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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.



Maine Aging Resources

211 Maine

One number – thousands of services. 2-1-1 is a statewide directory of over 5000 resources, including agency services and support groups. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember number that connects people who want to give help or get help with a full range of health and human services in their community. contains a wide variety of resources and links to useful information for children, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Find information on community organizations, parent and family resources, transition planning, state-based services, health information, and national resources. There is also a dictionary of terms and a guide to using the internet.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)
Offer older adult home-based care services, support for caregivers, senior information counselors, meals on wheels, adult day care, child care, plus many other services. Maine has five AAAs.

o Aroostook Area Agency on Aging - Serving Aroostook County.

o Eastern Area Agency on Aging - Serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock Counties.

o Spectrum Generations - Serving Somerset, Kennebec, Waldo,   Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc Counties.

o Seniors Plus - Serving Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties.

o Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging - Serving York and Cumberland Counties.

Dirigo Pines
Dirigo Pines is a University of Maine affiliated, comprehensive Retirement Community in Orono, Maine, with one story cottages and an Inn that includes apartments and assisted living suites.

Legal Services for the Elderly
Provides free, legal assistance to socially and economically needy Maine residents age 60 and older.

Maine Alzheimer's Association
Raises public awareness and serves as the statewide resource on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders by providing information, education, referral, and support services to families and professionals.

Maine Direct Service Worker Training Program
Free online continuing education for PSS, MHRT-1, DSP and CNA positions.

Maine For ME Senior Directory
The most comprehensive listing of Maine-based senior links as well as businesses, news, search, chat and more.

Maine Health Access Foundation
The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), created in 2000, is the state's largest health care foundation. MeHAF promotes affordable and timely access to comprehensive, quality health care and seeks to improve the health of every Maine resident. In particular, MeHAF targets projects that serve the medically uninsured and underserved.

Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
A Swedish word, Ombudsman (pronounced om-budz-man) is a specially trained advocate who is given authority under federal and Maine law to investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, long-term care consumers.

Maine State Housing Authority
Oversees public housing, services to the homeless, and programs for home buyers. Offers data and reports on Maine housing.

Office of Elder Services
Serves older adults, their families and people with disabilities. Included on this page are links to information on the many programs the office is responsible for, policy information, and information of interest to service providers in the state.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Opened in the fall of 1997 as the first program for Maine people, 55 and older. Members devise the curriculum and enroll in non-credit classes taught by peers, primarily retired faculty from USM and other institutions. OLLI provides support for the Maine Lifelong Learning Network which includes senior college programs around the state of Maine offering education opportunities for Mainers over 55.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
The major educational outreach program of the University of Maine, with offices statewide. UMCE provides Maine people with research-based educational programs to help them live fuller, more productive lives. Offers two documents on aging-related issues in Maine: A Coalition for a Maine Aging Initiative Policy Report entitled Getting Old in Maine. The report identifies the issues affecting Maine's elders and the areas where policy action is needed. Also available: Situation Statement—Aging in Maine.

UNE Geriatric Education Center
UNE Geriatric Education is a center that deals with geriatric and gerontology issues. Its focus is on healthy aging and how education, training, resources, and research can promote the healthy aging process.


National Aging Resources

Access America for Seniors
U.S. government web site for older adults.

Alliance for Retired Americans
National organization launched in January 2001 by a national coalition of AFL-CIO affiliated unions and community-based organizations.

Alzheimer's Association
Chicago-based volunteer group providing caregiver resources, chapter locations, and treatment and research information.

Leading Age
Leading Age represents 5,600 mission-driven, not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and community service organizations.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Nonprofit association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for all its members and for all Americans.

American Society on Aging
National network of professionals in the field of aging.

Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, AGE-SW
Provides leadership and assistance to social work educational programs and professionals in order to advocate for the integration of gerontological content in undergraduate and graduate social work education.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
National membership organization devoted primarily to gerontological and geriatrics education.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that benefit about 75 million Americans.

Road Scholar
The nation's first and the world's largest educational and travel organization for adults 55 and over.

Family Caregiver Alliance
This national organization provides resources to help those who care for disabled or frail elders. Includes information on managing Alzheimer's disease, tax issues, work and eldercare, an online support group, and much more.

Gerontological Society of America
Established in 1945 to promote the scientific study of aging, to encourage exchanges among researchers and practitioners from various disciplines related to gerontology, and to foster the use of gerontological research in forming public policy.

Generations United
The only national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.

Medicare Rights Center
Not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. Offers Medicare information for consumers and professionals.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA)
The umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S. Advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Practitioners (NAPGCM)
Non-profit, professional organization of practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement, and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families through counseling, treatment, and the delivery of concrete services by qualified, certified providers.

National Association of Social Workers - Section on Aging
A special membership section of the National Association of Social Workers that advocates for public policies that affect the well-being of older people, their families, and their communities; develops collaborations with consumers and organizations in the field of aging; encourages research to advance knowledge and enhance practice in aging increases awareness of issues on aging; and promotes education and training.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
National organization working to improve the quality of life for elderly African Americans and low income minorities.

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

National Council on Aging
The nation's first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons.

National Hispanic Council on Aging
National membership-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latino elderly, families, and communities through advocacy, capacity and institution building, development of educational materials, technical assistance, demonstration projects, policy analysis and research.

National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
The nation's nonprofit advocate for the nation's (est.) 296,000 American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Strives to better the lives of the nation's indigenous seniors through advocacy, employment training, dissemination of information, and data support.

National Institute on Aging
The Federal Government's principal agency for conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research on the aging process and the diseases and special problems of older people.

Older Women's League
The only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network.

U.S. Administration on Aging
Federal agency providing home and community-based services to millions of the nation's vulnerable and hard-to-reach older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.