— 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 …

—   AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Maine AARP Funds Four Quick Action Community Projects in Maine to Make Communities More Livable     PORTLAND—AARP Maine announces four winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Bethel, Bowdoinham, North Yarmouth and Wayne. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham:   Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on health care as we followed the Senate and the roller-coaster ride of health care bills and votes.  I want to acknowledge those …

— Forty Communities Commit to Livable, Age-Friendly Practices PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 40 towns and communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  Maine leads the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making a difference in the lives of residents of all ages through creative and collaborative efforts. “In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an …

—     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 …

— Communities across Maine, large and small, face a formidable challenge: How to meet the growing needs of their residents as they age.  While we hear of “snowbirds” going south for the winter, many Mainers reside here year-round and others are considering Maine as a place to retire. Maine towns would benefit from looking ahead to develop strategies that support age-friendly communities where there are adequate housing and transportation options, and opportunities for older Mainers to participate in community and civic …

— Summer 2017 is finally here! We are excited to send you our latest e-newsletter about our work in Maine and hope you will stay in touch with us in the months ahead. I want to begin this edition by acknowledging those of you who have contacted us with your questions and concerns over proposals included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  The bill passed the House of Representatives several weeks ago and now awaits action in the Senate.  AARP …