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USM Aging Initiative
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March 2018

USM Symposium on Aging: Register Today!
 
Please join us on Friday April 27, 2018 for the first annual USM Symposium on Aging. USM faculty, students, staff, and Senior College/OLLI members interested in aging-related scholarship, research and service are invited to attend. No matter what your discipline is, 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!

There will be workshops, speakers, student presentations, and networking opportunities. The Symposium is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. To register, click here.

For more information, visit www.usmaging.org/aging-symposium.

What We've Been Doing

Steering Committee Meetings
In March, the Steering Committee met to discuss the Aging Symposium. The March 2018 Steering Committee meeting minutes are located here
 

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Aging-related activities at USM
Eileen Griffin and Elizabeth Gattine from the Muskie School recently attended "FrameLab," a two day event hosted by FrameWorks Institute. FrameWorks has been working for several years at the national level, and now in Maine, to change how we communicate about aging so that we can effectively advance policy reform and address ageism. The FrameLab brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from all parts of Maine, all of whom advocate in different ways on aging issues. Elizabeth and Eileen report it was a fascinating and interactive two days that provided a research based approach and concrete tools to avoid unintentional messaging and promote effective systems change through a positive understanding of aging. 

Julie Sweetland from the FrameWorks Institute will be bringing this conversation to USM as our keynote speaker at the USM Symposium on Aging. This effort requires all of us, so be sure to attend (and register by following the link above) to hear how we all can become part of the national reframing movement!
We would love to hear about your aging-related activities. To be featured in this section and promote your work, email us at usmaging@gmail.com.

What We're Reading

Noteworthy aging-related events and publications
"Design for Aging: Jikka House" on Senior Planet. This brief article describes an innovative communal housing design for older adults in Japan that is also exceptionally beautiful. The Jikka House is an inspiring example of how we can design retirement homes as functional spaces while keeping aesthetic and healing principles in mind. 
Read Here

Aging and Disability: Beyond Stereotypes to Inclusion: Proceedings of a Workshop from the National Academies of Sciences. This report describes the proceedings of an October 2017 public workshop that was convened to better understand how stereotypes affect older adults and individuals with disabilities from social, cultural, and research perspectives, as well as how we can disrupt negative stereotypes and "outdated beliefs about aging". 
Read Here

Ageless Maine from AARP Maine. AARP Maine has teamed up with the Maine Media Collective to produce a new magazine for people over 50. The publication will focus on Mainers over 50 who are challenging our notions of aging through positive impacts at the state and local levels. The inaugural issue features stories on caregiving, age-friendly initiatives, volunteerism, and many more. If you would like a free copy of the March issue, email me@aarp.org. 
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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