—   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 …

— 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 …

— On April 6, 1917 the Congress of the United States declared war and entered the Great War. A legislator from Dixfield rose in the State House of Representatives and said, “I was old enough to fight in the Civil War and I am young enough to fight again.” The Maine National Guard was called up and more than 32,000 Mainers served out of a population of 777,000. Over 1,000 Mainers would not return home. Earlier today this occasion was observed at the …

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— Last year, we were lucky enough to partner with the Bangor Daily News our first Maine speaker series, “Dirigo Speaks.” The series featured Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), former Senator and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senator Angus King (I-Maine). It also featured not-so-well-known inspirations like Emily Kimball (the “Aging Adventurer”) and veteran political cartoonist George Danby. The goal was to convene conversations about some of the important issues facing Maine as well as highlight some of the incredible people …

— 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 …

— AARP Maine invites members to two special social events this month. Get your first beverage for free at an “On Tap” event at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Portland on Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Then enjoy the outdoors by joining the Rise & Shine Walk on the Eastern Trail in Kennebunk on Saturday, March 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The walk begins and ends at Kennebunk Elementary School. Similar events are scheduled or are being …

— 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 …

— Our calendar is packed between now and March, which means we can’t wait to see you! Join us at any (or all!) of these upcoming events! Clicking on the link for each event will take you to the registration page. Let us know you’re coming! December Thursday, 12/15: Portland On Tap — Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland — 4:00PM-6:00PM Friday, 12/16: Portland Free Coffee Friday — Arabica Coffee, Portland — 7:00AM-9:00AM Saturday, 12/17: Wassailing In The Woods — Scarborough Marsh, …