— 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!

— 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 …

— Each Tuesday during the legislative session, AARP invites our members to participate in Tuesdays at the State House. We have selected three books to read and discuss in 2019 to increase our policy proficiency. They are Evicted, by Matthew Desmund (discussion on March 5th), Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande (discussion on April 23rd) and American Sickness, by Elisabeth Rosenthal (discussion on June 11th). Each book will be provided to T@SH volunteers 6 weeks prior to the discussion, each of which will …

— 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. …

— RELEASE: October 10, 2018 Contact:           Jane Margesson, AARP Maine State Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org     Milestone Reached as Maine’s 60th Community Joins AARP Age-Friendly Network Maine is first state in the nation to achieve goal   PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Hanover and Mount Vernon, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 60 communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC). Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of …

— DATE: July 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Maine AARP Funds Six Quick Action Community Projects in Maine to Make Communities More Livable   PORTLAND—AARP Maine, today, announced the six Maine winners of the AARP Community Challenge Grant to create change and improve the quality of life in their communities. The winning Maine projects come from the communities of Blue Hill, Eastport, Gardiner, Raymond, …

— GUEST NEWS RELEASE by ITN founder and executive director Katherine Freund 207 415-1630  Katherine.Freund@ITNAmerica.org   April 27, 2018   U.S. Senators to Join ITNAmerica in Celebrating Its 1 Millionth Ride If you would like to attend the celebration, please RSVP here: http://itnamerica.org/rsvp/   WESTBROOK, Maine — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King will join the Independent Transportation Network of America (ITN) next week as the nonprofit celebrates providing its 1 millionth ride to older and visually challenged people.   ITN, …

— 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 …

— Milestone Achieved as Maine’s 50th Community – Including the State’s First County – Joins AARP Age-Friendly Network Fifty Communities Commit to Livable, Age-Friendly Ideals 2018 Community Challenge Launched   PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Waldo County, Caribou, and Ogunquit, Maine, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 50 communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC). Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making …

— 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 …

— Age-friendly communities in Maine outnumber those in any other state. Old Orchard Beach, Stonington, Raymond and Jackman recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, bringing Maine’s total to 45 cities and towns. In each place, local officials, businesses, nonprofit groups and residents are collaborating to adopt practices that can make their community more livable at any age. Bowdoinham, for example, created the Handy Brigade, a cadre of volunteers who do simple home repairs for free. In Augusta, a resident …