— 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 has a long history of working with members and volunteers during election season. Between now and Election Day in November, we’re looking for a few key volunteer leaders to help manage our campaigns and elections work in communities around our incredible state. Our goals are always to educate, inform, and inspire the 50+ voter (and their families) on the issues that are and will impact them in their own communities. Issues like strengthening Social Security in a time where …

— 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.  Some of our events will also include medication disposal .  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 Social Security and/or driver’s …

— 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 …

— A letter from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham I hope the summer finds you enjoying these sunny Maine days! The last quarter was a busy one here at AARP Maine. I’m excited to share with you updates from around the state, and alert you to our upcoming events. The power of voters 50-plus should not be underestimated and will play a pivotal role in 2018.  With Social Security, Medicare, health care and other issues on the line, this year’s …

— 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 month …

— AARP Maine is now accepting nominations for our 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Mainers who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. The award is named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Maine is excited to highlight the 50+ in our state who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in …

— 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 …

— AARP Discount for Viles Arboretum Table Tour Augusta’s Viles Arboretum will host its annual Table Tour event on Feb. 4 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 till 1 p.m. Desserts, coffee and hot beverages will be served until 2 p.m. at the main building. Tickets …

— On behalf of our team of volunteers and staff at AARP Maine, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2018! Don’t forget to join us for our Tuesdays at the State House next year, beginning with our kick-off event in Augusta on January 9th! We will also be in many Maine neighborhoods again in January for our monthly coffees and On-Tap events.  Please join us and bring a friend!  As always …