A Project of the Council on Social Work Education and the University of Washington, with the generous support of the John A. Hartford Foundation and its Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI)
The number of older people, particularly the oldest old (85+), is growing, and these elders often need more assistance to remain active and independent. Older people, when they need help, receive it mainly from their families or a combination of family care and assorted community-based health and social services.
Aging-savvy social workers serve as "navigators" and "expediters," enabling older adults and their families to understand and choose among the bewildering array of available health and social services.
While social workers are central to developing home and community-based services for our aging population, they often lack current gerontological knowledge and skills. This exciting national effort will increase the number, quality and sustainability of aging-rich learning experiences (in classroom curricula, field practicums, lectures, presentations and other activities) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of social work education.To facilitate this wide range of social work learning experiences, the Geriatric Enrichment Program has provided grants to academic faculty at schools, large and small, across the country.
For more information about the national program contact:
Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education
(206) 221-HART (4278)
Dr. Lenard Kaye
03-04 Student Team
Students are at the very core of what the Center on Aging is all about. They are an integral part of our projects and research. Each year a team of both BSW and MSW students hone their skills in program planning and implementation, conducting community research, and participating in grants development. These students bring impressive talent, creativity, and a willingness to work exceedingly hard to Center programs and engage their fellow students in the School of Social Work in the mission of serving older adults.
Rosamond Kreilkamp, Robert Kitchen and Jason Charland make up this year’s Hartford field work student team. Rounding out the team are two Graduate Research Assistants with special interests in aging: Jennifer Crittenden, a MSW student, and Barbara Hermann, a Psychology Doctoral candidate.
Lisa Croce, Sarah Bohnson, Kristen Nadeau, Carol Solinger, and Deb Francis.
Judy Anderson, Sarah Denis, Christine Martel, and Daryne Sanford.
The University of Maine School of Social Work and Center on Aging recently received a $3000 GeroRich Training Initiative grant from Boston University. Efforts are being made to implement the work plan associated with developing a rural social work and aging training curriculum entitled, “Rural Social Work and Aging: the Skills you Need to Know.” Look for these sessions in the Center on Aging's spring Professional Excellence in Geriatics Sessions (PEGS).
Karen Martin and Michelle Dionne
Each fall, the UMCoA awards mini-grants to support graduate student research in aging. Below are past awardees.
The University of Maine Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education Program is guided by the Alumni in Aging Advisory Council. The Council is composed of BSW and MSW graduates of the University of Maine School of Social Work engaged in social work with older adults in the greater Bangor region.
|Tilly Atkins, MSW
Bangor Area Visiting Nurses
|Mary Bragdon, MSW|
|Kevin Byrne, MSW
|Kathy Caliendo, MSW
|Penny Gray, MSW
Eastern Maine Medical Center - Acute Rehabilitation
|Jane Harris-Bartley, MSW
Senior Companion Program
University of Maine
|Martha Higgins, MSW
Department of Human Services
Bureau of Elder and Adult Services
|Ralph McPhearson, MSW|
|Wayne Moore, MSW
Neurology Associates of Eastern Maine
|Linda Murphy, MSW
Eastern Maine Medical Center - Oncology
|Kathy Muzzy, LCSW
|Trudy Neal, LSW
|Denise O'Connell, MSW
Brewer Rehabilitation & Living Center
|Jessica Perry, LSW
Stillwater Health Care
|Melissa Rice, LSW
|Vanessa Soul, LSW