July 30th: Happy 49th Birthday Medicare!

Posted on 07/30/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing July 30 of this year marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson sitting next to former President Harry S. Truman and signing Medicare into law. In 1945, President Truman had proposed a national health insurance that did not discriminate in regard to beneficiaries but it would take twenty years for his vision to be realized in the form of Medicare. Today, millions of Americans could not imagine life without it! Nationwide, nearly 50 million people or 15% of …

AARP Maine Releases Results of 2014 Registered Voter Survey

Posted on 07/22/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2014 CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Lori Parham: AARP Maine State Director (207) 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org AARP Announces Results of 2014 Survey of Registered Maine Voters 50 and Older   Maine’s Most Active Voting Demographic Weighs in on Issues Important to Them, Indicates Candidates Must Address Issues to Win Their Votes   PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today the results of their 2014 Survey of Registered Maine Voters …

Local Pride. Community Proud.

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Local Pride. Community Proud.   AARP Maine sponsored the pride festivals in both Portland and Bangor in June and we’re excited to keep the momentum going! Staff, volunteers and interns worked together to create a community “listening post” that asked this question: Together, how we can make Maine an even better place to live for LGBT adults as they age?   Hundreds of AARP members and allies of all ages took a few minutes to answer the question and some …

June is Great Outdoors Month – It’s Time to Start Walking!

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Go for a Stroll in Maine’s Great Outdoors June is National Great Outdoors Month, and what better place to celebrate than Maine? There are so many ways to get outside, enjoy the warm weather, and see some stunning parts of “Vacationland”. No matter what age you are or what your interests may be, you can find a way to celebrate the great outdoors this month! Maine is known for its beautiful coastline, so taking a walk in the sand on …

New AARP Scorecard Shows Maine Must Improve Long-Term Care System, Support for Caregivers

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Where You Live May Decide the Kind of Care You Get When You are Older or Have Disabilities New Scorecard Gives Maine High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents, but More Must Be Done to Improve Long-Term Services and Supports, Especially for Family Caregivers   PORTLAND – Maine ranks 10th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns that more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve how Maine effectively …

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing It is a disturbing fact that millions of Americans have experienced some form of elder abuse, and it is still happening. Too many older Americans are being abused, neglected, or exploited by someone they thought they could trust. With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Sunday June 15th, it is time to acknowledge this serious issue and speak up to help put an end to elder abuse. As with other types of abuse, the majority of elder abuse cases go …