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Jennifer Crittenden

Assistant Director, Center on Aging, University of Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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Crittenden’s research interests encompass a wide variety of issues related to aging including rural aging issues, kinship caregiving, family caregiving, health and well-being, substance abuse among older adults, and social service program evaluation. Of particular interest is the issue of older adult civic engagement, specifically examining how older adults undertake volunteering in the community and the impact that volunteering has on the health and well-being of older adults and the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Gerontological Society is a member of the Gerontological Society of America.


The Value of Volunteer Engagement by Older Americans

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Guest to discuss training older adults on Maine National Public Radio, Jennifer Crittenden, January 18, 2016.
"The Advantages of Being an Older Dater, and Tips for Finding Romance," Jennifer Crittenden, Bangor Daily News, July 29, 2015.
"Retirees: These Gadgets Will Help You Stay in Your Home Longer," Jennifer Crittenden, Bangor Daily News, June 26, 2015.
"Maine’s Older Adults Need Affordable Housing Options," Jennifer Crittenden, Bangor Daily News, March 5, 2015.
"Dig Those Gardens: Maine Seniors Fight Food Insecurity," Jennifer Crittenden, Interview with Mark Scheerer, Maine Public News Service, May 19, 2014.
"Will You Still Need Me When I’m 64: Maine Volunteer Group Says Yes," Jennifer Crittenden, Interview with Mark Scheerer, Maine Public News Service, March 13, 2012.
Jennifer Crittenden quoted on Maine’s drug disposal legislation by Brett Walton, "Unprescribed: Legislation to Keep Drugs Out of Water Thwarted by U.S. Pharmaceutical Lobbying" Circle of Blue, November 10, 2011.
Guest to discuss "Encore Leadership Corps" on WVOM’s Senior Talk, Jennifer Crittenden, June 1, 2011.
Guest to discuss "Caregiver Needs and Resources" on WVOM’s Senior Talk, Jennifer Crittenden, August 17, 2010.


"Substance Abuse Exposure among Youth Being Raised by Grandparents in Rural Communities: Findings from a Three-Year Evaluation" (with Len Kaye, Melissa Adle, and Barbara Kates). Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 7, no. 2 (2009): 291-305.
Covers evaluation findings from a three-year project that supported grandparents raising their grandchildren in rural Maine. Themes from the research include the need for careful relationship building between staff and grandparents in rural areas as well as a low-barrier service approach for engaging this population.
"Encore Leadership Corps Evaluation Report," (with David Wihry and Lenard Kaye), University of Maine Center on Aging, 2013.
Outlines findings from the Encore Leadership Corps program evaluation including community and personal impacts of this volunteer older adult leadership development effort.
"Invisible Older Men: What We Know about Older Men’s Use of Healthcare and Social Services" (with with Lenard Kaye and Jason Charland). Generations 30, no. 1 (2008): 9-14.
Provides an overview of the special issues faced by older men and how health and social service providers can best reach and engage this population.
"Reducing Prescription Drug Misuse Through the Use of a Citizen Mail-Back Program in Maine: Safe Medicine Disposal for ME, a Handbook and Summary Report," (with with Lenard Kaye and Stevan Gressitt), University of Maine Center on Aging, 2010.
Provides pilot study results from the first-of-its-kind medicine mailback program, Safe Medicine Disposal for ME. The report includes an analysis of the number and types of drugs collected as well as a procedural outline of the program.
"Principles of Clinical Practice with Older Men" (with Len Kaye). Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 32 (2004): 99-124.
Reviews key clinical issues faced by older men along with suggested practice techniques and approaches for front line providers in social work and counseling practice with older men.
"Building a Rural Community Caregiver Network: Student Learning in Small Town America" (with Len Kaye, Nancy Kelly, and Deirdre Boylan). Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 35, no. 3 (2014): 240-245.
Discusses a unique rural student practicum program for MSW and undergraduate students interested in aging.