Guest Feature: National Preparedness Month

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing September is National Preparedness Month, but Maine is always prepared   The following was submitted to AARP Maine by Richard Higgins, Individual Assistance Officer/State VAL Maine Emergency Management Agency   National Preparedness Month is an annual national campaign in September to remind people to prepare themselves, their communities, and their workplaces for any kind of emergency event or disaster. We’re glad to have a whole month that highlights the importance of being prepared, but it’s just as important every other …

Giving Back – AARP Maine at Preble Street for Annual Day of Service

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP’s Annual Day of Service – Giving Back Across the Country Each year on September 11th, every AARP office across the country closes its doors and we all participate in a Day of Service, donating a full work day to a designated project in our own communities. Here in Maine, for the second year in a row our office has selected Preble Street Resource Center where we work alongside the remarkable people who prepare and serve meals there three times …

MPBN Radio Features Poignant Maine Caregiving Story

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The first in a series of three stories on caregiving aired 9/12 on MPBN’s radio news program Maine Things Considered presents the first in a series of stories from caregivers in Maine. This first broadcast features a mother and daughter from Windham who face distinct challenges. http://news.mpbn.net/post/desire-age-place-presents-challenges-maine-caregivers Are you a caregiver?  Like many in Maine, we face considerable challenges which is why AARP created an online resource called the AARP Caregiver Resource Center.  www.aarp.org/caregiving for more information.   Please listen …

September is Hunger Action Month: You Can Help

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Combating Hunger in Maine One person going hungry in Maine is one person too many.  Ours is a state with a far-flung population and many who live here are on low or fixed incomes.  In fact, one third of Mainers 65+ rely on Social Security for 100 percent of their income, just over $1000 per month. The economic downtown of the last several years hit many retirees hard. They’ve watched their savings dwindle or even disappear and, depending on their …

Dementia Caregivers Especially Stressed and Depressed, Report Finds

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Amy Goyer   Family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with cognitive and behavioral health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression, face particularly demanding challenges, according to a  new report from AARP and The United Hospital Fund. As a result of all the demands on them, a majority of these caregivers say they feel stressed much of the time as they try to juggle their caregiving responsibilities with other work or family obligations. As primary caregiver for my dad, who …

Walking Can Reap Great Rewards

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing If a daily fitness walk could be put in a pill, it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world. It has so many health benefits. Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases — from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. These may sound like claims on a bottle of snake oil, but they’re backed by major research. Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits …