Forbes cites Kaye, Center on Aging in article on reducing loneliness
An article by Len Kaye, professor of social work and director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, was cited in the Forbes report, “How to reduce loneliness in old age.” The Gerontological Society of America’s Public Policy and Aging Report recently dedicated an issue to the potential consequences of a lack of social connectedness, according to the article. In an article Kaye wrote for the publication, he described a number of low-tech ways Maine — a largely rural state — is trying to keep seniors connected. In Augusta, postal workers have been trained to check in on homebound seniors, and in Franklin County, sheriff’s deputies regularly look in on older adults, the article states. Forbes also mentioned Project Generations, a program developed by UMaine and the Eastern Area Agency on Aging where college students visit seniors at home and do light chores.