The Center on Aging is comprised of three major divisions of programmatic activity:

1 – Education and Training

The emphasis in the area of education and training includes:

  • Promoting and strengthening life-long learning opportunities for older Maine citizens
  • Providing training programs on aging-related topics for personnel in Maine government, business and industry
  • Providing specialized continuing education for the state’s medical, health and social service providers
  • Serving as an internship site for students interested in aging studies and careers working with Maine’s older adults and their families
  • Promoting and strengthening of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education coursework, majors, and specializations in aging-related topics for undergraduate and graduate students

2 – Research and Evaluation

The emphasis in the area of research and education includes:

  • Providing technical assistance, consultation, and sponsorship for faculty and community researchers developing aging research proposals and conducting aging-related research
  • Performing community program and service evaluations, needs and resource assessments, and other applied aging-related research and data analysis studies
  • Consulting with local, state and federal government and public officials on aging-related issues including the preparation of commissioned position papers and briefs and the performance of program feasibility and analysis studies
  • Disseminating aging research and best practice innovation by means of professional, scholarly and lay publications and presentations

3 – Services and Consultation

The emphasis in the area of services and consultation includes:

  • Offering technical assistance and consultation to Maine’s community organizations and agencies, businesses, and corporations in the areas of aging-focused program planning and design, evaluation and quality assurance, administration and management, and staffing
  • Providing consultative assistance to the state and its municipal localities concerning aging-related human resource needs and the development and delivery of education and training programs to meet those needs
  • Organizing special programs for community elders and their families
  • Serving as an information and resource center for persons interested in the study of aging-related topics