September is Hunger Action Month: You Can Help

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

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Maine | Volunteering 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 …

Know Before You Go: Voter Guides Available

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Maine AARP has produced voters guides to help clarify candidates’ positions on issues affecting Mainers age 50-plus. In addition, AARP Maine is touring communities across the state to engage voters in discussing issues. The guides provide side-by-side comparisons of gubernatorial candidates’ strategies to improve long-term care and keep utilities affordable. They also show how candidates for the U.S. House and Senate would strengthen financial security and health care. “These are important races, and we hope voters will find it useful to …

AARP Maine Embarks on Our 2014 Elections Tour! Please join us!

Posted on 08/29/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Maine     Election Day is just around the corner and AARP Maine is getting ready to embark on a statewide elections tour throughout October and into November!  We’re stopping in communities from York County all the way to Aroostook and we hope to meet you and your family along the way! What’s on your mind this election season?  Protecting Social Security?  Finding ways to stay in your own home and community in the years ahead?  Protecting Medicare?  We are hosting …

Happy 104th Birthday to Cora Brown of the AARP Greater Portland Chapter!!

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Maine                 Happy Birthday to Cora Brown who turned 104 this week! Cora is one of 2 remaining charter members of the Chapter, which was established 51 years ago. The other, Lora Coffin, is 92 and still attends meetings, as Cora did at that age. The Chapter has honored them both by according them lifetime membership status.  On behalf of all of us at AARP, we send you our warmest wishes!   Are you …

Are You a Smart Driver?

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family | Maine | Volunteering     Driver Safety: An opportunity to learn new techniques and to volunteer in 2014! We can all agree that increasing the number of safe and conscientious drivers on the road can make our communities safer for all. Since 1979, AARP has offered a comprehensive and affordable driver safety course designed to teach and renew one’s defensive driving techniques. AARP Smart Driver is geared to drivers 50+, but is available to drivers of any age who wish to brush up …

Dementia Caregivers Especially Stressed and Depressed, Report Finds

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Maine   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 …