Lenard W. Kaye

Professor of Social Work, Director of the Center on Aging, University of Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN
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About Lenard

Dr. Lenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. A prolific writer in the field of health care and aging, he has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters and 15 books on specialized topics in aging including social isolation, home health care, productive aging, rural practice, family caregiving, controversial issues in aging, support groups for older women, and congregate housing. His pioneering research and writing on older men’s caregiving experiences and help-seeking behaviors, is widely recognized and frequently cited.

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