Bio | Lenard W. Kaye, Ph.D.

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. His recent books include A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active, Johns Hopkins University Press (2013) and Social Isolation of Older Adults: Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being, Springer Publishing Company (2019). His current book project is the Handbook on Rural Aging, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Dr. Kaye is the director of the Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps), Maine’s statewide, older adult volunteer service and community revitalization program. He is the former Co-Director of Evaluation of the Penquis Regional Linking Project, a federally-funded regional partnership grant working to build a trauma-informed system-of-care network for families affected by substance abuse in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties and was the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded research project: Balancing Act: Impact on Falls in Older Adults with Vision Impairment.

Dr. Kaye was also the lead organizer of the International Symposium on Safe Medicine, and a founding board member of the International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety. He has managed a series of John Hartford Foundation-funded gerontological social work education programs at the University of Maine.

Dr. Kaye, was the 2010 recipient of the Career Achievement Award of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) and has served on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, as well as the advisory boards of a wide range of national and local health and human service programs serving older adults. He is a National Research Mentor for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholars Program, a Research Scientist at Northern Light Medical Center, and Past President of both the Maine and New York State Gerontological Societies. He is the Past Chair of the National Association of Social Worker’s Section on Aging, sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and Journal of Aging Life Care, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.