Center for Excellence in Aging and Health

Advancing Inclusive, Narrative-Informed, and Outcome-Oriented Research on Healthful Aging

The UNE Center for Excellence in Aging and Health (CEAH) promotes innovative, interprofessional research and programming to extend healthspan, enhance well-being, celebrate personal legacies, and disseminate professional best practices for the benefit of aging adults wherever they call home.

Truly healthy aging is about living an engaged, meaningful daily life, as much as it is about taking a medication to treat a specific illness. The best research on human aging places the person first. A “whole person” approach recognizes that personal strengths, desires, and capabilities are just as important to good health as specific behaviors, symptoms, or diagnoses. The CEAH is committed to looking beyond the deficit model to meet, know, and celebrate the lives and legacies of aging Mainers.

One way we do this is through the UNE Legacy Scholars Program. Adults age 60 and over volunteer to support our faculty and students in conducting research on aging that’s inclusive and focused on making a difference.

UNE is an Age-Friendly University — one of the first in the US — and another goal of the CEAH is to promote a vibrant, inter-generational community on our campuses. Some of the best learning about aging happens when younger students and older scholars come together in shared study and personal exchange. Legacy Scholars help make this kind of learning happen! All are welcome to join this free program.

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During his recent trip to Iceland, Tom Meuser, director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Health, toured the Hrafnista n
During his recent trip to Iceland, Tom Meuser, director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Health, toured the Hrafnista nursing home with the facility’s director of occupational therapy, Sigurbjörg Hannesdóttir. Meuser gave two presentations while in Iceland, one of which was to a group of students and professionals at Hrafnista. He met with several Icelandic geriatrics professionals, including Hannesdóttir, in an effort to learn more about geriatrics education and elder care in the country.

UNE Center for Excellence in Aging and Health Director Tom Meuser presents in Iceland

Tom Meuser, Ph.D., founding director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Health , recently returned from a trip to Iceland, where he made...

Atwood most recently interviewed 92 year-old Leona, who lives with macular degeneration.
Atwood most recently interviewed 92 year-old Leona, who lives with macular degeneration. Photo courtesy: Diane Atwood

Conversations about aging: UNE supports interview series

Former NEWS CENTER Maine Health reporter Diane Atwood, who now has a blog called Catching Health , is embarking on a new podcast series to...

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