CEAH Newsletter July 2020

Happy Summer to our Legacy Scholars!

We are pleased to share this July 2020 issue of the CEAH Newsletter. Please scroll down to view the many announcements and opportunities for engagement below, notably our new Oral Health Survey for Legacy Scholars. We continue offering online programming to promote fellowship during this isolating, uncertain time. Be healthy and well!
Tom Meuser
PhD, Director, CEAH

Farewell Carly 
We bid a fond farewell to our amazing graduate assistant, Carly Woolard, and congratulate her on completing her MSW and for securing an exciting new job. Click below to read Carly’s letter to the LSP community.
Click Here to Hear from Carly
 
Online Programming
Our online programming to promote fellowship and lifelong learning continues with combined July-August Schedule. Graduate students in Occupational Therapy are leading many sessions (*) for course credit and welcome participants to support their learning! Titles repeat, but with new content and options for discussion. All sessions are open and guests are welcome. Weekly reminders will go to our online support e-list. Questions? Contact Kelly Abrams.
 Programming Schedule

COVID Survey Results 
Thank you—over 200 of you—for taking our survey about the attitudes and behaviors of older adults in this time of COVID. The survey included a wide variety of questions and showed that most believe the pandemic will have major impacts on our world. With regard to hope for the future, the human race and the environment, it can be best expressed by a respondent’s quote that this trying time will make us a “kinder, gentler, and more compassionate people.” For a more detailed report, click link below.  
Learn More About Survey Results

Phoning with Joe 
Staying connected is important during times like this. Our Community Gerontologist, Joe Wolfberg, has been making friendly “check in” calls to Legacy Scholars since March. He will continue this important work at least through 2020. Would you or someone you know appreciate a periodic friendly call? If so, click the link below.  
I would like a phone call
 
Current Studies 
Oral Health Survey
Oral, physical and mental health are synergistic: problems in one can affect the others. Maintaining good oral health can be a challenge, however, especially during a pandemic. We invite Legacy Scholars to complete a survey in support of research through UNE’s College of Dental Medicine. 
Take Oral Health Survey
 
Paradoxical Lucidity
We are gathering stories of unexpected (paradoxical) moments of mental lucidity (clarity) in persons with advanced cognitive impairment due to dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), severe mental illness, and/or when unconscious near the end of life. If you have witnessed this in someone close to you, we would like to hear your story. If you would have questions or would like more information, contact Regi Robnett, 207-221-4102.  
Take Paradoxical Lucidity Survey
 
Legacy Scholars 
Do you have friends and family members who might consider becoming Legacy Scholars? We welcome all community-living adults aged 55 and over. Please refer them to us or share this link https://redcap.une.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=9HRLKDE9CP .
 
Share With Us 
The CEAH is committed to offering quality programming to our Legacy Scholars and friends. We are open to your feedback and any suggestions you may have or want to see in the future. If you have something that you would like us to know, please tell us by clicking below.  
I would like to suggest...

Research Update 
Spring-Summer 2020 has been a busy time for student research on aging. A dozen first year students from UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine studied attitudes about the Coronavirus, how older adults maintain their mental health during the pandemic, and legacy beliefs across generations. All of this work occurred online through video chat (Zoom) and surveys. Even more students will engage with the Center on projects in the Fall. Given risks associated with COVID-19, all of this work will be phone, video chat and/or online surveys. Look for summaries of these and other projects in our next newsletter!
 
Our External Partners 
We are proud to collaborate with many wonderful individuals and organizations in Maine and beyond. Here are just a few. Click to learn more. 
Institute for Integrative Aging, Saint Joseph’s College
 
Westbrook Housing Authority
 
The Park Danforth
 
The Cedars
 
Housing Initiatives of New England
 
Motherhouse at Baxter Woods
 
Ignation Volunteer Corps
 
The Foundation for Art & Healing
 
UMaine Center for Aging
 
UCONN International Center for Life Story Innovations & Practice
 
UML Center for Gerontology Research & Partnerships