— 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!

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham: Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on voter-related activities as we edge toward the mid-term elections on November 6th.  We are collaborating with wonderful partners like Maine Revives Civility and …

—     CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org AARP Announces Results of August, 2018 Survey of Registered Maine Voters 50 and Older  Maine’s Most Active Voting Bloc Weighs in on Issues Important to Them, Indicates Candidates Must Address Issues to Win Their Votes PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today the results of their 2018 Survey Insights from Maine’s Voters Age 50+.  Representing a membership of 230,000 in Maine, AARP, the leading non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to the …

— Today, in Maine, 300,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty.   Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working life and you will …

— AARP has a long history of working with members and volunteers during election season. Between now and Election Day in November, we’re looking for a few key volunteer leaders to help manage our campaigns and elections work in communities around our incredible state. Our goals are always to educate, inform, and inspire the 50+ voter (and their families) on the issues that are and will impact them in their own communities. Issues like strengthening Social Security in a time where …

— AARP Maine would like to express a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who joined us this session for our Tuesdays at the State House in Augusta. Thanks to you, we were able to attend multiple committee hearings, meet with our state legislators and offer testimony on several of the bills we followed.  Many legislators commented on the number of “red shirts” they saw each Tuesday and we are grateful for your passion and dedication to the important issues …

— DATE: June 19, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Maine Public Utility Commission Rules on Emera Maine Rate Case  AARP Maine Disappointed that Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike Results in 5.34% Increase   PORTLAND: Earlier today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled on Docket 2017-00198 and approved a distribution rate increase of 5.34 percent, equaling an additional $4.46 million for Emera Maine, the state’s second-largest utility company. This …

— Beginning in May, our weekly Tuesdays at the State House series will resume monthly.  Meet in the Cross Cafe at 9:30. Following morning announcements, we will have committee orientations with committee staff (committees are scheduled below), and following lunch we will have a guided tour of a State facility (State House, Library, Museum, etc.). We will not meet in July due to the Viles Arboretum tour or in October due to the AARP Maine Annual Meeting. November and December will …

— DATE: May 1, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   More than 80 Emera Maine Customers Attend Public Hearings Voice Opposition to Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike   MACHIAS, ORONO, PRESQUE ISLE: This evening, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The …

— With Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s seat up for grabs and three congressional incumbents seeking re-election, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Maine voters. AARP Maine wants to know where each candidate stands on issues such as health care and retirement security. Looking ahead, volunteers will be needed to coordinate candidate forums and community conversations at coffee and happy hour events leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. AARP is asking gubernatorial candidates about caregiver supports, affordable utilities and …