— AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Maine Family Caregivers Month   News Conference Calls for Legislative Leadership to Better Support Maine’s 178,000 Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: On November 13th, representatives from AARP Maine, the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, the MS Society and the Maine Council on Aging hosted a news conference to celebrate the first-ever designation of November as Maine Family Caregivers Month. The news conference included State Representatives Patrick Corey (R-Windham), Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston) …

— REP. DREW GATTINE MAKES BIPARTISAN LIST OF “CAPITOL CAREGIVERS” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers To recognize his work to support family caregivers in Maine, AARP names Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) as a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Mainers to live independently at home—where they want to be. “AARP …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2016 CONTACT: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   REPRESENTATIVE DREW GATTINE MAKES BIPARTISAN LIST OF “CAPITOL CAREGIVERS” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers   PORTLAND – To recognize his work to support family caregivers in Maine, AARP names Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) as a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states.  These elected officials have advanced policies to help …

— HELP IS HERE FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS IN MAINE! The CARE Act goes into law today, Thursday, October 15, 2015. 178,000 Mainers are caring for a loved one at home, providing 165 million hours of care every year, worth an estimated $2.2 billion. Most family caregivers are providing medical care, whether medication management or follow-up care for a fall or medical procedure, without any formal medical training. It’s time for a little support. This new law introduces 3 important requirements of hospitals: The name …

— Hundreds Attended AARP Maine Open House in Portland!   On September 3rd, AARP Maine celebrated the recent relocation of their office to downtown Portland with an open house attended by over 300 guests including AARP Maine staff and volunteers, state legislators, Mayor Michael Brennan, and representatives from state agencies.  In addition to enjoying the opportunity to meet new staff and volunteers, guests were invited to share their ideas concerning the next legislative session and 2016 elections. “Our open house served as …

—                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 18, 2015  Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine’s Applauds Unanimous Support of CARE Act by House and Senate Legislation Will Better Support Family Caregivers as They Safely Help Seniors Stay at Home PORTLAND: AARP Maine celebrates the CARE Act, LD 666, An Act to Allow a Patient to Designate a Caregiver in the Patient’s Medical Record, which received unanimous support by …

— Calling all caregivers!  It’s time to thank your legislators!  The House and Senate unanimously voted to support the CARE Act (LD 666) in Maine! Background: There is a group of people in Maine who frequently go unnoticed and underappreciated. They are the nearly 200,000 unpaid caregivers who provide assistance to family members or friends who can no longer take care of themselves. Family caregivers play a critical role in care transitions, especially as their loved ones move from hospitals back home. …