Aging Research

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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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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Falls Prevention Program Focus of $380,000 Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $380,000 to researchers at the University of Maine Center on Aging, University of New England (UNE) and The Iris Network to study a falls prevention program for older citizens with vision impairment. Falls among older adults can lead to serious injury, loss of independence or death. The two-year […]

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Challenges Facing Older Veterans to be Focus of May 13 Event

Challenges facing older veterans and the resources available to them in Maine will be the focus of the 8th annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium May 13 on campus. The colloquium, “Serving Our Older Veterans: Today’s Clinical Issues and Best Practices,” will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday, May 13 at […]

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