— 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!

— 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.   Gubernatorial debates: October 23, 2018 from 7-8PM WVII ABC/ 7 Fox/22 Bangor November 1, 2018 from 7-8PM WGME CBS /13 Fox/23 Portland (co-sponsored with the Bangor …

— 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.   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. Maine Beer Café 439 US …

— 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 …

— #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 …

— 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 …

— Ready to hear from the candidates on the issues you care about?  Tune in on June 6th and 7th to Maine Public radio and television for their debate broadcasts. AARP Maine encourages you to #BeTheDifference and vote! Take the pledge and make your voice heard. Here is the Maine Public debate schedule:         RADIO DEBATE BROADCAST SCHEDULE TUESDAY 6/5 11AM – 60 MIN  YOUR VOTE – 2018 – Democratic Second District Primary Debate   WEDNESDAY 6/6 11AM- …

— With the June 12th Primary Election right around the corner, many Mainers want to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). We are pleased to let you know that Maine Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap, will host informational forums about RCV in several locations: Biddeford, Bangor, Presque Isle and Lewiston.  Please see the complete details about each forum, below. You can also tune in to Facebook Live on Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m., on the Maine Secretary of State …

— With Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s seat up for grabs and three congressional incumbents seeking re-election, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Maine voters. AARP Maine wants to know where each candidate stands on issues such as health care and retirement security. Looking ahead, volunteers will be needed to coordinate candidate forums and community conversations at coffee and happy hour events leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. AARP is asking gubernatorial candidates about caregiver supports, affordable utilities and …

— With gubernatorial and congressional races on the horizon this year, AARP Maine is planning a series of listening sessions across the state before the elections in June. AARP staff will ask members and community leaders to identify the issues they consider important. In addition, AARP Maine will share its platform and discuss the issues it is tracking. As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not endorse candidates, but does take a stand on issues that affect its members—and urges candidates to …