Meet AARP Maine’s Winner of the 2014 Andrus Award: Dottie Megna

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Maine | Volunteering   AARP Maine Announces Winner of Annual Andrus Award for Community Service Honor Goes to Retired Educator and Portland Resident, Dottie Megna   AARP Maine has announced that retired educator and Portland resident, Dottie Megna, is the winner of the 2014 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives of others, and it is the most prestigious and visible award AARP can present …

Now Playing: New Film From AARP Maine Spotlights the Extraordinary Story of Friends of Aroostook

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Events | Maine | Volunteering An inspiring new short film,”With Friends Like These: Dale Flewelling & Friends of Aroostook,” is the story of retired businessman Dale Flewelling’s passionate and charming crusade to enlist friends, volunteers, leaders and businesses to help seniors in Aroostook and Washington Counties suffering daily from food insecurity. The film, produced by AARP Maine and directed by award-winning AARP filmmaker John Martin (Hungry in the West End), was shot this past July in Houlton. Watch now.   A Heart-Felt Harvest – AARP Maine …

Tips to Stay Safe From Holiday Fraud – Check out our Informative Video

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Maine | Volunteering It’s the holiday season and, unfortunately, it’s high season for scam artists. With a jump in consumer shopping, spending and giving in December, this is also a month filled with opportunities for scammers.  There are simple tips that can help you avoid common scams.  For example, do you like to give gift cards to friends or family?  Don’t take the cards for the kiosks in stores.  Ask for them at the register.  Why?  Because scammers copy or scan the numbers on …

Help Sought for In-home Services

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Maine With a new legislative session under way, AARP Maine is urging lawmakers to improve access to services that help people continue to live in their own homes as they age. Such services include home-delivered meals and help with daily activities such as bathing and transportation. “These services are critical for our most vulnerable citizens,” said John Hennessy, AARP associate state director for advocacy. In a recent AARP survey, 3 out of 4 registered voters age 50-plus in Maine said funding …

AARP Recognizes the Almost 200,000 Caregivers in Maine

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Maine   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014   Contact: Lori Parham AARP Maine State Director 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org   NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH AARP Recognizes Remarkable Silent Army of Mainers; Launches “I Heart Caregivers”   ***Audio and video available***   PORTLAND –November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, almost 200,000 in Maine, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as …

I Heart Caregivers – Please Share Your Story

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Maine Every day, a silent and remarkable army of Americans performs a great labor of love: Caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends so they can remain in their own homes.  They are on duty 24/7, and often they cannot take a break. Yet they wouldn’t have it any other way. These caregivers are truly unsung heroes. Many caregivers face enormous challenges.  For some it is hard to keep a job.  For others, it is a daily struggle just to get …