Lenard W. Kaye

Professor of Social Work, University of Maine School of Social Work and Director, University of Maine Center on Aging, University of Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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Kaye is a gerontological health and human services researcher and educator. His teaching focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging society, and human services leadership, administration and management. He has presented public testimony at the state and federal level on aging-related issues that have public health implications. He has carried out numerous federally-funded and contracted projects for Maine state agencies in the areas of the proper collection and disposal of prescription drugs, geriatric mental health training, alcohol abuse, adult protective services data management, and policy reports on such issues as older adult civic engagement and geriatric health care.

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Lenard W. Kaye quoted on scarcity of ICU beds in counties for seniors by Fred Schulte, Elizabeth Lucas, Jordan Rau, Liz Szabo and Jay Hancock, "Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Millions of Older Americans Live in Counties with no ICU Beds" The Courier Journal, March 21, 2020.
Lenard W. Kaye quoted on the isolation of rural elderly by Helen Dennis, "Successful Aging: Challenging Assumptions about Loneliness and Isolation in Older Americans" San Gabriel Valley Tribune, April 12, 2018.
Lenard W. Kaye quoted on at-risk baby boomers by Meg Haskell, "The Invisible Victims of Maine’s Opiate Crisis" Bangor Daily News, March 4, 2016.
"Now is the Time for Maine Communities to Step Up, Become Age-Friendly," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, November 10, 2015.
Lenard W. Kaye quoted on the longevity of baby-boomers by Meg Haskell, "Aging Expert: Boomers Will Demand New Housing Options" Bangor Daily News, October 13, 2015.
"Let’s Keep the Faith in Social Security’s Future," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, August 18, 2015.
"A No-Brainer Solution to Help Maine’s Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, April 28, 2015.
"It’s Time for a Serious Transportation Policy for Maine’s Older, Disabled Adults," Lenard W. Kaye (with David C. Wihry), Bangor Daily News, December 9, 2014.
"Can Maine Keep Its Aging Population Safe?," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, May 27, 2014.
"Older Mainers are an Answer to the State's Economic Woes," Lenard W. Kaye (with Carol H. Kim), Bangor Daily News, December 10, 2013.
"How Programs for the Old Serve All," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, July 23, 2013.
"Old Age is an Excellent Time for Outrage," Lenard W. Kaye, Bangor Daily News, April 16, 2013.


A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active (with Edward H. Thompson and Jr.) (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming).
Offers a self-help guide for midlife and older men on how to achieve a healthy old age.
"Older Adult Sexuality, Intimacy, and Sexual Orientation" Geriatric Care Management Journal: Special Edition 22, no. 1 (Spring 2012).
Presents a collection of articles, edited by Dr. Kaye, addressing the sexual experience and issues of intimacy in old age.
"Pharmaceuticals in the Water: Relevance to Older Adults" (with Ilene S. Ruhoy). Generations 33, no. 4 (2010): 26-32.
Addresses issues and impacts for older adults and other citizens surrounding the improper disposal of prescription drugs in the nation’s waterways.
Perspectives on Productive Aging: Social Work with the New Aged (NASW Press, 2005).
Presents a collection addressing a range of issues impacting contemporary gerontological social work practice and views of positive aging.