—   Last summer, we led a small troupe of volunteers and staff up to a small farm in Houlton, Maine in the hopes of doing our small part in lessening the burden that thousands of older Mainers face each day when it comes to the most basic of needs: hunger. Hunger is a silent but deadly plague preying on tens of thousands of Mainers, especially children and older adults. According to 2015/2016 research, more than 16% of Maine households are …

— RECAP of the American Healthcare Act Voices of Americans were heard when the Controversial bill was pulled. by David Frank, Mary C. Hickey, AARP, March 24, 2017 with additional copy provided by AARP Maine The much-anticipated vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — touted as a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — was postponed indefinitely on Friday, March 24th, after leaders of the House of Representatives determined they did not have the votes to pass it. AARP, which …

— AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill Press Center, March 24, 2017 Media Contacts: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560, @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older …

— 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 …

— The AccessAble Home Tax Credit is a Maine income tax credit available to individuals who earn $55,000 or less for expenses paid for modifications to their residence to make it accessible for a person with a physical disability or physical hardship who lives or will live at the residence. The Maine Legislature enacted the AccessAble Home Tax Credit to take effect beginning January 1, 2017 for expenses paid in the 2017 calendar year. The credit is noted on 2017 tax …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Launches Campaign Urging Opposition to “Age Tax” Congressional Proposal Would Charge Older Americans Thousands of Dollars More for Health Insurance Washington, DC —AARP today launched a campaign against the “age tax,” a proposed unfair penalty on older adults that would line the pockets of big insurance companies, allowing them to charge older Americans over $3,000 more than they currently pay per year. .AARP launched a new series …

— 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 …

Why Medicare Matters

— While we work on many issues at the state level here in Maine, we also work on national issues. These are the issues that impact all 50+ community members. Right now, a couple of these issues are front-and-center with the transition to a new Presidential administration and Congress. For instance, Medicare. Sign our petition and tell the President and Congress how important Medicare is to you! Medicare is a massively successful program and has been for more than fifty years. Yet, proposals …

—   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 …

— The first day of autumn is national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, founded by the National Council on Aging in 2008. Falls Prevention Awareness Week was embraced here in Maine by the Piscataquis Thriving in Place Collaborative. The week’s events featured four days of fall risk screenings, which included pharmacist medication reviews, balance and vision screening at various community centers including a church, fitness center, health center and town hall. A highlight of the week was The Falling Monologues, a play that addresses falls …