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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.

Programs


  • Gateway Seniors Without Walls Consultation (2013 - 2014)

    Through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, the Center on Aging has been contracted to provide consultation to a group of older adults in the greater Orono area as they develop a senior center without walls program. This consultation entails training project advisors in focus group methodology as well as carrying out a community transportation assessment that will inform program development.

  • Evaluation Consultation (2013 - 2014)

    The Center on Aging has been contracted to provide targeted evaluation consultation to the Maine Community Foundation (MCF) as it carries out its current strategic planning activities. Specifically, the Center will provide evaluation implementation guidance to ensure that MCF's programmatic impact is measurable and can be documented through practical evaluation strategies.

  • Greater Bangor Access to Quality Care Planning Grant and the Greater Bangor Thriving in Place Planning Grant (2013 - 2014)

    Two 1 year Maine Health Access Foundation-funded planning grants led by Penobscot Community Health Care, Penquis, Eastern Area Agency on Aging and the Center on Aging in concert with other organizational partners and stakeholders. The Center is contracted to conduct process evaluations of the planning processes (collaboration quality, accessibility, learning breadth and intensity of stakeholder involvement, as well as develop the project evaluation template and protocol for the subsequent stages of program implementation).

  • Thriving in Place Across the Continuum - Community Needs and Resources Assessment (2013 - 2014)

    Part of a 1 year Maine Health Access Foundation-funded planning grant led by the Charlotte White Center in concert with other organizational partners and stakeholders. Findings from the Center's needs and resources assessment will guide the development of a strategic plan for expanding current services and supports to create a more comprehensive continuum of community-based care for individuals with chronic needs.

  • NIH Translational Research Study

    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 project aims to inform community programs how to provide the best falls prevention information for older citizens.

    The study will focus on the effectiveness of the UNECOM Balancing Act Program, a self-initiated falls prevention program that aims to improve balance and reduce falls. The program, designed at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Geriatric Medicine, requires only one training session and can then be done at home with no equipment or further instruction.

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  • Penquis Regional Linking Project

    The UMaine Center on Aging, in collaboration with the UMaine School of Social Work is program evaluator as part of a five-year, $3.9 million dollar grant awarded to the Bangor-based agency Families and Children Together through the Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau’s Promoting Safe and Stable Families program. The project is a collaboration between more than 25 local agencies serving youth and adults, including those agencies that make up the Penquis District Linking Partnership, a regional collaborative of service providers established in 2010 to improve and facilitate linkages of families of substance-exposed newborns to coordinated services.

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