— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They‚Äôre a great way to¬†meet new people and find out what we‚Äôre 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 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Maine is proud to partner with the Smithsonian Channel, Maine State Museum, Library, and Archives and the Houlton Higher Education Center to bring a very special documentary to Maine. The Smithsonian Channel’s Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI features a remarkable history of Maine soldiers. Each event will include a discussion with the Maine National Guard Historian, one of the film’s historical advisors. All events are free but seating is limited- register today. Bangor:¬†Wednesday, Nov. 8 |¬†4:30 p.m. ‚Äď …

— 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 the Maine Sheriff‚Äôs Association to host free shredding events¬†and medicine disposal events. Please join us and bring your friends and family! In April, we worked with the County Sheriff‚Äôs Offices in Augusta, Bangor and Portland and together, we shredded over 50,000 pounds this year! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these …

— Ready to join AARP Maine’s Speakers Bureau? ¬†Why not attend one of our trainings? Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to 40 staff and volunteers. Our goal is to develop a team of volunteer speakers who can represent AARP Maine’s mission and message about the organization as whole and specific issue areas. RSVP is REQUIRED! ¬†Questions? Email me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303   PORTLAND – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th: RSVP …

— 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. ‚ÄúIn an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an …

— By Guest Blogger, Betty Balderston, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Elder abuse is a growing problem throughout the U.S. and in Maine. Studies show that 11-24 percent of people over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Maine is the oldest state in the U.S., and over 30,000 older Mainers are victims of elder abuse.¬† According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 90 percent of abusers are family members. All of …