— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Maine for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AN AMAZING MAINE RESOURCE AND COMMUNITY PARTNER The American Red Cross of Maine (ARC Maine) is helping residents in our state prepare for and respond to disasters. While they are well known for their CPR training and blood drives, they also provide many resources for general safety and well-being for everyone in our community. For more information, you can follow on Twitter and Facebook. In just one example, ARC Maine is working hard to reduce death and injury from home …

— As we approach the 2018 holiday season, all of us at AARP Maine thank you for your hard work on behalf of our 230,000 Maine members and their families. Warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @aarpmaine. If you have questions or if there is anything you need, send an email to me@aarp.org or call 1-866-554-5380.

— 11/14 Scam Alert: Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. You may see one in the newspaper offering a free power chair, or a TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. If you have any questions about …

— AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Maine Family Caregivers Month   News Conference Calls for Legislative Leadership to Better Support Maine’s 178,000 Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: On November 13th, representatives from AARP Maine, the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, the MS Society and the Maine Council on Aging hosted a news conference to celebrate the first-ever designation of November as Maine Family Caregivers Month. The news conference included State Representatives Patrick Corey (R-Windham), Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston) …

— An Extraordinary Election Season With the 2018 election season finally over, AARP Maine is taking a look back at all the amazing ways our volunteers and members worked with us to infuse important issues into the political arena. Our office hosted televised debates in Portland and Bangor, and held community conversations on health care and other issues in multiple locations from York to Aroostook counties. We hosted the candidates for US Senate at our Annual Meeting in Hallowell. We also …

— Join us for AARP MAINE Tuesdays at the State House AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to get involved and to become more comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House. Mingle in the halls and say hello to your legislator. We provide training on issues and an engaging experience with fellow advocates! Each Tuesday at the State House will conclude with complimentary lunch at the State House cafeteria. …

— 11/7 Scam Alert: Every November we celebrate Veterans Day and this year is especially meaningful as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. In a shameful twist, scammers see honoring veterans as a perfect time to call across the country pretending to represent charities benefiting our nation’s heroes. Scammers often use sound-alike names (or invent authentic “organizations”) to solicit funds. Before donating, verify each charity by checking their names and reputations at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org.  This Veteran’s Day, we …

— You are invited to a public forum, hosted by the Lower Kennebec River Livable Communities Social Connections: THEY MATTER …a lot! Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:00pm Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street in Bath   Social Connections, such as friendships, relationships with family members and closeness to others in your community, are closely related to well-being and personal happiness. At this public forum, hear from Susan Wehry, Chief, Division of Geriatrics Department of Primary Care, UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine. She will …

—     AARP Maine and Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter Celebrate First-Ever Designation of November as Maine Family Caregivers Month   Offer Resources to Families Looking for Support   AUGUSTA:  Today, AARP Maine and the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter are celebrating Maine’s designation of November as Maine Family Caregivers Month in concert with National Caregiver Month, offering resources to support family caregivers and their loved ones.   The passage earlier this year of LR 2961, a Joint Resolution to Support Family …