A letter from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham

I hope the summer finds you enjoying these sunny Maine days!

The last quarter was a busy one here at AARP Maine. I’m excited to share with you updates from around the state, and alert you to our upcoming events.

The power of voters 50-plus should not be underestimated and will play a pivotal role in 2018.  With Social Security, Medicare, health care and other issues on the line, this year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. As we get closer to September, we will be in touch with more information about all of our voter engagement activities including tele-town halls, candidate debates and community conversations. In the meantime, please read our election feature, our post-election press release and Volunteer State President Rich Livingston’s letter to the editor.  Please also visit www.aarp.org/Pledge2Vote and consider signing your name to our #BeTheDifference pledge.

Over the last few months, staff and volunteers have been making their voices heard in Augusta on issues of importance to older Mainers and their families. You can read our legislative wrap-up here.

We are currently accepting nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the most prestigious and visible recognition we give. Named for Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP, the annual award goes to a Maine volunteer whose work has supported AARP’s vision and mission. Last year, Bob and Carol MacDougall of Augusta were the recipients. They were honored for their tremendous service with Meals on Wheels in Hallowell and for their dedication to the advancement of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. If you know a volunteer who deserves to be recognized for their positive service, please nominate them by August 1st.

Enjoy all that Maine has to offer this summer by attending one of our many events around the state. From our monthly Coffee and On Tap gatherings to a tour of the Viles Arboretum as well as outdoor adventures like canoeing, biking or walking with other members, there’s sure to be an event for you and your friends!

Don’t miss the third issue of Ageless Maine, a magazine designed for readers aged 50 and older.  You will find wonderful, thoughtful articles that showcase Mainers who are reimagining the ideas of aging in our state. Pick up a copy of the newest edition today or send a note to me@aarp.org to receive your free copy compliments of AARP Maine. Past article topics have included scam alerts, senior housing options, and Age-friendly communities.  Speaking of age-friendly communities, Maine now boasts over 55 participants in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, and we welcome Auburn and Georgetown who just joined in June!

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, are interested in volunteer opportunities or have ideas to share. We are available through email at me@aarp.org or by phone at 1-866-554-5380, and we always welcome your input!

Enjoy the summer days,

Lori