USM Aging Initiative

April 2018

What We've Been Doing

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

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Aging-related activities

Southern Maine Senior Expo on May 2, 2018, from 9 am – 2pm at St. Max Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Maine

Senior Guide is delighted to host this FREE event that shares information and resources important to mature Mainers and their families. Learn more at the resource website

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. 

Over 100 USM faculty, staff, students, senior college members, and community members attended the first annual USM Symposium on Aging on Friday, April 27. Thank you to everyone who attended the day-long event or a plenary session for making the day such a success!
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

Family Caregivers Finally Get A Break -- And Some Coaching on Maine Public. Caregivers play an important role in the health care system, yet adequate support for caregivers is often lacking. This article highlights some of the many programs that exist to help caregivers care for their loved ones and alleviate caregiver burnout. 
Read Here

Advanced Style is a fashion blog created by photographer and author Ari Seth Cohen after he noticed an absence of women above a certain age featured in the lifestyle and fashion media. “I noticed a lack of older people in fashion campaigns and street style sites,” he says. “I wanted to show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.” Read the blog and learn about his books and documentary here

The 2017 Profile of Older Americans from the ACL and AoA. This annual report summarizes the latest statistics on Americans 65 and older compiled from U.S. census data. The summary covers demographic topics including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. 

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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