Center for Excellence in Aging and Health

Advancing Inclusive, Narrative-Informed, and Outcome-Oriented Research on Healthy 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 medical 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.