USM Aging Initiative

May 2018

What We've Been Doing

Steering Committee Meetings
In May, the Steering Committee met to discuss follow up from the Aging Symposium and next steps for the Aging Initiative.

Aging Symposium Survey
The Committee developed an feedback survey for the Aging Symposium and to gauge interest for future events. Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey! If you have not taken the survey, and would like to provide any feedback or comments about the Symposium, you can access the survey here.

Digital Commons
We are currently working with Digital Commons to create a landing page for the Aging Initiative on the Digital Commons website. This will allow users to easily find student, faculty, and staff scholarship that falls under various topics of aging, including health & wellness, economics, social & cultural, legal issues, policy, arts & humanities, and life long learning. If you currently have any work archived in Digital Commons and would like it included, please submit the necessary information here


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Aging-related activities

Save the Date: The 4th Annual University of Maine System Aging Initiative Summer Workshop will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Connect with faculty and staff from the University of Maine's seven campuses and learn about aging opportunities across the universities and in the community. Faculty travel reimbursement is available. For more information, please contact Dr. Len Kaye at the UMaine Center on Aging, (207)-262-7922. 

We would love to hear about your aging-related activities. If you would like to share information about an event here, please email us at

What We're Reading

Noteworthy aging-related events and publications

Dodging Dementia on Kaiser Health News.  
You’ve turned 65 and exited middle age. What are the chances you’ll develop cognitive impairment or dementia in the years ahead?

New research about “cognitive life expectancy” — how long older adults live with good versus declining brain health — shows that after age 65 men and women spend more than a dozen years in good cognitive health, on average. And, over the past decade, that time span has been expanding.

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How to Talk About Moving to a Retirement Home on The New York Times.
Having a conversation about moving — whether it’s with a relative, even a spouse — brings up lots of anxiety. Here’s how to go about it.
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Your Neighborhood Affects How You Age on CityLab. 
A new report lays out the current research on the ways your immediate surroundings influence your health and aging process.

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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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