— Ready to join AARP Maine’s Speakers Bureau?  Why not attend one of our trainings? Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to 40 staff and volunteers. Our goal is to develop a team of volunteer speakers who can represent AARP Maine’s mission and message about the organization as whole and specific issue areas. RSVP is REQUIRED!  Questions? Email me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303   PORTLAND – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th: RSVP …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham:   Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on health care as we followed the Senate and the roller-coaster ride of health care bills and votes.  I want to acknowledge those …

— AARP in Maine is bringing you more opportunities to connect with our community and with people like you. Celebrate, learn, and enjoy! Grandparents’ Walk on the Eastern Trail Kennebunk Elementary School | 177 Alewive Road | Kennebunk Saturday, Sept. 23 | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for a morning walk along the beautiful Eastern Trail in Kennebunk. Grandchildren are encouraged to attend. All are welcome with or without grandies. Lewiston Community Conversation on Healthcare Lewiston Public Library | 200 …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage at each event is on us and friends are welcome. You can also join us at our FREE ongoing social events listed below: Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each month from 4-6 PM at The Black and Tan, 18 Bridge Street, Augusta Augusta Coffee Klatsch: Third Wednesday of each month from 8-10 AM at Lisa’s Restaurant, …

— Forty Communities Commit to Livable, Age-Friendly Practices PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 40 towns and communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  Maine leads the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making a difference in the lives of residents of all ages through creative and collaborative efforts. “In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events. Please join us and bring your friends and family! In April, we worked with the County Sheriff’s Offices in Augusta, Bangor and Portland and together, we shredded over 50,000 pounds this year! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these …

— By Guest Blogger, Betty Balderston, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Elder abuse is a growing problem throughout the U.S. and in Maine. Studies show that 11-24 percent of people over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Maine is the oldest state in the U.S., and over 30,000 older Mainers are victims of elder abuse.  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 90 percent of abusers are family members. All of …

— EXCITING NEWS! This discount has been extended to Sunday, August 27th! Presented by Portland Stage and Maine State Music Theatre. AARP members enjoy $10 off the regular ticket price for the upcoming show The All Night Strut for shows on August 15 through August 27. Regular ticket price is $46-50, AARP price is $36-40. A $3 processing fee per ticket applies to all ticket sales. To purchase tickets: Members can access the tickets directly through Portland Stage using discount code RP2017. …

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— We’re excited to continue Dirigo Speaks 2017! The lineup this year has been fantastic and we appreciate all of you who have come out to join us at the Bangor Public Library. Please stay tuned here for upcoming announcements and details on more speakers and local events. Dirigo Speaks Presents: A reading of “The Dogs Pond,” by Travis G. Baker WHEN: Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM WHERE: Minsky Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, …

—     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 …