— 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 …

— “Keep moving,” my grandfather said to me, one arm raised as he shuffled down the hallway out of the kitchen. Even though he’s gone now his words still ring true. And he was right: one trick to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to keep moving. Running marathons aren’t necessarily the goal, but consistently walking and stretching can do wonders for one’s health and mobility. Walking is a low-impact activity with many benefits, both physical and mental. AARP put together a …

— 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. …

— Would you like to participate in a live town hall forum to ask an ACA Open Enrollment question?  On Thursday, December 6th from 6-7PM, AARP Maine is hosting a live tele-town hall about ACA Open Enrollment.  The event features Kate Ende, Consumers Assistance Program Manager at Consumers for Affordable Health Care, who will explain the basics and answer questions live during the call. Register here: https://vekeo.com/event/aarpmaine-42591/ 9 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance …

— On 11/29, AARP Maine hosted a live tele-town hall forum with Medicare Open Enrollment expert, Jim Baker, from Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging.  Click here to listen to our forum. Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment Click here to print our flyer: Medicare 2018 Open Enrollment Flyer MAINE Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when over 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. October 15th through December …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— PORTLAND – Five authors will explore the personal and collective lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people at OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, this free, daylong event will be held at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept 22. The festival authors will read from and discuss the inspiration behind their recent books. In the morning two authors will examine tragedies of …

— AARP Maine is hosting a series of free summer events. On Tuesday, July 24, enjoy a nature hike at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. The 90-minute tour begins at 10 a.m. at 153 Hospital St. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/VilesArboretum. Walk along the Kennebec River Rail Trail every Thursday, starting at the boat landing in Hallowell at 8:30 a.m. The walks go toward either Augusta or Farmington, and you can walk as far as you are comfortable. Watch a full …