AARP Maine Testifies Against Proposed Cuts to Critical Programs for Vulnerable Mainers

Posted on 03/4/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving March 4, 2015 Testimony In Opposition to Proposed Changes to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and the Drugs for the Elderly (DEL) Program, Part TT of the Proposed Department of Health & Human Services Budget. Good Afternoon Senator Hamper, Representative Rotundo, Senator Brakey, Representative Gattine and Members of the Joint Standing Committees on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and Health and Human Services. My name is Rich Livingston.  For the last three years, it has been my honor to serve as …

Sign our Petition! We Cannot Afford Cuts to Programs for Those Most At Risk!

Posted on 03/2/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving We want you to meet Margie Higgins.Margie is a native Mainer, born in Bar Harbor and now living in Bangor. Like more than 30 percent of seniors over 65 in Maine, Margie lives solely off of her once-a-month Social Security check. For her, that’s just $1,291 per month. Like many folks here in Maine, Margie has healthcare needs that would normally far exceed her ability to pay out-of-pocket for: heart trouble, blood pressure and osteoporosis which force her to take four …

Making Maine More Livable

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AGE-FRIENDLY AARP Maine has retained a veteran city planner to help cities and towns across the state adopt policies that make it easier for residents to age in place. Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, the effort helps municipalities take stock of their resources and plan for changes in housing, health care, transportation and community resources to meet the needs of Maine’s rapidly aging population. “The median age in Maine is 44—the oldest in the nation,” said Lori Parham, AARP …

Healthy Behaviors Could Fight Dementia

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP has teamed up with New Hampshire Public Television to produce a 30-minute show on healthy behaviors that may help ward off dementia. The program highlights lifestyle changes such as exercising, managing diabetes, quitting smoking, challenging the mind and relieving stress. “Lifestyle changes that are good for people facing dementia can also improve their caregivers’ lives,” said Todd Fahey, AARP state director. “Those caring for a relative with dementia often face higher levels of stress and depression, as well as …

How to Foil Identity Thieves & AARP Maine Testifies on Credit Freeze Bill

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Finances 50+         Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Education Effort to Foil Tax Identity Thieves AARP Maine to Testify on Legislation to Amend State’s Credit Freeze Law   PORTLAND— To coincide with common scams that surface during tax season, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a 60-second new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people …

AARP Maine Testifies in Support of Access to Landline Telephone Service

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Finances 50+ Statement of Lori Parham, Ph.D., State Director, AARP Maine on Provider of Last Resort Service before the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee February 24, 2015 Good afternoon Chairs Woodsome & Dion and members of the Committee. My name is Lori Parham and I am the State Director for AARP in Maine representing more than 230,000 members 50+ statewide. AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan member organization representing the interests of 50+ Mainers and their families. As you consider the PUC report …