— 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 Celebrates Release of Senior Housing Bond Funds   **Do you need assistance locating affordable housing options for you or someone you know? For information and to get your questions answered, contact: Maine Housing Authority Avesta Housing Your local housing authority 2-1-1 CAP agencies Maine Area Agencies on Aging   On Tuesday, January 15th, AARP Maine held a news conference in the State House Hall of Flags to celebrate the release of Senior Housing Bond funds earmarked for older …

— 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. …

— 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 …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! 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 dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— AGELESS MAINE READERS: Would you like a free copy of the inaugural March issue of Ageless Maine?  Send us a note: me@aarp.org.  The publisher of Ageless Maine is also offering a subscription discount through their website.  Just put “50+” into the Checkout box to receive your discount here. A MESSAGE FROM LORI PARHAM, AARP Maine State Director: It is an honor for AARP Maine to collaborate with Maine Media Collective on the inaugural issue of Ageless Maine, a new publication designed …

— 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 …

—     Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

— 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 …

— The AccessAble Home Tax Credit is a Maine income tax credit available to individuals who earn $55,000 or less for expenses paid for modifications to their residence to make it accessible for a person with a physical disability or physical hardship who lives or will live at the residence. The Maine Legislature enacted the AccessAble Home Tax Credit to take effect beginning January 1, 2017 for expenses paid in the 2017 calendar year. The credit is noted on 2017 tax …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …