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Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.
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AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Maine Family Caregivers Month
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PORTLAND – Five authors will explore the personal and collective lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people at OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, this free, daylong event will be held at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept 22. The festival authors will read from and discuss the inspiration behind their recent books.
Family Caregiving Virtual Fair 2015
AARP is hosting an online fair all about family caregiving. You can participate from the comfort and privacy of your own home computer or the convenience of your mobile device.
An article this week in US News and World Report, Holiday Gifts for Senior Safety and Peace of Mind, reports on gift ideas for family caregivers and features recommendations by AARP family and caregiving expert Amy Goyer, along with Grace Whiting, director of strategic partnerships at the National Alliance for Caregiving. Goyer and Whiting recommend products that provide security at home, such as electronic keypad door locks; items that assist seniors with limited mobility; music for those with dementia; preparing a vacation for a caregiver; a massage, manicure or haircut for the caregiver; taking on some responsibilities for the caregiver; and providing social connectivity.
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Last week Senator Collins introduced the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act in the US Senate. This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a National Family Caregiving Project to develop and sustain a national strategy to support family caregivers, and is based on a recommendation of the bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care. The act is modeled on a law Senator Collins co-authored in 2010 that created a coordinated strategic national plan to combat Alzheimer's disease.
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Calling all caregivers!  It's time to thank your legislators!  The House and Senate unanimously voted to support the CARE Act (LD 666) in Maine!
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