—     Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

— Communities across Maine, large and small, face a formidable challenge: How to meet the growing needs of their residents as they age.  While we hear of “snowbirds” going south for the winter, many Mainers reside here year-round and others are considering Maine as a place to retire. Maine towns would benefit from looking ahead to develop strategies that support age-friendly communities where there are adequate housing and transportation options, and opportunities for older Mainers to participate in community and civic …

— Summer 2017 is finally here! We are excited to send you our latest e-newsletter about our work in Maine and hope you will stay in touch with us in the months ahead. I want to begin this edition by acknowledging those of you who have contacted us with your questions and concerns over proposals included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  The bill passed the House of Representatives several weeks ago and now awaits action in the Senate.  AARP …

— RELEASE: May 16, 2017 Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org     AARP Maine Hosts Annual Day at the State House Focus on Maine Age-Friendly Communities   AUGUSTA: AARP Maine hosted their annual Day at the State House today with a focus on Maine’s 37 community participants in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  The Day at the State House offered the opportunity for AARP members and volunteers to meet and greet legislators, attend …

— 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: 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 …

— Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time! We’re working in your neighborhood and hope you’ll join us. Here are some of the fun opportunities we have coming up that we hope you’ll join us for. All are welcome! Tuesday, February 14th: Tuesday’s at the Statehouse What better way to celebrate Valentines Day then by showing a little love to our state legislators in Augusta? Our monthly “Tuesday’s at the Statehouse,” event …

— In a recent AARP survey, Augusta residents 50 and older said key factors in deciding where to live as they age include quality housing, affordability, safety and being close to family. Other needs reported by respondents included information about community services; low-cost social and recreational opportunities; safe, accessible sidewalks; and separate pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians on area roadways. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities aims to help cities, towns and rural areas become more “livable.” A livable community is …

— In 2016, we have seen a remarkable surge in the efforts of Maine towns and neighborhoods to advance age-friendly initiatives. About 18% of Maine’s population lives in one of the 24 communities that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an environment that encourages them to remain active and socially engaged in an enjoyable setting.  By adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options and more opportunities for residents …

— Season’s Greetings from AARP Maine, As 2016 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine. 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 24 communities …