Lenard Kaye


  • Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, N.Y. Doctor of Social Welfare (D.S.W./Ph.D.), (Social Policy-Planning-Organization, Social Gerontology, Organizational Theory). 1982.
  • Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, N.Y. Brookdale Post Masters Program in Gerontological Practice (Certificate). 1976.
  • New York University School of Social Work, New York, N.Y. Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), (Casework-Group Work). 1974.
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), (Psychology). 1972.


Dr. Lenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work, Director of the Center on Aging, Interim Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and a member of the Leadership Committee of the Institute of Medicine at the University of Maine. A prolific writer in the fields of health and human services and aging, he has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters and 17 books on specialized topics in aging including a specialized focus on older adult part-time work and the federal SCSEP initiative, social isolation and loneliness, home health care, productive aging, aging in rural America, 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 Social Isolation of Older Adults: Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being, Springer Publishing Company (2019) and the Handbook of Rural Aging, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (2021). He is the past Co-Principal Investigator of The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation Designation of Excellence in Person-Centered Long-Term Care and currently the Lead Evaluator of AgingME, Maine’s Geriatrics Workforce Development Project.

His research and training projects have been funded through the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA), Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA), U.S.DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and multiple national and regional foundations. He is a Past President of both the Maine and New York State Gerontological Societies and 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.

Areas of Research

Aging; Long term care; Age friendly health systems, universities, and communities; Technology and aging-in-place

Selected Publications

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