Colloquium to focus on challenges facing older veterans

Posted May 02, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.

ORONO —  Challenges facing older veterans and the resources available to them in Maine will be the focus of the eighth annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium  7:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Wells Conference Center.

The colloquium, “Serving Our Older Veterans: Today’s Clinical Issues and Best Practices,” will be hosted by the University of Maine Center on Aging, University of Maine School of Social Work and Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education at the University of Maine.

There were 9.2 million veterans 65 and older in 2011, representing 43 percent of the military veterans in the United States. Some major challenges in serving veterans are developing programs and services that respond to the health needs of a rapidly aging population and ensuring that veterans in need of care are aware of the services that exist.


The event, sponsored by Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, Maine Veterans’ Homes, Maine Gerontological Society and Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will include a screening of the award-winning film, “The Way We Get By,” featuring Bangor troop greeters and an evening performance of Outside the Wire’s “Theater of War.”

Participants will hear from veterans who will describe their experience of growing older as well as practitioners and clinicians who will explain services available to veterans.

Speakers, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and chairman of the Maine Troop Greeters board of directors Charles Knowlen are expected to attend.

Participants may register online or download a paper form at the UMaine Center on Aging’s website at mainecenteronaging.umaine.edu/colloquium.

The $50 regular registration fee includes all colloquium materials, continental breakfast, lunch and admission to the screening of “The Way We Get By.” Registration for Maine Gerontological Society members and employees of sponsoring organizations is $40. Students may register for $25.

The deadline for mailed registration forms is Friday, May 3.


The Outside the Wire’s “Theater of War” performance will take place at 7 p.m., 100 Corbett Business Building and is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to RSVP to Prudence Searl at prudence.searl@umit.maine.edu or 262-

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