— 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 …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— The Labor Day weekend is often a great time for families to get together for cookouts and fun activities.  Our own Amy Gallant has chosen three of her favorite vegetarian recipes just for you!  Give them a try and let us know via Facebook how they turn out! Balsamic marinated tempeh- select your preferred tempeh (I choose the original because it’s gluten free). Cut into sections- squares, triangles, or keep whole. Mix together 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil …

— KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER WITH AARP MAINE!  Join us for fun summer events including a sailing race, baseball game, garden tour, and more! Atlantic Cup Sailing Race, Portland Find us at the Race Village for live music and race commentary as we watch the final leg of the Atlantic Cup. The Race Village includes a beer garden, food stands, and a kid zone. When: Friday, June 10, 2016 and Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM Where: Fort …

— Please go to Age-Friendly Maine and ‘like’ us! Did you know that Maine is the oldest state? And that our median age is 43 years old? At AARP Maine, we see opportunities in this data. In Maine, the Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. Well-designed, livable communities …

— Each day, thousands of Mainers are caught between caring for their children and caring for their parents work.  Juggling the varying needs of those between the ages of nine and ninety is no simple task. In fact, it can be a full time job. In today’s culture, it’s usually taboo to talk about the details of passing on. A new film, “Nine to Ninety,” meets that taboo head on through the story of Phyllis Sabatini as she wrestles with the tough …

— Fifty years ago this month, in January 1966, the hugely popular folk trio of Peter, Paul and Mary – five years into a five-decade career of international music-making and tirelessly promoting a wide range of social justice causes – appeared on the BBC television program Tonight in Person. Their songs included “Early Morning Rain,” a recent hit for them on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart: Noel Paul Stookey – the “Paul” in Peter, Paul and Mary, who sang lead in …

— Although the Academy Award nominations won’t be announced until next Thursday, January 14, the pre-Oscars award season already is in full swing. This week AARP announced the winners of its fifteenth annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, which honor the best in films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience. This year’s Movies for Grownups® Awards winners include a few films that are still showing in Maine theaters: • Spotlight, a drama following a Boston Globe investigative unit in 2002 as …

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— In an age of expanding cellphone use, AARP aims to ensure Mainers who rely on landlines for medical needs, safety or to reduce isolation continue to have that option. FairPoint Communications, the largest landline telephone provider in Maine, is asking lawmakers to release it and other telecommunications companies from an obligation to provide basic landline service throughout the state. FairPoint currently provides basic local service to 25,000 customers in Maine, many of whom live in rural areas where cellular service …

— The holiday season provides a time for many family members who live apart to become reacquainted with each other, enjoying cherished meals, participating in long-held traditions, shopping at post-Christmas sales and doing a good deal of driving from one place to another. Over the course of a week of expeditions, children and grandchildren of older drivers may become concerned with impairments faced by many of us as we age, whether visual, cognitive or mobility-related. Families are faced with a complex …