Aging Research

Kaye speaks to Sun Journal about homelessness in older adults

The Sun Journal interviewed Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, about homelessness in older adults, those aged 65 and older, which is the fastest growing age group of homelessness in the country. With 50 people retiring every day in Maine, Kaye said the aging population here is increasing rapidly. Among […]

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BDN reports on grant to expand UMaine research on wearable robotics

The Bangor Daily News reported that Babak Hejrati, director of the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Laboratory in the University of Maine Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a more than $432,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes on Health to create a novel wearable robotic system and intelligent methods that, for […]

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UMaine showcases research and creativity during Maine Impact Week

Maine Impact Week, which celebrates the University of Maine faculty, students, community and their contributions to the social and economic advancement of the state and beyond, will be held from April 10–16. Over 20 in person and virtual events will occur throughout the week, all of which highlight the impact of research and creative work […]

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Kaye speaks to WalletHub about the best states to retire

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor at the University of Maine School of Social Work, was featured as an expert for a WalletHub ranking of the best states to retire based on three key dimensions: affordability, quality of life and health care. “Age-friendly states and communities have easy […]

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News Center Maine features UMaine research about virtual volunteering

News Center Maine reported on University of Maine associate professor Jennifer Crittenden’s three-year study through the University of Maine Center on Aging and School of Social Work to learn more about how virtual volunteering is changing today’s social landscape. Crittenden will work with a team of graduate students and others to learn why virtual volunteering […]

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Crittenden researching how to grow virtual volunteering among older adults 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced nonprofits to reinvent how they facilitated volunteer activities, especially for seniors, who are at higher risk of experiencing serious illness from the disease. Many implemented or increased their use of virtual volunteering, allowing older adults to continue assisting their favorite organizations.    Jennifer Crittenden, a University of Maine assistant professor of social […]

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Kaye speaks to Maine Monitor about Homeward Bound

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine’s Center on Aging and professor at the School of Social Work, spoke to The Maine Monitor about Homeward Bound, a program which helps seniors and adults with disabilities transition from nursing homes and hospitals back to community-based care settings. Kaye said that programs like Homeward Bound offer […]

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Oh receives inaugural award named in her honor, recognition from Legislature and Gov. Mills for service to older adults

Patricia Oh, senior project manager for the University of Maine Center on Aging, received an award created in her honor, and recognition from the Maine Legislature and Gov. Janet Mills for her service to older adults and communities that support them.   The Lifelong Communities Fellows, experienced lifelong community leaders who mentor groups starting or expanding […]

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