USM Aging Initiative

Summer 2018

USM Aging Symposium Video
If you were unable to attend or want to revisit the day, check out a short video on the Aging Symposium, which took place on April 27, 2018. The video highlights the day's events as well as the role of universities in advancing aging-related scholarship. 

If you have trouble viewing the video in your inbox, you can also watch it on YouTube

What We've Been Doing

Steering Committee Meetings
In June and July, the Steering Committee met to discuss next steps for the Aging Initiative. If you are interested in participating in the Aging Initiative meetings please contact us at

Digital Commons
The USM Digital Commons is an institutional repository that provides access to University research. We are currently working with the Digital Commons team to create a landing page for the Aging Initiative on the Digital Commons website. This will allow users to easily browse student, faculty, and staff scholarship from multiple disciplines and various topics related to 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 on the Aging Initiative Page, please submit identifying information here

Engage  Connect  Promote 

Aging-related activities
Registration Now Open! The 4th Annual University of Maine System Aging Initiative Summer Workshop will be held in Belfast on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Registration is free and the UMS Chancellor's office will be covering travel for faculty and staff.  Click here to register. 

• Network with fellow faculty, researchers and students from all seven UMS campuses.

• Hear from a wide range of statewide community stakeholders who, like you, want to advance research that will make lives better for aging citizens and their families in the oldest state the nation.

• Learn what the most significant aging-related challenges and opportunities are across Maine in both our cities and rural communities that could benefit from aging-focused R&D.

• Hear about innovative research, cutting-edge technologies, devices, and products, and specialized curriculum and services that address the older adult population and the aging experience in Maine.

80 Belmont Avenue (Route #3)
Belfast, Maine 04915

9:30 am -3:00 pm

Save the Date! The Maine Council on Aging will be holding it's 5th Annual Summit on Aging on September 12, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. This year's summit will be a planning conference focused on developing strategies to address the challenges and opportunities in the various sectors serving Maine's older adults. For more information, visit their website.

What We're Reading

Noteworthy aging-related events and publications

Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, SFY 2016 from the Muskie School of Public Service.
This chartbook describes the MaineCare LTSS available to adult members, the number of members who used them in state fiscal year 2016, and the amount of spending on these services as a proportion of all spending on adult MaineCare members. Additionally, the chartbook provides demographic trends regarding Maine's older adults. 
Read Here

2018 Livability Index from AARP.  
The AARP Public Policy Institute has updated The Livability Index, a web-based tool that measures the livability of neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. Scores are based off of the availability of essential services and amenities, including housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. The tool is intended to "inform and encourage people to take action to make their communities more livable." 
Read Here

2018 Giving in Maine Report from the Maine Philanthropy Foundation. 
The Maine Philanthropy Foundation publishes an annual report summarizing foundation and individual giving in Maine during the past year. 

Read Here

Improving Health Requires More Than Better Health Care for Rural Older Adults from Next Avenue. 
Terry Fulmer, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, writes about the importance of addressing social factors that influence our health and how we age, and how current interventions are confronting gaps in services for older adults living in rural areas. 

Read Here

Supporting Older American's Basic Needs: Health Care, Income, Housing and Food from Justice in Aging. 
This issue brief can be used to help consumers and advocates navigate the various programs that support older adults. The brief provides an overview of government programs and how programs can work together to keep older adult out of poverty and living healthy lives longer. 

Read Here

Who We Are

The USM Aging Initiative is a 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 and hosted a symposium in Spring, 2018 that will brought together faculty, students, and staff around topics in the aging field.
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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