— About 178,000 Mainers serve as family caregivers, providing services worth $2.2 billion annually for their parents, spouses and other adults. Such services include preparing meals, managing medications, help with bathing and transportation to medical appointments. In addition, a recent AARP study showed U.S. family caregivers spend nearly 20 percent of their income on caregiving activities, contributing on average nearly $7,000 annually to their loved ones’ care. The costs are much higher if the loved one has dementia or lives far …

— Our Maine Caregiver Resource Guide is available!  Please send an email to me@aarp.org if you would like us to send you an electronic copy or you can contact us and we’ll send you a hard copy. Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 7 p.m. ET Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— 2017 started off with a bang! Our team of staff and volunteers has worked tirelessly to protect programs that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels. We implemented new programming in many communities in an effort to connect more directly with our members. We expanded our Age-Friendly Community Network to 30 over communities across Maine and we continue to boast more age-friendly communities than any other state in the nation. As you will see, much of this year’s …

— This week at the State House continued our work to pass a family caregiver tax credit. Work Session The week began with the work session for LD 442, An Act to Create a Family Caregiver Tax Credit. The Taxation Committee voted to table the bill pending an amendment. The committee’s primary concerns include the creation of a new tax credit, if there is overlap with currently available state or federal tax credits, and the fiscal note. We don’t yet have …

—   February 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org       AARP Maine Testifies in Support of a Family Caregiver Tax Credit Legislation Would Provide Financial Relief to Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: Today, AARP Maine testified before the Committee on Taxation in support of legislation that would provide some financial relief to family caregivers in the state.  AARP estimates that each year 178,000 Mainers care for older parents, spouses or other …

— AARP Maine is pleased to support a Caregiver Tax Credit, which would provide an income tax credit of up to $2,500 for eligible caregiver expenses for family caregivers earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for a couple). The first step in the process is a public hearing. The Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing for the Caregiver Tax Credit on Monday, February 27th beginning at 1:00pm. We welcome our members to join us for the public hearing to demonstrate to …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/07/2017 Contact:          Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director lparham@aarp.org 400-1026 Amy Gallant, AARP Maine Advocacy Director agallant@aarp.org 318-0284   AARP Maine Responds to Governor’s 2017 State-of-the-State Address: Raises Concerns of Mainers 50+ and Offers Policy Solutions   PORTLAND: AARP Maine is responding tonight to Governor Paul LePage’s State of the State address delivered this evening in Augusta. “Given Maine is the oldest state, AARP Maine appreciates the Governor’s concern for older Mainers,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “However, policies that …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 7 p.m. ET Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

—   January 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Amy Gallant (207) 318-0284 agallant@aarp.org Lori Parham (207) 400-1026 lparham@aarp.org     AARP Maine Releases 2017 Legislative Agenda Focus on caregivers, housing, financial security, and affordable utilities for Mainers 50+   PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session begins, AARP Maine announces its 2017 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for working caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates.   “On behalf of our more than …