— 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!

— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

— AARP Maine is asking local members and volunteers to host a debate-watch party in their communities. Watch parties can be in your own living room, your local library, or even your favorite restaurant with a good-sized television.  AARP Maine is a co-sponsor of several debates this year and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to raise awareness about the candidates’ positions on issues of importance to Mainers 50+ and their families. Please send an email if you are …

— AARP is sponsoring three televised debates this fall with candidates for governor and U.S. senator. The debates will cover issues of interest to Mainers 50-plus—Social Security, Medicare, caregiving, prescription drug costs and affordable housing. The first of two gubernatorial debates is in Bangor, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m., and will air on ABC Channel 7. The second is Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in Portland and will air on CBS Channel 13 and Fox Channel 23. The …

—     CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org AARP Announces Results of August, 2018 Survey of Registered Maine Voters 50 and Older  Maine’s Most Active Voting Bloc Weighs in on Issues Important to Them, Indicates Candidates Must Address Issues to Win Their Votes PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today the results of their 2018 Survey Insights from Maine’s Voters Age 50+.  Representing a membership of 230,000 in Maine, AARP, the leading non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to the …

— AARP Maine 2018 Voter Engagement Events and Community Conversations Be The Difference Community Conversations AARP Maine invites voters of all ages to participate in Community Conversations to discuss issues that matter most to you. Complimentary refreshments will be at each Community Conversation. Please RSVP through the links provided.  The ** indicates our Healthcare Community Conversations. Thursday, Sept. 13** 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Bangor Public Library 145 Harlow St., Bangor RSVP here. Tuesday, Sept. 18 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. …

— Can we talk civilly? AARP Maine is encouraging everyone to do just that during this campaign season and next year’s legislative session. In cooperation with Maine Revives Civility, the AARP state office is promoting individual pledges, local government proclamations and community conversations to support respectful dialogue. Maine Revives Civility is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. Former Portland Mayor Pam Plumb and Ryan Pelletier, county administrator of Aroostook County, co-chair the organization. …

— Today, in Maine, 95% of retired Mainers 65-plus receive Social Security benefits Before President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into Law on August 14th 1935, many retired Americans fell into poverty, without a safety net to provide for them in their retirement years. Thankfully, the deal was struck with Americans 83 years ago– pay into Social Security throughout your working life and you will be guaranteed an income when you choose to retire. The Social Security Program not only provides …

— 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 …

— MEDIA RELEASE June 21, 2018 CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Stands Ready to Discuss Issues with Candidates, Engages Mainers 50-Plus in 2018 Elections Social Security, Medicare, Rx Drug Prices, Housing Among Top Priorities for Maine’s Most Active Voting Demographic   PORTLAND: In the weeks leading up to the June 12th Primary Election, AARP Maine staff and volunteers engaged older Mainers in voter engagement initiatives across the state.  Through local events and non-partisan …