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UMaine Center on Aging

The mission of the Center On Aging is to promote and facilitate activities on aging
in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service.


2013 University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium: Serving Our Older Veterans:

Today's Clinical Issues & Best Practices


Date: Monday, May 13, 2013

Time: 7:45 am - 5:45 pm

Location: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME


Just One Week Away - Register Before it is Too Late!


 Click here to view the Colloquium program and paper registration materials in PDF

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Registration Information:

Regular registration fee: $50.00

Maine Gerontological Society (MGS) member fee: $40.00

Employees of sponsoring organizations: $40.00

Student fee: $25.00

(Includes all colloquium materials, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and admission to screening of The Way We Get By)

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Description: There were 9.2 million veterans 65 and older in 2011 representing 43% of the total number of military veterans in the United States. Among the major challenges faced in serving these individuals are: 1) developing programs and services that respond to the health needs of a rapidly aging veteran population; and 2) insuring that those in need of care are aware of and make use of such services.

This conference offers a platform for sharing the personal perspectives of older veterans together with the practice experience of clinical assessment and treatment experts in the provision of physical and mental health services for older adult U.S. veterans. Attendees will leave better informed of the capacities of and challenges facing older veterans and the resources available to them in the state of Maine.

Colloquium Planners

University of Maine Center on Aging

University of Maine School of Social Work

Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education at the University of Maine

Initial Sponsors


Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine

Maine Veterans' Homes


Maine Gerontological Society

Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging

AARP Maine

Speakers (Partial LIst)

 Andrew L. Gibson, MDiv, Chaplain (Colonel), Maine Army National Guard

 Kurt M. Johnston, PharmD, Chief of Pharmacy, VA Maine Health Care System

 Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work & Director, Center on Aging, University of Maine

 Nancy Kelly, MSW, Field Coordinator, School of Social Work, University of Maine

 Charles Knowlen, MEd, Chairman, Board of Directors, Maine Troop Greeters

 Izabela S. Lutostanska, MD, Geriatrics Department, VA Maine Health Care System

 Terry L. Melanson, LCSW, CCS, CCM, MSW, Coordinator, Medical Foster Home Program, VA Maine Health Care System

 Michael H. Michaud, Unites States Congressman

 Denise O’Connell, LCSW, CCM, CCP, Senior Program Manager, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine

 Janis Bacon Petzel, MD, DFAPA, Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist, Maine General Medical Center

 Kevin L. Polk, PhD, Psychology Section Chief, VA Maine Health Care System

 Daryne M. Rockett, LCSW, CMP, Readjustment Counselor, Bangor Vet Center 

 Katherine Russin, LCSW, RYT, Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator, Togus VA Medical Center

 Kenneth Shay, DDS, MS, Director of Geriatric Programs, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, VA Central Office

 Jennifer J. Swazey, LCSW, Team Leader, Bangor Vet Center

 Gail Werrbach, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of Maine

 Jody Wolford-Tucker, PhD, Executive Director of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County


(Note: The Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine will be video-taping select plenary speakers for the purpose of posting them on the Alliance website so that clinicians may view these sessions for credit and at no charge after the live event. )



“THE WAY WE GET BY” (4:10 - 5:45 pm)

Free admission included as part of Colloquium registration

(color. 84+ min. Aron Gaudet, Made in assoc. with American Documentary/P.O.V.)   

The SXSW Special Jury Award winning "The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.




Monday, May 13th at 7:00  pm

DP Corbett Business School Bldg. Auditorium

University of Maine

Orono, ME

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine will be provided beginning at 6pm.

There is no charge to just attend the evening Theater of War performance - The general public is cordially invited!

Please RSVP Prudy Searl at or by phone at 207-262-7925

 “Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, in collaboration with the 8th Annual University of Maine Geriatrics Colloquium, will sponsor a free performance of Theater of War on Monday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the D.P. Corbett Auditorium, University of Maine.

Outside the Wire , a social impact company, is the producer of Theater of War, an innovative project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their families, caregivers, and communities. The presentation will be followed by community panelists remarks and a town hall discussion about the challenges faced by veterans returning from war.

The performance on May 13 will feature award-winning actor, David Strathairn (Lincoln; Good Night, and Good Luck), in the role of Ajax.

Please visit Outside the Wire’s website: to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find Theater of War on