What is AgingME?

AgingME is Maine’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. It is one of 48 federally funded GWEP programs nationwide. AgingME aims to create a more age-friendly health system by better preparing an age-capable workforce, transforming primary care practices and engaging and empowering older adults.

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WRITING CONTEST!

In collaboration with the Creative Writing Club on campus, AgingME is hosting a writing contest!

Throughout our lifetime, we age, we learn, and we morph into many different versions of ourselves. The purpose of this writing contest is to reflect on aging, to explore what we learn from intergenerational relationships (such as from coworkers, relatives, teachers, etc.) and to consider how technology benefits or hinders these connections.

Submissions are due no later than April 15th. Winners will be selected by May 1st.

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“Speak, Memory” – Lynn Casteel Harper On New Ways Of Understanding Dementia

Nearly 7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, most of them elderly, with 10 percent of people over the age of sixty-five affected. But as prevalent as it is, the condition is still widely misunderstood and stigmatized.

You may know someone with dementia: a parent, a grandparent, a spouse, a colleague. For me it was my gran, my beloved maternal grandmother, who lived next door when I was growing up. She had Alzheimer’s, the brain disease that accounts for the majority of dementia cases. She died in 2012, her symptoms having steadily intensified in her final years, a progression familiar to many: first she forgot words, then names, then how to drive her car. I remember visiting her on sunny afternoons after I had moved away from home, when she was no longer able to converse. We sat in her living room in companionable silence, the wall clock ticking louder than I remembered it ever having done before. I’d think of sentiments I wanted to express but couldn’t. Somehow it seemed enough for her that I was there.

Free Access: AgingME + Dementia Action Alliance Cookbook

We partnered with the Dementia Action Alliance to create a cookbook by and for people living with dementia. The cookbook includes recipes directly from individuals living with dementia, information about organizing your kitchen to make it dementia-friendly, nutritional and healthy diet information, protective kitchen aides, and much more. The cookbook is available for free here:

https://daanow.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/CookingOurWay_062623-1.pdf

Resources

AgingME curates resources from our local partners and from the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program network at-large. Click the links below for relevant information.