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University of Southern Maine & University of Maine at Orono
Maine Health Access Foundation
The rapid aging of Maine’s population has created a range of challenges associated with maximizing the health and well-being of our older citizens. This issue brief considers a series of policy and programmatic approaches to promoting healthy aging lifestyles in the state while ensuring the continued involvement of relatives and other informal supports in all such efforts. Much of the current legislation that governs policy decisions regarding social service delivery and allocation of funds for Maine’s elders is funneled through the Older Americans Act, but this has not kept pace over the past 20 years. One key factor that is often overlooked is the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle among aging individuals. By age 75, one in two women and one in three men get no daily physical activity. Physical activity can reduce the likelihood of falls, medicalization, and institutionalization. It is important to take initiatives so that older individuals can live independently for as long as possible. This can be accomplished through implementing best practices, supporting resource centers, and educating older adults about prevention programs.
Kaye, Lenard W. and Villeneuve, Dyan M., "Health and Aging: A Roadmap for Maine’s Older Adults and Their Families" (2007). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 25.
pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)