— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

— About 178,000 Mainers serve as unpaid family caregivers, and many of them work outside the home. That’s why AARP is working with ReACT, a coalition that addresses challenges facing employed caregivers, to identify best workplace practices, such as flexible hours, telework schedules and earned paid leave for caregiving tasks. The two organizations are also reaching out to help employers create workplaces that are friendly to caregivers on the payroll, without sacrificing productivity. To see their joint report, go to respectcaregivers.org. …

— Did you know?  AARP Maine is in the news every week talking about issues of concern to Mainers 50+, upcoming events and much more!  We talk about health care, caregiving in Maine, fun, social events, scam and fraud awareness, age-friendly communities and ways we can work together to bring positive initiatives to our state.   Tune in and let your friends know, too! RADIO: WLOB with Ray Richardson – First and Third Mondays at 8:30AM.  Broadcasts out of Portland. WZON with …

— About 178,000 Mainers serve as family caregivers, providing services worth $2.2 billion annually for their parents, spouses and other adults. Such services include preparing meals, managing medications, help with bathing and transportation to medical appointments. In addition, a recent AARP study showed U.S. family caregivers spend nearly 20 percent of their income on caregiving activities, contributing on average nearly $7,000 annually to their loved ones’ care. The costs are much higher if the loved one has dementia or lives far …

— Our Maine Caregiver Resource Guide is available!  Please send an email to me@aarp.org if you would like us to send you an electronic copy or you can contact us and we’ll send you a hard copy. Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or …

— 2017 started off with a bang! Our team of staff and volunteers has worked tirelessly to protect programs that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels. We implemented new programming in many communities in an effort to connect more directly with our members. We expanded our Age-Friendly Community Network to 30 over communities across Maine and we continue to boast more age-friendly communities than any other state in the nation. As you will see, much of this year’s …

— This week at the State House continued our work to pass a family caregiver tax credit. Work Session The week began with the work session for LD 442, An Act to Create a Family Caregiver Tax Credit. The Taxation Committee voted to table the bill pending an amendment. The committee’s primary concerns include the creation of a new tax credit, if there is overlap with currently available state or federal tax credits, and the fiscal note. We don’t yet have …

—   February 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org       AARP Maine Testifies in Support of a Family Caregiver Tax Credit Legislation Would Provide Financial Relief to Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: Today, AARP Maine testified before the Committee on Taxation in support of legislation that would provide some financial relief to family caregivers in the state.  AARP estimates that each year 178,000 Mainers care for older parents, spouses or other …

— AARP Maine is pleased to support a Caregiver Tax Credit, which would provide an income tax credit of up to $2,500 for eligible caregiver expenses for family caregivers earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for a couple). The first step in the process is a public hearing. The Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing for the Caregiver Tax Credit on Monday, February 27th beginning at 1:00pm. We welcome our members to join us for the public hearing to demonstrate to …