Maine’s older population is a microcosm for the challenges facing aging adults and their families across the U.S. today. Our population's median age is the oldest in the nation, almost 45 years. By contrast, Texas' median age is just 35 years, and Utah's 31. This means that proportionately fewer younger, working Mainers support their older neighbors who have retired.

While one of the smaller states geographically, Maine's population distribution favors rural living. Nearly two thirds (61%) of Mainers reside in rural areas. By contrast, just 5% of Californians are rural dwellers. Rural Maine is beautiful and rich in community spirit. The flip side, of course, is that essential services for health, recreation, and life-long learning may be 10's or 100's of miles away. Aging in place in rural Maine presents real challenges. The CEAH seeks solutions to these and other challenges.

CEAH priorities for research are defined by seven pillars. Faculty and student investigators are invited to frame their questions and ideas within and between two or more pillars. This exercise promotes cross-disciplinary thinking and collaboration. 

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