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 of you who contacted us with questions and concerns over proposals included in the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).   AARP strongly opposed this legislation in all its forms because of the negative impact it would have had on millions of older Americans across the country including hundreds of thousands of Mainers.  You can read our summary here.  AARP considered each Senate vote as an “accountability vote” – one that we track and report to our members across the country.  We were proud to be able to report that both Senator Collins (R) and Senator King (I) voted “no” on this deeply flawed legislation.

If you have concerns or questions about health care, why not join us at one of our community health care conversations?  These open discussions feature a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians and public health officials.  They are a great way to share ideas and we hope you will attend.

An important reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 – December 7, 2017 and ACA Open Enrollment runs from November 1 – December 15, 2017.  If you have questions or need help, please contact you local Area Agency on Aging for assistance.

In other news, we recently announced that our work on advancing age-friendly communities has reached new heights!  With the addition of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington in August, Maine now boasts 40 participants in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities!  We continue to be inspired by the initiatives already underway in towns large and small throughout Maine.  You can read more about this right here in this newsletter.

We hope you will join us at our member social events which will continue throughout the fall. If you are in Portland, Augusta, Bangor, York, or Brunswick, check out our latest opportunities to connect with AARP members in your area at our coffee and on-tap events. You have shared that you enjoy these opportunities and we hope to see you soon!  Please feel free to bring a friend the next time you attend.

We also have new events coming this fall including our annual Fall Social on October 5th, our Annual Volunteer, Member Meeting and Andrus Award Recognition on November 2nd, and a WWI Centennial Documentary Screening on November 15th.  We also have an Eastern Trail Walk on September 23rd and a Bradbury Mountain Hike on October 9th.

As part of our effort to help Mainers stay safe from identity theft and other scams, we are hosting free shredding events in multiple locations this autumn.

If you are interested in working with us on these events, please let us know. As always, we love hearing from you. We also welcome your feedback and ideas, so please stay in touch!

Wishing you and your family all the best,

Lori

Image: AARP Maine Staff

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