and then mail it to:
Dr. Gagne
Science Center 424
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred University
Alfred, NY  14802

Or drop it off at any of our collection locations:

  • Alfred:  Union University Church, Alfred University Science Center (4th Floor)
  • Belmont:  American Legion, Allegany Office for the Aging
  •  Bolivar:  Fire Hall
  •  Canaseraga:  Fire Hall
  • Cuba:  AA Arnold community Center
  • Fillmore:  Fire Hall
  • Friendship:  Community Center
  • Wellsville:  Grace United Church, Ardent Solutions
  • Whitesville:  Fire Hall

3. Request a survey
Send an e-mail to: Summer Markajani at

Please type in “request a survey” with your contact information.  We can mail a survey to you with a postage-paid return envelope.

Why participate?
– To make the community better

– You will have an option to be entered into one of two drawings for a $250.00 prize;

Early bird: For those who respond by October 1, 2018

Regular: For those who respond between October 2, 2018 and May 1, 2019.

A World Going Gray…

Our world population is aging, with the number of individuals over the age of 60 projected to double by 2050.   In America, 1 out of every 5 people will be over age 65.

This makes gerontology, or the study of aging, one of the fastest growing job markets. As the “Baby Boom” generation retires, there will be an increased demand for professionals in a variety of fields who understand issues related to the aging process.

The Gerontology Program provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary curriculum in adult development and aging that prepares undergraduates for advanced studies or a career in aging.

Both the major and minor in gerontology provide for the application of classroom knowledge to real-life situations through a supervised internship. Participating faculty members are drawn from the Psychology, Biology, Sociology and Political Science divisions.