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Emma Brickman (left) laughs with 92-year-old Joan Logue at Logue's home in Orono on Tuesday. Brickman visits with Logue one hour per week as part of Project Generations, a new program supported by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging and the Maine Center on Aging aimed at connecting student volunteers with senior citizens in the area, helping students appreciate the challenges of aging in place and giving seniors a lively young connection to the community.
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Why UMaine students are hanging out with senior citizens

Project Generations, a new program at the UMaine that connects senior-friendly college students with older residents in Greater Bangor for their mutual benefit.
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Twenty-two signs I am not aging as gracefully as I’d like

I was hoping for “distinguished,” but am lurching toward “extinguished.”
Sally Moulton, 67, of Harpswell punches trainer Andy Anderson's glove during a Rock Steady Boxing class in Brunswick which she attends with her husband John who has Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program adapted to people with the disease.
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Parkinson’s patients are fighting back against the disease, literally

“It’s fun and kind of edgy, and it’s a lot more fun to tell your grandchildren that you’re boxing than telling them you’re going to physical therapy.”
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Is hiding assets during divorce legal?

Dear Liz, My cheap rat of a husband “gave away” his stuff to his best friend so that I can’t “get my dirty hands on it” as he put it. Is this legal? – Angry Wife
University of Maine neuropsychology student Katrina Daigle and electrical engineering student Ahmed Almaghasilah hold a device that records data while a person is sleeping. The mattress cover is outfitted with sensors to record movement while a person is asleep. The patented technology, developed at UMaine, is being used to study sleep disorders.
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This device developed at UMaine may help maintain brain health

For this study, a special sheet is placed under the regular bedding in the patient’s home, like a mattress pad. As sensors in the pad pick up the sleeper’s subtle movements and respirations, electronic information is wirelessly transmitted via the internet to receivers at UMaine, where it can be analyzed to determine the duration and quality of sleep.
By the time Elizabeth Chase-Cosby disappeared five years ago from her home in Plymouth, her younger sister, Kate Tuck, already knew she was suffering from mental illness. Their relationship, once very close, had been strained for a number of years. Still, Tuck, 55, was unprepared for the shocking news last week that Chase-Cosby had died, homeless and alone, in a public park halfway across the country in the town of Grand Island, Nebraska. She was 58 years old and left behind three grown children and a five-year-old grandson she had never met.
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Homelessness and mental illness robbed this Maine family of their loved one

Kate Tuck was unprepared for the news that her sister had died, homeless and alone, in a public park halfway across the country in Nebraska.

Diapers for baby boomers help papermakers offset print loss

Diaper-wearing baby boomers are coming to the rescue of the beleaguered paper industry.