NEWS RELEASE: 09/11/13
Contact: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director
(207) 229-5628/ firstname.lastname@example.org
David Nealley, Publisher Maine Seniors Magazine
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First Annual Maine Seniors Day September 14th
Annual Event Raises Awareness, Celebrates Older Residents
PORTLAND: Maine Seniors Magazine, AARP Maine and many other organizations throughout the state are celebrating the first annual Maine Seniors Day on September 14th. The Act to Establish Maine Seniors Day was sponsored by Representative Richard Campbell (R-Orrington) and signed into law by Governor Paul LePage on May 24th. The Act designates the second Saturday of every September a special day inviting Maine people, businesses and organizations to show their appreciation for Maine’s seniors.
David Nealley, publisher of Maine Seniors Magazine, spearheaded the effort to officially recognize Maine’s older residents with a designated day each year. Nealley worked with many other collaborators including John Nale, volunteer President of the Maine Association of the Area Agencies on Aging and Dr.Len Kaye, Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine, to make the case for the law. “Maine Seniors Day serves as much more than just a symbol,” said Nealley. “Having an official day in honor of our seniors gives every one of us the opportunity to recognize their achievements and raise awareness about the issues they face.”
With a membership of over 230,000 in the state, AARP Maine was pleased to support the Act. “An actual designated day such as this offers the chance to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, experiences and contributions of older Maine residents,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “So many older Mainers are volunteers, innovators and community leaders. Maine Seniors Day offers a perfect occasion to honor their talents and hard work.”
In celebration of Maine Seniors Day, AARP Maine has joined the Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance which is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing fraud in Maine with their DASH Fraud program. The Alliance’s website, www.dashfraud.com launches on Maine Seniors Day.
Nealley is equally hopeful that local businesses will want to honor seniors in whatever ways they feel will be an enhancement to their respective communities. “Seniors throughout the state should be recognized for their service and contributions to the state of Maine,” he said. “Our seniors heighten the quality of life for many of us through their volunteerism, values and experiences. This is a great opportunity for us to work together to show our appreciation.”
A press event will be held at the AARP Maine State Office this Friday, September 13th, at 2:30. Photo Opportunity. 1685 Congress Street, Portland, ME
For more information about Maine Seniors Day, go to www.maineseniorsday.com
For more information about AARP Maine, go to www.aarp.org/me
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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