— 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 community partners to host free shredding events.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and …

— AARP Maine is hosting community conversations to address the high cost of prescription drugs. Mainers know firsthand what it’s like to get caught in a financial crunch when it comes to paying for prescription drugs, and the increasing cost of medications is hitting older Mainers particularly hard. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and costs are rising four times as fast as overall inflation. We’ve invited State Legislators and community members to discuss the challenges Mainers …

— The AARP HomeFit program was developed to educate attendees on how to navigate all living spaces independently to allow them to remain in their own homes as they age.  Participants receive information on how to easily evaluate their own home for “livability” should they themselves or one of their family members become unable to use stairs, or must rely on assistive devices. It is designed help individuals plan for independence, choice, and dignity as they age. At the event you …

—   The North End is a delightful labyrinth of narrow streets and exotic marketplaces. Walk among the Italian markets, see colonial buildings and hear the story of a changing neighborhood from the time of Cotton Mather, to the exploits of Paul Revere, the rise of the Fitzgeralds, the fall of molasses, and present day re-gentrification. Join us Saturday, May 11 at 2 PM for this 90 minute tour. Meet at the statue of boxer Tony DeMarco at the intersection of …

— Parks and public spaces for people of all ages and abilities are a key component of a community that is livable. For National Park Week 2019 (April 20-28), AARP in California is celebrating the importance of ALL parks and public spaces! According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, 89% of adults age 50+ in California said that it is important to have parks, recreational space, or other open spaces available for use in their community. We also know that …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to spring! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the 50 or more activists and volunteers who join us during the legislative session for our weekly Tuesdays at the State …

— Imagine aging on your own terms Aging doesn’t have to be overwhelming, this should be a time to reinvent yourself, enjoy time with family, and live life on your own terms. Stop by AARP Virginia’s exhibit at the Transitions expo on Wednesday, May 15 in the food court of Potomac Mills. This is a free education expo that showcases resources available to older adults, families, and caregivers in the Prince William area. Exhibits provide insights and answers for enhancing your …

— A large number of Americans are unprepared financially for retirement. Are you on track? Check in with AARP Oregon to learn what you need to know about critical programs such as Social Security, Medicare and work past retirement. There are three options in May in the Portland Metro region. They are free, but you must register on one of the locations below. What: Financial Fitness Workshop & Light Dinner May 16 PCC SE Campus   2305 SE 82nd Ave, 4 …

— A hundred AARP Michigan volunteers gathered at AARP College/Shining Star Gala in Ypsilanti April 18-19 for a unique learning and networking opportunity, along with some fun and entertainment. The conference at Eagle Crest Resort lived up to its “Past, Present and Future” theme, as the participants heard from everyone from AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus to Dr. Huei Peng, an expert on driverless cars. “It was an eventful two days, packed with experiences relevant to our mission, important information and …