— 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 …

— Join us online for free webinars, interactive videos, live chats and more AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair is Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET As a child, your parents provided the care. Now the roles are changing. If you’re one of over 40 million adults in the U.S. who provide unpaid care to a family member — or a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair will help you make …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. October’s Caregiving Q&A webcast is hosted by caregiving experts Lee Baker and Debra Tyler-Horton from AARP Georgia. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. Managing Your Loved One’s Finances Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00-7:30 pm ET Lee …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. What You Need to Know About Medicare and Social Security When Caring for a Loved One Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 7:00-7:30 pm ET Learn Medicare basics such as eligibility, enrollment and what’s …

— Join Marco as he talks about his mother and caregiving in the Latino community Join television personality, public speaker, and activist Marco Antonio Regil for a special Caregiving Q&A on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET, as he shares his experience and answers questions about caring for a loved one. When Marco was just 18, his mother suffered injuries in a car accident that left her bedridden for a year. As he took care of her, she became …

— 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. …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling many areas of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. AARP’s Caregiving Q&A Webcasts are hosted by Dr. Jean Accius, a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. How to Manage the Daily Needs of Your Loved One Tuesday, August …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— 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 …