6AM THURSDAY How Two Online Certificate Programs Are Helping Improve Care of Older Mainers

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6AM THURSDAY How Two Online Certificate Programs Are Helping Improve Care of Older Mainers


Haskell, Meg, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)


With Maine's baby boomers aging at a rapid clip, it's important to have a broad network of professionals and volunteers who understand their needs. That's why the Maine Center on Aging, headquartered at the University of Maine in Orono, has recently launched two online certificate programs aimed at sharpening the skills of community leaders, nurses, social workers and others with an interest in supporting older Mainers and their families.

For Laurie Qualey, 42, of Orono, the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a complement to the Master's in Social Work she's completing.

"I am really interested in working with older people," she said. "They're typically so lumped together, like 'these are our seniors,' but this program really shows the diversity and differences within that population."

Issues of gender, socio-economic status, ethnic background and sexual identity affect people's needs as they get older, she said. "It's not just this monolithic idea of what means to be an older person."

Qualey, who has worked as a public school science teacher and in her family's granite business, also serves on the board of the Bangor Humane Society. She has a passion for pet therapy and has spearheaded a volunteer program called "Cats on Laps" that brings affection-starved shelter kitties to visit residents of nursing facilities.

Qualey also brings her own well-mannered dogs to socialize with residents, many of whom have had to give up beloved pets to enter a facility.

"If you're homebound, sometimes a pet is your only companion," she said.

Among other goals, Qualey hopes to use her education to help establish a network of community volunteers who make regular visits to elderly pet owners, helping them with tasks like walking the dog or changing the litter box, including a social visit while they're there.

"I think this is an unmet need," she said.

The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, now in its fourth year, offers a broad perspective on issues related to aging, according to Len Kaye, director of the Maine Center on Aging. Three upper-level courses provide grounding in the social, psychological and medical changes associated with aging, he said, and make the certificate an attractive addition to the resume of any professional interested in working with the elderly. An optional fourth course focuses on public policy and advocacy.

"This program is relatively unique on several counts," Kaye said. "It address the interests of a broad sweep of professionals. It brings together not just social workers and nurses but also doctors, audiologists, speech pathologists and other professions. …

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