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Week in Review: October 5th

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This week at AARP Maine was National Fire Prevention Week. In the U.S, adults 65-plus are twice as likely to die in fires than others. Watch this important video from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides a useful fire safety guide for older Americans on kitchen safety, smoke alarms & testing, home heating, and more.

This week, we continue our work connecting Mainers to voting resources. During an election season unlike any other, AARP Maine is fighting to protect Mainers 50-plus by making sure you can still vote safely. For all the latest information about your voting options, visit aarp.org/mainevotes so that you can make your voice heard on the issues that matter most. Lastly, Check out this video of AARP Maine volunteer Erica from Windham reminding you to “put your ballot in the box!” and other tips for making sure your ballot is counted in Election 2020. 

As debates and forums with Election 2020 candidates ramp up, AARP Maine is always watching closely to hear how the candidates will address the issues that matter most to Mainers 50-plus and their families. On Tuesday, we watched News Center Maine’s CD1 Voice of the Voter forum between challenger Jay Allen and Chellie Pingree. Wednesday was the Vice Presidential debate, and we were paying attention to see how our top issues got covered. Maine voters deserve answers on how the next President & Vice President will work to lower prescription drug prices, protect Medicare & Social Security, and more. To view AARP Maine’s live tweet coverage of candidate responses during debates and forums, visit our Twitter page here.

We continue our Voter Video Guide series where we share answers from Maine’s U.S Senate candidates on the questions we asked about our key issues in 60-second videos. This week, we shared their responses on jobs & the economy and prescription drug prices on our Facebook page. To view all five videos, visit our feature here.

We also made an important announcement this week: Medicare Open Enrollment began on October 15th. Got questions? We have answers! For information about Medicare costs, coverage, and open enrollment options, plus a flyer to share on steps to take during open enrollment, visit our website here. AARP is also offering a two-part webinar this month entitled “Medicare: Coverage, Costs, and Open Enrollment.” For more information & to register for part two on October 20th, visit this link.

Lastly, October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Check out this post for information on cybercrime. 

Events 
AARP Maine announces numerous upcoming events on our social media accounts, including our Facebook page, as well as here on our website. 

October 19th: Since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Maine back in March, most residents of long-term care facilities have been unable to visit with loved ones. Federal regulators have recently updated their guidelines for facilities to allow for in-person visitation. In this webinar hosted by The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Maine Health Care Association, you will be updated on these guidelines as well as hear from a Maine regulator and a CDC expert on how Maine will safely implement in-person visitation in long-term care facilities. For more information & to register, visit this link.

Sea Change Yoga Series: We are thrilled to continue our yoga class offering through the Fall. Using yoga to bring awareness to the body is one way that we can soothe a stressed mind and bring more calm into our lives. This series will consist of Friday morning 40 minute yoga classes led by Anne Esguerra of Sea Change Yoga and will involve gentle movement and guided breath to help reduce anxiety, promote respiratory health, and find our way back to ourselves. For more information & to register, visit this link.

Health Connection Series: UMaine & the Eastern Area Agency on Aging present a new Health Connection Chats series with LIVE, practical information and tips for staying healthy and engaged for Maine's 60+ citizens and other high risk COVID-19 individuals. Chats will be held by Zoom & by telephone, at no cost to attend. Those joining by phone can send questions to speakers ahead of time. For call-in info or the Zoom link & to submit questions, please contact Kelley Morris at kelley.morris@maine.edu or (207) 262 - 7925.

  • Oct 21st – Planning for Retirement in the Age of COVID-19
  • Oct 28th – The Importance of Volunteering & Remaining Civically Engaged

October 22 from 12-1:15PM: INSIDE THE MIND OF A CON-ARTIST. Join AARP Maine and other states in the region for a rare look inside the mind of a master con-artist, Brett Johnson, and hear what you can do to stay safe from scams and fraud. Learn more and register here for this free webinar!

November 12th at 7:00PM: Following Veteran’s Day, AARP Maine is partnering with Captain Jonathan Bratten, Maine National Guard Military Historian, to host a Maine military history virtual presentation titled, “The Maine National Guard in the Global War on Terror”. Check out our Facebook page for further information on this event, or visit the link below.
- Nov. 12 at 7:00PM: The Maine National Guard in the Global War on Terror

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