— 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!

— AARP Maine is hosting community conversations to address the high cost of prescription drugs. Mainers know firsthand what it’s like to get caught in a financial crunch when it comes to paying for prescription drugs, and the increasing cost of medications is hitting older Mainers particularly hard. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and costs are rising four times as fast as overall inflation. We’ve invited State Legislators and community members to discuss the challenges Mainers …

— Is the high cost of your prescription drugs making you sick? Mainers are sharing their stories. Mainers are also attending our #StopRxGreed Community Conversations being held in towns across Maine in collaboration with state legislators. Join the conversation! Ask questions, tell us your story and work with us to make your voice heard. Click here to see the full schedule.   “I am a retired nurse.  I know how the healthcare system works. Despite research and multiple conversations with my …

—   “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner Speaking up is perhaps one of the defining traits of our American independence. The freedom to speak and the right to advocate for change is what makes our government more accessible. It’s what makes it more flexible. It’s what makes it a government “of, by, …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to participate in the legislative process and to become more familiar with the workings of the Maine State House. Interested in our legislative agenda for 2019? Read our state platform here: 687104 ME 2019 Issue Platform Flyer. We also have a helpful infographic: AARP Maine 2019 State Issue Platform Infographic Looking for other volunteer opportunities? See below or click here for our brochure: Maine State Volunteer …

— AARP Maine Celebrates Release of Senior Housing Bond Funds   **Do you need assistance locating affordable housing options for you or someone you know? For information and to get your questions answered, contact: Maine Housing Authority Avesta Housing Your local housing authority 2-1-1 CAP agencies Maine Area Agencies on Aging   On Tuesday, January 15th, AARP Maine held a news conference in the State House Hall of Flags to celebrate the release of Senior Housing Bond funds earmarked for older …

— Greetings from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director As the New Year gets underway, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. 2018 was quite a year for AARP in Maine. Our team of staff, volunteers and member activists worked tirelessly to highlight urgent issues that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels during the elections.  We hosted many programs around the state to bring your voices to both Augusta and Washington.  We also offered …

— Each Tuesday during the legislative session, AARP invites our members to participate in Tuesdays at the State House. We have selected three books to read and discuss in 2019 to increase our policy proficiency. They are Evicted, by Matthew Desmund (discussion on March 5th), Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande (discussion on April 23rd) and American Sickness, by Elisabeth Rosenthal (discussion on June 11th). Each book will be provided to T@SH volunteers 6 weeks prior to the discussion, each of which will …

—   2019 TUESDAYS AT THE STATE HOUSE KICK-OFF January 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. More details about the agenda and workshops will be provided soon. Join us for our kick-off event on January 15 in the State House Hall of Flags. 9:00 a.m. Meet in the State House Hall of Flags (State House second floor) 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Welcoming remarks and orientation/re-orientation in the Hall of Flags (State House second floor) 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Welcome legislators in the House …

— December 5, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2019 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Volunteer Advocates   PORTLAND: As the 129th legislators are sworn in, AARP Maine announces its 2019 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on long term care system reform, restoration of home and community-based services, housing and livable communities, financial security, fair utility rates, and broadband expansion. AARP Maine concluded …

— AARP Maine is gearing up its advocacy operation for the next legislative session. Volunteers are needed to expand outreach and education efforts at the State House and beyond. One priority of the “Tuesdays at the State House” series is addressing the needs of Maine’s approximately 178,000 caregivers and their families. The first Tuesday at the State House event in Augusta is Jan. 15. During the weekly sessions, volunteers will attend hearings, testify on important issues and meet legislators. AARP will …