50 & Up Coffee, conversation and community

Coffee, conversation and community

50 & Up


At AARP Maine, we count on hearing from our members and their families to help develop our advocacy and community outreach agendas. The input and guidance we receive are invaluable and serve a pivotal role in our planning work. That’s why we are eager to connect with the Portland community and bring area residents together for fun and interesting social events.

Already underway is our monthly Free Coffee Friday held at our office in Portland at 53 Baxter Blvd. We provide free coffee and delicious treats from local bakeries. These enjoyable get-togethers offer the perfect opportunity for local residents to meet and greet other AARP members and share what’s on their minds. Sometimes we have special guests join us, such as state and federal legislators, community leaders and town officials.

We also feature an On-Tap event, held the third Thursday of each month, from 4-6 p.m. at RiRa’s Irish Pub, 72 Commercial St. in Portland. As an extra bonus, appetizers and your first beer, glass of wine or cocktail are provided for all attendees. We are currently seeking a volunteer to host these monthly events to engage members of our community. Are you interested in volunteering or just want more information? If so, please contact Amy Gallant at 207-776-6303 or me@aarp.org.

One issue we know touches many Maine families is caregiving. Some 178,000 Mainers care for a parent, spouse or other loved one to help them live safely and independently at home. Approximately 116,000 of them are women. If you’re a family caregiver, you understand the critical role you serve and how stressful it can be. With your help, we hope to pass a Maine Family Caregiver Tax Credit in 2017, which would offer at least some relief to eligible caregivers.

We are also hard at work collaborating with many state agencies, law enforcement and community partners to combat scams and fraud in Maine. Scammers steal billions of dollars from millions of Americans every year. We can help you learn about the latest scams and how to protect yourself and your family, and you can even become a part of our fraud-fighting team right in your own neighborhood.

In addition to our coffee and on-tap events where we can socialize and talk about these and other issues, AARP Maine also has the opportunity to present special offers to our members and their families for cultural, sporting, and other events. This winter, we were pleased to work with the Eastern Trail Alliance and L.L.Bean to sponsor a number of exciting outdoor activities, including nature walks and snowshoeing. Is there an activity you would like to try? Your suggestions are always welcome.

Stay tuned! In June, AARP Maine will be sponsoring Kayaking with L.L.Bean, and we are also hosting a picnic at a Sea Dogs game. If you would like more information about these and other events in the Portland area, please get in touch with Gallant at the contacts listed above. If you are interested in learning more about our work throughout the state, please visit our website www.aarp.org/me and find us on Facebook @aarpmaine.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the months ahead.

For more information about these and other events in the Portland area, please contact Amy Gallant at (207)?776–6303 or me@aarp.org, visit www.aarp.org/me and find us on Facebook @aarpmaine.

Jane Margesson is the communications director for AARP Maine.


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