CEAH Online Program Descriptions Winter 2022

Every Tuesday: Peer Connections 1
1 hour drop in fellowship time. Share experiences, discuss ideas and learn from each other.

Winter Online Series 2022

1/5/22 – Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Join volunteer community educator of the Alzheimer’s Association, Anne Romney, as she provides the basic information on the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages, risk factors, research, FDA Approved treatments, and more.

1/12/22 – Nutrition for the Winter Months
This session will cover general nutrition with a focus on how to eat in the winter months. Angelina Maia, PhD, will talk about foods that support a healthy immune system, food safety, hydration, and meals to prep that may conserve energy to give you more energy. 

1/19/22 – UNE Art Gallery Tour: Home Fires
Join Hilary Irons, UNE’s Gallery & Exhibit Director, as she gives us a tour of the newest exhibit to hit the Portland Campus, Home Fires. This exhibit is part of the statewide exhibition partnership “Freedom and Captivity,” that centers the narrative of the families and loved ones of incarcerated people.

1/26/22 – Death Awareness Presentation
Students, Cassie Papaleo, OMS-II, and Madeline Egan, OMS-II, will present on their research thus far on death awareness. Join us for this zoom poster presentation where we discuss some of the findings from our survey and interviews.

2/2/2022 – Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD): Dispelling Myths and Weighing the Evidence
This is a presentation that will guide the audience through the history of marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) as medicine. The audience will learn what the scientific evidence actually says about marijuana and CBD benefits and risks. Not everyone would be a good candidate, but there may be an option out there for you. From managing seizure disorders to pain reduction, marijuana and CBD have been studied to manage both rare and common diseases. Dr. Sydney Springer looks forward to dispelling myths and focusing on evidence with you!

2/9/22 – Intergenerational Friendships
Why do we tend to spend time with same-age friends, and what are we missing when we limit ourselves to these relationships? Join Dr. Hillary Powell, PhD, as she describes the prominence of age homophily in friendship, and explore the barriers to intergenerational connection. We will discuss the potential of intergenerational friendships for fostering identity, creating community, and improving mental health.  

2/10/22 – Defining Wellness in Older Adulthood
Pursuing wellness is an admirable goal no matter one’s age. Yet, many wellness frameworks focus narrowly on physical health, or they fail to consider the unique needs of older adults. Join Matthew Fullen, PhD, MDiv, LPCC(OH) to learn about a multi-dimensional wellness framework that centers the experiences of older people as they attempt to age well.

3/2/22 – The Value of Volunteerism: How you can improve your community while building your own sense of wellbeing & health.
Join Trisha Mason, M.A., as we discuss ways to put your knowledge, experience and value to work helping others and the meaningful impact this can have upon your health and even longevity.

3/9/22 – Brain Health = Great Wealth
This presentation by Regi Robnett, PhD, will provide overview of the brain and the skills that may diminish a bit with age, as well as the cognitive strengths elders retain when they are aging typically. We will also discuss how we can maximize brain performance and work on decreasing the risk of succumbing to age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. 

3/10/22 – Oral Care, Aging & Wellness: A Presentation by UNE Dental Hygiene Students
Join UNE Dental Hygiene Students as they talk about oral health. Provide them feedback on their presentations.

3/25/22 – The AARP Maine State Walking College
Patricia Oh (University of Maine Center on Aging) and Ian Thomas (America Walks) will discuss the benefits of a livable, walkable community and present an opportunity for residents of Maine to become effective advocates.  The AARP Maine State Walking College is a six-month, online Fellowship program of modules covering leadership development, coalition-building, walkable community design, local public policy, and strategic planning. The instructional content includes online study materials, video-conferenced discussion forums and coaching sessions, and community assignments. Fellows are asked to commit about 5 hours per week and will complete the course by developing a Walking Action Plan for their community.

3/31/22 – Gardening in Small Spaces
Join Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional, for a presentation on how to grow vegetables and herbs in small spaces. She’ll cover everything from container gardening to raised beds, highlighting specific crops, growing medium, and water management techniques for each scenario. 

4/6/22 – The Impact of Reminiscing
Join Donna Hyde, M.S.N./Ed., RN, MGSF as we explore the impact on the art of reminiscing and storytelling and how memories and discussion can offer a positive, therapeutic impact to both the interviewee and interviewer.

4/8/22 – Lessons from a Secondary School-based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water in ME & NH
Join Jane Disney, PhD as she talks about how they have engaged middle school teachers and students as citizen scientists in collecting well water samples for analysis of arsenic and other heavy metals. After analysis of over 3000 well water samples, we have learned that a significant proportion of private wells in Maine and New Hampshire are contaminated with arsenic. Many of those are also contaminated with uranium, lead, or other heavy metals, which poses a significant health risk for families who are reliant on their wells as a drinking water source. Those risks include neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, as well as potential effects on aging.

A survey of well owners has revealed that they were more likely to mitigate heavy metal exposure in their households if they were involved with their child in collecting the water sample and providing information about their wells for the project. We are interested in the role that intergenerational learning plays in promoting public health and plan to expand on our findings by providing more opportunities for parent/child and grandparent/child interactions in the project.

4/20/22 – What Color is Your Life?
Professor Sarah Gorham will discuss her mother Janet’s, life weaving, which was loosely guided by the work of Joan and Erik Erikson’s identified eight stages of psychosocial development from infancy to later adulthood. Gorham will also discuss her recent painting project, based on her mom’s weaving, that captures people’s lives in color. She and Dr. Meuser will guide you to think about, and discuss ,how you identify color in different stages of your own life. 

4/22/22 – Wearable Robotics for Gait Training, Functional Assistance, & Monitoring
Walking impairment and decline in mobility are caused by aging-related deficits in gait and various neurological disorders such as stroke and spinal cord injury. Individuals with walking issues often consider gait rehabilitation to recover at least part of their walking ability. Current gait training methods involve manual assistance by therapists and require patients to frequently visit therapy centers. The healthcare system is currently not designed to allow sufficient time-on-task with physical therapist supervision. Also, home-based training and assistance during activities of daily living (ADL) are critical to producing lasting and effective results. Wearable robots offer great potential to address these challenges and promote individualized training for users in natural and functional settings such as home and community. Join Babak Hejrati, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering as he presents novel systems for gait training, assistance, and gait analysis. A wearable haptic system will be presented that enables home-based motor learning exercises in older adults with gait deficits. Additionally, an assistive glove for helping with ADL and a three-wheeled mobility assistive device for outdoor activities will be discussed. Finally, a novel low-cost three-axis force sensor will be presented that can measure all the three components of ground reaction forces (GRFs) during ambulation and, thereby, enable comprehensive gait analysis in real-world settings.

4/27/22 – The Neuroscience of Pain
Join Katie Rudolph, PT, PhD, as she presents the neuroscience of pain.