—     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 …

— Did you know?  AARP Maine is in the news every week talking about issues of concern to Mainers 50+, upcoming events and much more!  We talk about health care, caregiving in Maine, fun, social events, scam and fraud awareness, age-friendly communities and ways we can work together to bring positive initiatives to our state.   Tune in and let your friends know, too! RADIO: WLOB with Ray Richardson – First and Third Mondays at 8:30AM.  Broadcasts out of Portland. WZON with …

— 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 …

—   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 …