— 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!

— Your Time Makes a World of Difference! The week of April 7th is National Volunteer Week and at AARP Maine, we are grateful to work with extraordinary volunteers every year.  The work of these dedicated individuals honors AARP’s mission “to serve, not to be served.”  This phrase was coined by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, 60 years ago and it is certainly still true today. Our volunteers serve in many roles.  They testify at the state house, write letters to …

— 1/2 Scam Alert: Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about phone call scams in which impersonators are copying Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 1-800 number so that it appears as a legitimate call on a caller-ID screen. These scammers then identify themselves as SSA employees, request a person’s Social Security number and threaten to terminate the person’s benefits for phony reasons. If you receive a call like this, do NOT provide any personal information. Instead …

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— As candidates are out knocking on doors, are you ready to ask what they will do to support aging in place, protect access to quality affordable health care, and other issues that are important to you? Not quite sure what to ask? Here are a few sample questions to consider.   FEDERAL ISSUES: Medicare Approximately 300,000 Mainers are currently receiving Medicare benefits. According to a recent survey* of Maine voters age 50 and older, 95% think that Medicare is very …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

— 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 …

— If you enjoy public speaking and delivering powerful presentations on issues that matter, we would love to hear from you! Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to interested 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.  These can include scam and fraud awareness, Social Security, AARP Today, and …

— AARP Maine is hitting the road to talk about what’s been on everyone’s minds: health care. Funded by a grant from Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), AARP Maine is holding a series of community forums throughout the state (please see our schedule, below).   During these open discussions, we hope you will share with us your concerns as well as your ideas on these sometimes complicated issues. Each forum features a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians, public …

— Join AARP Maine staff, volunteers and members each month for a free drink, yummy food and great company. Portland On-Tap events are at RiRa at 72 Commercial Street on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Sign in to receive a drink token and your first wine/beer/well drink is on us. We’ll order appetizers to share and have information about upcoming events. Click here to RSVP for Portland On-Tap on October 20th, 4:00-6:00pm Click here to RSVP …

— AARP Maine Communications and Advocacy Internship Opportunity The internship involves engagement initiatives directed toward AARP members, legislators, and the public.  This includes, but is not limited to, public relations, message design, and many written projects including press releases, Op-Eds, weekly columns, website features, legislative testimony letters to the editor and outreach through social media. Interns will gain valuable experience and work in a team environment.  They will also receive first-hand knowledge of how one of America’s largest non-profit organizations, dedicated …