UNE – Maine Prisons Education Partnership

2022 January February March April

A delegation of UNE faculty and administrators visited the Mountain View Correctional Facility on October 12, 2021, to learn about how older residents receive assisted living services from professional staff and other prisoners – “Helping Hands” – who serve in CNA-like roles. We learned about needs for accessible educational programming on health and wellness in advancing age, as well as the critical roles that health and social service professionals play in the lives of aging residents.

UNE and Maine Corrections officials agreed to “pilot test” the viewing of a series of prerecorded and live online (Zoom-based) presentations on aging during the Winter-Spring 2022 term. Various audiences within Mountain View will participate (as appropriate) and provide feedback on the value of each offering. The program schedule follows below. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Tom Meuser, Director, UNE Center for Excellence in Aging & Health (207-221-4140; tmeuser@une.edu).

Wednesday, 1/19/22, 5-6 PM (VIEW RECORDING)
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. Online participants will view the art, hear about it, and have opportunities to post comments and questions.

Alzheimer’s disease & Dementia: Symptom Recognition, Treatment, & Behavioral Intervention
Presented by UNE and the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
2/9/22, 1-2:30 PM (VIEW VIDEO) – Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease & Screening
2/16/22, 1-2:30 PM (VIEW VIDEO) – Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
2/23/22, 1-2:30 PM (VIEW VIDEO) – Effective Communication Strategies: An Interactive Dialog

MARCH 2022
Brain Health = Great Wealth: Maintaining Healthy Brain Function
Wednesday, 3/9/22, 5-6 PM (JOIN THE ZOOM) – NEW DATE
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. 

APRIL 2022
What Color is Your Life? The Colors We Associate with Health & Wellness
Wednesday, 4/20/22, 5-6 PM (JOIN THE ZOOM)
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, and how you identify color in different stages of your own life. 

Prerecorded Session: Chair Yoga for Better Breathing & Relaxation

Join Dr. Stacey Pierce-Talsma, D.O., M.S., FNAOME as this session focuses on all the parts of our bodies that help us to breathe deeply and will gently stretch our bodies as we learn about the healthiest ways to breath. Please wear comfortable clothes to this all-levels class and be sure you have room to sit on a chair and stand during the session. This class should help you relax and breathe easy!