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 …

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 …