Greetings from AARP Maine!

As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been front and center for our office here in Maine and across the nation.

Most recently, AARP sent a letter to the entire Senate outlining our concerns regarding the tax bill which passed  in the beginning of December.  As of this writing, there is much more to come on this critical bill as it moves through the legislative process.  You can count on AARP Maine to monitor the situation closely.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at 1-866-554-5380 or me@aarp.org.

If you are one of the thousands of individuals who raised your voice by contacting Maine’s US Senators and Members of Congress this year, we thank you.  Together, we succeeded in shining a light on many important issues and we hope you will continue to follow our work next year. We know how important these matters are to so many of you. If you are interested in joining with us as we work to protect these programs, let us know.  The more voices speaking up on these issues, the better.

Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  Please like us, follow us and share our posts so we can continue to reach Mainers across the state!

Last year at this time, we had 24 Maine communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  We have almost doubled that number and expect to reach 50 very soon.  Maine continues to lead the nation in this endeavor and we are excited about all the initiatives that are currently underway in our state that help Mainers age in place in the towns and neighborhoods they know and love.  Our free guide is available if you would like to learn more about this work and how you can be a part of advancing age-friendly ideas in your own community.

The second year of the current two-year legislative session begins in January and we will be hard at work in Augusta advocating to support family caregivers, fighting for fair and affordable utility rates and working to protect key home and community-based service programs that help Mainers stay at home. We’ll also continue to raise awareness about the importance of retirement security for working Mainers. Please consider joining us for our ongoing Tuesdays at the State House as we work with our legislators, attend hearings and learn about the inner workings of the state capital.

Many of you attended one or more of our fun social events which expanded to many more towns this year.  Our local coffees and On-Tap events are a wonderful way to meet other members, discuss the issues of importance to you and your family, and learn about our work in Maine.  We enjoy hosting these fun get-togethers, many of which are now run by our wonderful volunteers.  In addition to coffees and On-Tap events, we hosted trail walks, tai chi classes, a WWI film screening series, our Dirigo Speaks lecture series and much more. There is a lot going on and we hope you will be a part of it and join us again in 2018!

This year we also expanded our work to combat fraud and scams and partnered with the Maine County Sheriff’s Association, local police departments and several teams from our age-friendly communities.  We hosted multiple shredding events which resulted in our shredding over 80,000 pounds of sensitive materials.  We plan to launch our 2018 shredding events at the end of April so keep an eye out for our schedule on social media and our website.  Many of you share our Fraud Watch Wednesday tips that we post on our blog and on our social media sites each week.  You can send us a note at me@aarp.org if you have a scam alert you would like to see included in the upcoming weeks.  Please don’t forget to place a freeze on your credit report.  This is considered the best way to avoid identity theft.

As always, we love hearing from you. We also welcome your feedback and ideas, so please keep in touch!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season,

Lori

 

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Email: me@aarp.org

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