|From the Director|
Autumn is in full swing and I appreciate the brisk air on my walks to and from work on our Portland Campus. These two mile journeys are a valued part of my pandemic wellness routine. I’m hoping for a mild winter so I can keep them up! What are your wellness routines? We have a strong line-up of online programs this Fall, including a special session on the music of Billie Holliday, a presentation on UNE Sports during the pandemic, and a reflective session on birding and the change of seasons. Two of these presentations are offered by UNE students! I look forward to seeing many of you online in the coming weeks and months. I want to draw your attention to the Oral Health Survey listed below. We want to link oral health information with data from our annual survey. We’ve had some responses, but need more to support with our College of Dental Medicine. Please consider completing this survey if you have not done so already.
PhD, Director, CEAH
|Peer Connections Has New Leaders|
Visit with your peers during this time of isolation every Tuesday at 1:30pm. This semester wewelcome new Masters of Social Work students, Bobby Burnett and Molly Spadone who will help facilitate these valuable sessions. Check our full schedule periodically.
|Year 2 Surveys|
For those Legacy Scholars who have reached their one year anniversary in our program, it is time for your Year 2 survey! Please be on the look out for your personal survey link in your email inbox. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please reach out to Kelly Abrams.
Scholars as Elder Teachers
Many thanks to the 33 Legacy Scholars who volunteered to be elder teachers and spent time with our UNE students across medical disciplines on Friday, October 2nd. We are looking forward to our second virtual visit with our student groups in November.
If you have interest in being a volunteer with the IGEP program next Fall, please send an email to Laura Grover and you will be added to the interest list. We all appreciate your time, wisdom, and collaboration in the education of our medical students!
|Online Programming in Fall 2020|
Our online programming to promote fellowship and lifelong learning continues during this fall season. We have worked hard to bring you a range of exciting programs that will peak any interest. All sessions are open and guests are welcome. Weekly reminders will go to our online support e-list. Questions? Contact Kelly Abrams.
|Welcoming New Legacy Scholars|
Do you have friends and family members who might enjoy participating in the Legacy Scholars program? We welcome all adults aged 55 and over. Please refer them to us or share this link https://www.une.edu/legacy-scholars.
Become a Legacy Scholar
|Stephen King Book Discussion|
Sponsored by Saint Joseph’s College | Tuesday, October 27 @ 10am
Dr. Wendy Galgan, Chair and Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will be talking about the Stephen King short story The Reach. Dr. Galgan, who has taught a number of courses on King’s work, will facilitate the discussion, in which we’ll explore different aspects of the story as well as your responses to it. The Reach is a beautiful tale, in some ways atypical of King’s work in that it does not have a traditional “horror” element, and we know you will enjoy reading and discussing it.
Join This Event on Zoom
|Saving the American Chestnut Tree|
Thomas Klak, PhD, and his students at UNE are working to save the American Chestnut tree. If you missed his September presentation, you can view the video HERE .
|Studies Seeking Volunteers|
Oral Health Survey for Legacy Scholars
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
| AgingME GWEP Social Media Survey|
The University of New England is partnering with UMaine and Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) to help make helathcare in Maine more age-friendly. Please help them to uncover some important information about your social media use by taking this brief survey.
Take Social Media Survey
|UNH Partner Study – Positve Work Experiences Research|
The University of New Hampshire is looking to recruit participants between the ages of 18-64 for a 6-week online job crafting program to improve workplace engagement among workers with health conditions/disabilities. Read more about this study HERE.
Questions? Call 603-862-1924 or by Email.
Participate in this Study
Our College of Medicine students (Dan Thai, Stephen Cheng, and Dechen Tuladhar), who have been working with CEAH, have been invited to share the results of our Exploring COVID Attitudes and Behaviors among Older Adults survey for their peers at UNE in January 2021. We also hope to have a formal paper ready for publication by then to share our results, which we briefly summarized in our last newsletter. Let us know if you want more information.
We are still recruiting for our survey for the Understanding Paradoxical Lucidity in Advanced Cognitive Aging survey. We are gathering stories of unexpected (paradoxical) moments of mental lucidity (clarity) in persons with advanced cognitive impairment, from dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), severe mental illness, and/or when unconscious near the end of life. We are finding that perhaps only one in every 50 people have experienced witnessing this unexpected clarity. If you have either witnessed this in someone you know, or would be willing to pass along the flyer to someone who may have been a witness, please share the FLYER or the LINK with them. While we have over 50, we believe that many more stories are out there. We hope to keep gathering these accounts to continue to improve our understanding of end of life especially in people living with dementia.
Have questions or want more information?
Contact Dr. Regi Robnett, 207-221-4102.
Take the Paradoxical Lucidity Survey
UNE faculty and students are presenting their research at two international conferences held online this Fall. Special congratulations are in order for Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci from our College of Osteopathic Medicine for her leadership in these presentations.
European Union Geriatrics Medicine Society Congress
Virtual Format | October 7-9, 2020
*Vet to Vet Maine Companion Program Study
COVID-19 Effect on Increasing Social Isolation and Loneliness (Poster)
Gugliucci, MR, Weaver, SA, Lin A (Med Student)
48 Hour Acute Care Hospice Home Immersion
Second Year Medical Students Qualitative Experiences, 2017-18 (Poster)
Gugliucci, MR, & Timimie, E (Med Student)
*Funded by a pilot grant from the CEAH
Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting
Virtual Format | Nov 4-7, 2020
Gugliucci, M, Montepare, J, Charness, X, Fara, K & Schumacher, J (Symposium) Age-Friendly University Initiative Applied to Health Professions Education Programs
Naar, J, Ferguson, G, Bouchard, LM, Liu, M – Gugliucci, M, Discussant(GSA ESPO Student Symposium) Bridging the Gap: Shifting Population Dynamics and Opportunities to Inform and Educate Communities
Gugliucci, M & Thieme, VS (Poster) Medical Students’ Longitudinal Learning with Older Adults: Geriatrics Education Mentor Program
Upcoming Exhibit at UNE’s Art Gallery
Speculative Histories & Material Culture | February 19 – June 13, 2021
The fictionalized core of Radcliffe’s work revolves around very real narratives, forming a counterpoint to Mokeme’s masks, which present a specifically embodied history related to the African diaspora and original homeland. Thematically, this exhibit advances a message of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It also presents a compelling environmental narrative. An artist of Black and Indigenous heritage, Radcliffe is deeply invested in environmental history and narrative. The installation will revolve around the idea of a speculative future of Maine in the year 2121 from the Indigenous and African diasporic perspective.
This new exhibit features African masks from the collection of Oscar Mokeme in juxtaposition with site-specific installation by Asata Radcliffe. Radcliffe is an artist, writer, and filmmaker with a focus on participatory, history-based installations, emphasizing Afrofuturism, science fiction, and a speculative approach to the African diasporic and Indigenous experience. Penobscot designers Decontie & Brown, textile designer Jordan Carey, and artist Ian Trask will collaborate in the installation.
For more information on current and upcoming exhibits go to the gallery’s website: https://library.une.edu/art-galleries/home/portland-campus/upcoming-exhibits/.
|Share With Us|
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The Univeristy of Maine hosts its fifteenth annual Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium (Virtual), Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems,on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 8:30am – 3:30pm. To respect the safety and health of all participants, this year’s colloquium will be a virtual event .For more details and the full program click HERE.
|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 Portland Area Villages
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
Maine Senor Games
*indicates partners included in this newsletter