USM Aging Initiative


November 2017

What We've Been Doing

Logo Design
We have developed a couple of different possible logos for the Aging Initiative. It has been challenging to come up with a graphic that represents collaboration, idea incubation, aging, and scholarship. We would love some input, but here are a couple of possibilities. Please vote below!

Stakeholder Survey
The Steering Committee has been divided into two work groups to focus on our stated goals of creating a website and hosting a symposium. Members have been asked to reach out to colleagues using a short e-survey to determine interests, needs, and website functionality. You can take the short survey here.

Steering Committee Meetings
We have met a couple of times this fall to discuss outreach to USM faculty and staff about avenues for exchange of aging-related project ideas and connecting around student and curricula needs. The October meeting minutes are located here.
                       Logo 1:
                      Logo 2:
      Which logo do you prefer?
           Logo 1
          Logo 2

Aging Initiative Next Steps


The Steering Committee is developing a web-based platform to connect faculty, staff, and students across disciplines through aging-related projects and scholarship. Currently, we are exploring free website platforms to host our website and interviewing a handful of USM faculty and staff on their web needs and how this website can be an effective tool for connection and collaboration. We will be reaching out to several of you to get ideas about how to make the website most useful to you and your students. Please let us know if any of your students might want to work with us on website development. We would love to have their help.


We are planning to hold either a half- or whole-day symposium showcasing faculty, staff, and student research on USM's Portland campus in Spring 2018. Holly Bean's Recreational Therapy students will help us plan and Linda Samia's Nursing students will be presenting some of their project work. Let us know if you have students who have - or will have - aging related projects, posters, ideas, or papers that they might want to present. 

What We're Reading

Noteworthy aging-related events and publications in the media
"What Old Age is Really Like" by Ceridwen Dovey in The New Yorker
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Politico's "Aging in America"

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"These Maine Communities are Age-Friendly for Seniors and Students" by Peter Morelli in AARP
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Noteworthy aging-related events and publications at USM
Rebecca Boulos, PhD is teaching Health Psychology this term and hearing that her students wanted more information about social isolation and loneliness, she invited Frances Jimenez and Mary Lou Ciolfi - both of whom have been studying this topic over the past year - to guest lecture. The students were very interested in the topic of aging and cultural competence and one student suggested that aging topics be included in the curricula of more classes so that students could achieve higher levels of cultural competence on aging issues. This is exactly the work that the USM Aging Initiative could coordinate.

We would love to hear about your work and feature it here. In the meantime, please feel free to promote your work and email Frances at or add a note on our Google+ page (see G+ button below).
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!

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.
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