— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

—   “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, …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— As we approach the 2018 holiday season, all of us at AARP Maine thank you for your hard work on behalf of our 230,000 Maine members and their families. Warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @aarpmaine. If you have questions or if there is anything you need, send an email to me@aarp.org or call 1-866-554-5380.

— You are invited to a public forum, hosted by the Lower Kennebec River Livable Communities Social Connections: THEY MATTER …a lot! Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:00pm Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street in Bath   Social Connections, such as friendships, relationships with family members and closeness to others in your community, are closely related to well-being and personal happiness. At this public forum, hear from Susan Wehry, Chief, Division of Geriatrics Department of Primary Care, UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine. She will …

— 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 …