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PLEASE READ: This is a time of great uncertainty for all of us as we confront the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and work to keep ourselves and our families safe. At this time, AARP Maine, out of a preponderance of caution, has made the decision to suspend all community programs through December 2020. We appreciate your understanding. Please visit www.aarp.org/coronavirus for the latest information about the outbreak, what public agencies are doing and how you and your families can protect yourselves. If you have specific questions, you can call the Maine 211 Hotline that has been set up to provide Maine- based information.
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AGELESS MAINE READERS: Would you like a free copy of the inaugural March issue of Ageless Maine?  Send us a note: me@aarp.org.  The publisher of  Ageless Maine is also offering a subscription discount through their website.  Just put "50+" into the Checkout box to receive your discount here.
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By Guest Blogger, Betty Balderston, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly
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You’d think it would be simple, but choosing a light bulb can be challenging because there are so many options at the store. This week, Efficiency Maine is providing information on how to choose a bulb and calculate lighting savings if you upgrade to a high-efficiency product.
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Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs
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While it may seem like a fun idea to take one of the many Facebook quizzes that pop up on your timeline, be warned it may be a scam. To take the quiz, you enter your information, including your cell phone number. The surprise isn’t the quiz results; it’s the recurring fee on your cell phone bill you unwittingly signed up for. Just say no to Facebook quizzes!
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In 2016, we have seen a remarkable surge in the efforts of Maine towns and neighborhoods to advance age-friendly initiatives. About 18% of Maine’s population lives in one of the 24 communities that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an environment that encourages them to remain active and socially engaged in an enjoyable setting.  By adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options and more opportunities for residents to participate in community activities, cities and towns can become great places to live for people of all ages.
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.
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The newly released Maine Guide to Building Age-Friendly Communities aims to make it easier for cities and towns across the state to meet the needs of an aging population.
Coffee Klatsch Maine
Each month in several communities around Maine, our volunteers and members get together to check-in and figure out ways to begin making an impact in their own communities. Whether it's part of our Livable Communities and Age Friendly work or related to our strong state advocacy campaigns, there's a wealth of opportunities worth plugging into. These coffees are your chance to get connected and hear a bit more about how to help your communities benefit from some of this important work.
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