— 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!

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and …

— 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 …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to spring! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the 50 or more activists and volunteers who join us during the legislative session for our weekly Tuesdays at the State …

— AARP Maine is teaming up with county sheriff’s offices to host free shred-and-med events, where residents can dispose of documents and unwanted medications. Last year, Mainers shredded 80,000 pounds of papers and discarded thousands of expired or unused drugs at AARP events. They will be in Bangor Airport Mall on Union Street, Friday, April 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in Augusta, at the County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and in Portland, at the …

— Monthly coffee klatches and on-tap evenings at pubs are among the social events that AARP Maine is hosting for members and their families. They begin this month in multiple communities, and AARP will pay for the first beverage for all who attend. Other get-togethers, including outdoor activities, are planned. Go to aarp.org/me or facebook.com/AARPMaine to see the full schedule, or call 866-554-5380.

— Ready for eclectic, electric lectures? By Paul Doherty, SAGE Chair Each fall and spring, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM presents a series of Tuesday morning lectures through the SAGE program.  Billed as “Intellectual Fun for People Over 50,” the lectures cover a wide array of topics of current interest. SAGE speakers are recognized experts from the arts, government, non-profit, education, business, and civic communities in Maine.  Please see the FAQ Section, below, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional …

— 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 …

— AARP members enjoy the Kennebec River Rail Trail. AARP Discount for Viles Arboretum Table Tour Augusta’s Viles Arboretum will host its annual Table Tour event on Feb. 3 from 10am to 2pm. Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking on groomed trails, as well as delicious local food, hot chocolate and a bonfire! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Arboretum. Trails open at 11 a.m. and food will be served until 1 p.m. Desserts, coffee and hot beverages will be served until 2 p.m. …

— THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.   Chooo choooo! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is coming to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company! AARP members receive an exclusive discount of $15 per person for the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ on Saturday, December 1st at 2:30-4:00pm. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Boarding begins at 2:30pm at Ocean Gateway located at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland. The train will begin the journey to “the North Pole” promptly at 2:45pm. The train ride is approximately 50 minutes. Plan on …