USM Aging Initiative

February 2018

What We've Been Doing

Steering Committee Meetings
In February, the Steering Committee met to discuss the Aging Symposium and an Aging Initiative website. The February 2018 Steering Committee meeting minutes are located here

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Aging-related activities at USM
Announcing the USM Symposium on Aging!

Please join us on Friday April 27, 2018 for the first annual USM Symposium on Aging. USM faculty, students, staff, and Senior College members interested in aging-related scholarship, research & service are invited to attend. No matter what your discipline, if you want to learn more about aging and how aging touches all of us in our personal and professional capacities, this symposium is for you!

Keep an eye out for a Save the Date email and invitation to register, coming soon. 
We would love to hear about your aging-related activities. To be featured in this section and promote your work, email us at

What We're Reading

Noteworthy aging-related events and publications
"Why Businesses Misunderstand Old People" by Joseph F. Coughlin in The Atlantic. Coughlin describes the drawbacks of youth-focused industries, drawing on research he conducted for his new book The Longevity Economy. This article makes the case for why businesses should focus more attention on older populations, and potential products that could transcend age groups. 
Read Here

Conversation on Living Well With Dementia, hosted by Kaiser Health News. Judith Graham hosted a discussion this month with five panelists about "improving care and services for people with dementia and supporting their caregivers."
Watch Here

"'You Can't Be Afraid of Tech'" by John Hanc in The New York Times. Hanc's article highlights how a number of older adults are utilizing new technology in ways that work for them in their second careers.  
Read Here

Who We Are

The USM Aging Initiative is a new campus-level initiative created to connect faculty, staff, and students who have research and scholarship interests in any aspect of the aging field. The goal is three-fold: to foster engagement on the experience of aging at the individual and system levels; to connect those faculty, staff, and students who have similar areas of interest in ways that support scholarly inquiry; and to promote aging-related scholarship that is already taking place on campus. The USM AI has received funding through the USM's Title III Faculty Interest Group (FIG) program for the 2017-2018 academic year in order to develop an initiative website that will serve these goals and to host a symposium in Spring, 2018 that will feature USM scholarly work related to aging.
What are you up to?
Send us your ongoing projects, ideas, or specific interests in the aging field to add to our growing inventory of activities at USM!
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