Aging Research

Assistive jogging device on track

Researchers awarded $225,000 for testing, commercialization of mobility aid

An aesthetically designed mobility aid created by University of Maine researchers to meet the growing need for adaptive exercise engagement has received nearly $225,000 from the National Institute on Aging. The one-year $224,999 National Institutes of Health Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant will involve precision testing and the initiation of commercialization of […]

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Maine Policy Review releases ‘Special Issue on Aging’

Maine, which is the oldest state in the nation in terms of median age and has more baby boomers per capita than any other state, can be a leader in addressing the issues of an aging population, according to the recently published issue of Maine Policy Review. “This special issue was prepared to serve as […]

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Sprague’s piece on aging reprinted by BDN

The Bangor Daily News reprinted a piece Ben Sprague wrote for the Maine Policy Review’s issue on aging. Sprague, who serves on the Bangor City Council, writes the city of Bangor has realized “that older Americans have a lot to offer in terms of raw economic output, mentorship and life perspective. Bangor has been ranked […]

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Aging Initiative Workshop June 22

The Office of the Vice President for Research will be hosting an Aging Initiative Workshop, 9-11:30 a.m., June 22 in the McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House. Interested members of the UMaine community are strongly encouraged to participate. RSVP to Rowena Clukey,, if you are able to attend. Maine has the highest median age of […]

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Aging Research, Vice President Kim Cited in Sen. Collins’ Weekly Column

Research and development of technologies being conducted at the University of Maine’s Center on Aging were mentioned in U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ weekly column, “The aging and thriving in place movement.” The column also cited a recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging by Carol Kim, vice president for research and dean […]

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Vice President Kim Testifies Before Senate Special Committee on Aging

On May 6, Technology and Caring for aging seniors was the subject of a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, chaired by Sen. Susan Collins. Among the academics and experts asked to testify on technology advancements in caring for aging seniors was Carol Kim, UMaine vice president for research and dean of the […]

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New Media Students Develop Fall Detection Device for Older Adults

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a prototype that can detect when the person wearing the device has fallen and automatically text a programmed cell […]

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blood pressure

UMaine Study Finds BP Assessments Still an Important Diagnostic Tool to Preclude Cognitive Decline Due to Hypertension

Untreated and sustained hypertension has an adverse effect on brain structure and function, and is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Blood pressure (BP) variability from measurement-to-measurement has been associated with lower cognitive functioning and is considered a stronger predictor of mental performance than averaged BP. However, recent studies suggest that BP measurements […]

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UMaine Center on Aging RSVP Program Receives Grant

The RSVP program at the University of Maine Center on Aging was awarded a one-year $14,340 grant by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Paula Burnett, RSVP program director, submitted the proposal to the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) within Maine’s DHHS. RSVP is part of the national Senior Corps — […]

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