Aging Research

Improving health care focus of partnerships with St. Joseph, UMF, UMM, Dartmouth

The University of Maine is leading multi-institution efforts to provide physicians with tools to help aging people avoid falls and to detect biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer. Directed by UMaine engineering professor John Vetelino, researchers at UMaine, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Machias are collaborating with St. Joseph […]

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Maine Public reports on UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program

Maine Public published a report about the UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program, which matches volunteers with older individuals who are isolated and living in rural areas. Loneliness is considered by some health experts to be a serious public health issue, Maine Public reported. This program works to address the issue through volunteers who […]

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Kaye recent guest on Maine Public’s ‘Maine Calling’

Lenard Kaye, a professor of social work at the University of Maine and director of the UMaine Center on Aging, was a recent guest on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show’s topic was the prevalence of loneliness and what can be done to reduce its health and social impacts.

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Thirteenth annual UMaine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium Oct. 12

The aging-in-place movement has heightened the imperative that living environments meet the diversity of needs of older residents. Innovative approaches to making the residential environments of older adults safe, healthy, affordable and personalized continue to challenge policymakers, planners and service providers alike. High-functioning housing communities are crucial to realizing the highest quality of life of […]

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WABI, WVII report on Aging Initiative Summer Workshop Aug. 24

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the fourth annual University of Maine Aging Initiative Summer Workshop Aug. 24 in Belfast. “Now at the system level all seven campuses are collaborating to work on this challenge that the state is facing around aging,” University of Maine System Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation […]

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Media report on sleep monitoring invention

Sleep Review magazine carried a University of Maine news release about an invention developed by UMaine researchers that can detect early symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Activas Diagnostics LLC has received a $1 million Small Business Innovation Research Award from the National Institute of Health’s Institute on Aging, according to the release. […]

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MedicalXpress publishes UMaine release on visual acuity and cognitive function

MedicalXpress carried a University of Maine news release about a study by UMaine researchers on visual acuity and cognitive functioning. The study found that lower visual acuity is linked with lower cognitive function and decline in cognitive functioning over a period of five years, according to the release. Contrary to their hypothesis, the researchers found […]

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Aerial view of Bangor, Maine

UMaine Center on Aging helps Bangor become more livable for seniors

When AARP announced last summer that Bangor would be named the 100th community in the country to earn “age-friendly” status, leaders in Maine’s third-largest city had to make a big commitment. To receive this distinction, a city must agree to devise a comprehensive strategy to become more livable for its oldest residents. AARP had already […]

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