NEWS RELEASE: 06/14/13
Contact: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director
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David Nealley, Publisher Maine Seniors Magazine
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Maine Seniors Day Signed into Law
Annual September Event will Raise Awareness, Celebrate Older Residents
PORTLAND: Maine Seniors Magazine, AARP Maine and many other organizations throughout the state are announcing today the first annual Maine Seniors Day. 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. “Many seniors in Maine encounter unique challenges in a state that is large geographically and has a far-flung population,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “Older residents often struggle to keep up with everyday living expenses such as the cost of buying food, heating their homes and other necessities. We believe that Maine Seniors Day will provide an opportunity to highlight some of these challenges as we seek long-term solutions.”
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.”
The first annual Maine Seniors Day will take place this year on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
For more information about Maine Seniors Day, go to www.maineseniorsday.com
For more information about AARP Maine, go to www.aarp.org/me
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