2023 18th Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium (Hybrid)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME and via Zoom Webinar

Registration is Closed

Special Notice: The 2023 Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium will be a hybrid (combined in-person and Zoom platform) event.

Registration deadline: Friday, October 20, 2023

UMaine COA LogoThe Eighteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium will be a hybrid event this year (both in-person and Zoom online webinar). It will be held on Wednesday, October 25th, on the University of Maine Orono campus and has the theme of Sexual Health and Aging. The Colloquium will be a part of the Second Annual Maine Research Symposium scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, October 25-27 at the University of Maine. You will be able to register for just the Colloquium or the entire Research Symposium, which is entirely an in-person event addressing rural and behavioral health topics and biomedical science and engineering topics.  

Points of focus of the Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium include the physiology and psychology of sexual aging; dementia and sexuality; medication effects on libido, orgasm, and arousal; LGBTQ+ relationships in late life; sexuality and sexualized behaviors in long-term care. Authorities will gather before a broad audience of health and human services professionals and older adult healthcare consumers to consider the personal and clinical impacts and physical, cognitive, psychological, ethical, and social perspectives on sexuality, intimacy, and relationships in late life.

This year’s hybrid Colloquium is part of the Second Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, October 25-27, 2023 on the University of Maine Orono campus. To register for the 3-day, in-person only Research Symposium, please go to the 2023 Symposium Registration Page.


2023 18th Annual Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium Program

8:30-8:40 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Lenard W. Kaye, DSW., PhD, Director, Center on Aging; Professor, School of Social Work; and Interim Director, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, ME;

8:40-9:30 a.m. Erectile Dysfunction: Modern Diagnosis and Treatment

Graham T. VerLee, MD, Urologist, Maine Medical Partners Urology and Stephens Center for Specialty Care, South Portland and Norway, ME

Sexual Health After Menopause

Christina Theriault, MSN, BSN, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Maine Family Planning, Fort Kent and Presque Isle, ME

9:30-10:10 a.m. Age is Not a Condom: Medications and Sexual Health in Older Adults

Gabrielle E. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, PACT Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner, VA Maine Healthcare System, Portland, ME; Leslie A. Ochs, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta, ME

10:10-10:50 a.m. Sexuality at any Age: Debunking Common Myths About Sexuality and Aging

Christine M. Curley, PhD, JD, Visiting Assisting Professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

10:50-11:10 a.m. Break

(Stretch, take a short walk, or just relax!)

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Panel: Diverse Perspectives on Sexuality and Intimacy in Later Life

Facilitator: Cliff Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF, Chief, Center for Geriatric Cognitive and Mental Health, Director, Mood and Memory Clinic and the Robert C. Strauss Neurocognitive Research Program, Northern Light Acadia Hospital and Research Professor, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Panelists: Panelists: Sandra L. Caron, PhD, Professor, of Family Relations/Human Sexuality and Program Coordinator, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Maine, Orono, ME; James Moorhead, Healthy Aging Services Manager, Office of Aging and Disability Services, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Augusta, ME; Regina Koepp, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director, Center for Mental Health, Lead Medical Psychologist, UVMC, Burlington, VT

12:10-1 p.m. Lunch Break

12:20-12:50 p.m. Special Luncheon Presentation (Sponsored by Desert Harvest) Lifelong Desire: Insights into Sexual Well-Being After 50

Amanda Gesselman, PhD, Associate Director for Research, Head of Research Analytics and Methodology Core, Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist, and Research Fellow, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1-2 p.m. Concurrent Workshops

Workshop A: Experiencing the Benefits of Yoga to Enhance Sexuality as We Age

Melora Gregory, Yoga Instructor E-RYT 500, meloraYoga.com, Portland, ME

Workshop B: Frisky Business: The Importance of Comprehensive Sex Positive Education for Aging and Sexual Health in Adults 65+

Gwendolyne Tuttle, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator, Cornerstones of Maine, and Psychotherapist, Portland, ME; Lacee DeLorey, Program Coordinator, Cornerstones of Maine, Biddeford, ME

Workshop C: Sex and Seniors: Supporting the Rights of Sexual Expression While Protecting the Vulnerable

Kelly McCarthy, NIDE, BC-Ded, Vice President, Resident Engagement and Memory Care Services, Northbridge Communities, Burlington, MA

2-2:20 p.m. Break

(Stretch, take a short walk, or just relax!)

2:20-3:00 p.m. Panel: First Person Narratives on Intimacy, Relationships, and Sexuality by Adults Living with Dementia

Facilitator: Susan Wehry, MD, PI/Director, AgingME, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), Department of Primary Care, College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Panelists: Members, Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Charlottesville, VA

3:00-3:15 p.m. Closing and Evaluation

Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD, Director, Center on Aging, Professor, School of Social Work, and Interim Director, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Colloquium Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the relationship between physiological processes (endocrine, neurologic, vascular, and cardiac) and the psychology of sexual aging (desire, intimacy, body image)
  • Understand the role that medications play in late life sexual expression
  • Understand the impact of brain health and cognitive change on sexual behavior
  • Describe current policies, practices, and programming in addressing sexuality and intimacy behaviors and needs in community and long-term care settings

Who should attend?

  • Medical, health, and behavioral health professionals who work in the fields of aging, health care, housing, aging-in-place, long-term care, and the social services
  • Practitioners and students in allied health professions such as medicine, counseling, social work, nursing, law, and public health as well as public administration
  • Health care clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, care managers, supervisors, as well as community and public planners and policymakers

Continuing Medical Education:

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Maine Medical Association (MMA) Council on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UNE COM has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 5.75 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

UNE COM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and 5.75 University of New England contact hours for non-physicians. Contact hours may be submitted by non-physician, non-PA health professionals for continuing education credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Maine Medical Association through the joint providership of University of New England, and Aging ME- GWEP. University of New England is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

To get a printable registration form or program, click here for the printable PDF.

Thank you to our sponsors

UMaine center on aging logoMaine Gerontological Society logo

geriatrics workforce enhancement program aging maine logodesert harvest logo

university of maine institue of medicine logo

Maine health access foundation logo

Questions? Please contact Lenard Kaye at len.kaye@maine.edu