— 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 …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage – either alcoholic or non-alcoholic – at each event is on us.  Bring a friend – all are welcome! Interested in serving as a volunteer host for any of these events?  Send us a note at me@aarp.org and we can help you get started.  Thank you! Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each …

— “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 …

— Celebrate summer with AARP Maine! We invite our members and their guests to enjoy the following community events. Kennebec River Rail Trail Weekly Walk Every Thursday beginning April 4th| 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Kennebec River Waterfront (by the colorful Adirondack Chairs) Water Street | Hallowell Start your Thursdays with fresh air and good company. Together we will decide to walk toward Augusta or Gardiner for an out-and-back walk together. Bring your friends and make new ones. Cost: Free for all! Registration: No registration necessary. …

— As a member of the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, AARP Maine is delighted to share this opportunity for Maine students to learn more about Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention. GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) Maine and the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) are working together to raise awareness about elder abuse in Maine. GFWC Maine and MCEAP are pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a Maine student who has successfully completed …

—   “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner Speaking up is perhaps one of the defining traits of our American independence. The freedom to speak and the right to advocate for change is what makes our government more accessible. It’s what makes it more flexible. It’s what makes it a government “of, by, …

— 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.

— This March, AARP members enjoy TWO upcoming film screenings, presented in partnership with Portland Ovations and the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Rebels on Pointe, in partnership with Portland Ovations AARP members receive a discounted price of $6 per person (regular price $8 per person). Purchase tickets. Sunday, March 3rd at 7:00pm Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland View the trailer here. Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the all male, drag …