AARP Maine’s Week in Review: July 27th

Posted on 08/05/20

Welcome to a new weekly website series where we will be sharing highlights from our week here at AARP Maine!

As we continue to celebrate the passage of Question 1 in the July 14th Maine State Primary, this week we shared a few recently published Letters to the Editor from Maine residents thanking Maine voters for voting “Yes” on 1—one from Gail in Perham, one from small business owner Paul Armstrong, and one from retired occupational therapist Rosalyn Fisher.

AARP Maine recognized two special days this week. Monday marked the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, which has since been designated National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. On Monday, we asked you all to join us in honoring the bravery and selflessness of those who defended the Korean Peninsula. Thursday, we celebrated the 55th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, programs which are crucial to helping older Mainers afford vital health care.

In other news this week, our conversation with Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah was uploaded to YouTube. The conversation was recorded live on July 9th and features questions from a virtual live audience hosted by our State Director, Lori Parham. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/_08pb8Y9x4s.

We continue to remind Mainers to fill out the #2020Census, to ensure that, for the next decade, Maine’s voice is heard in government and our communities receive the funding they deserve. Respond to the Census today online at 2020census.gov, by phone (1-844-2020), or by mail.

Lastly, check out this post for our latest scam information, titled “The Psychology of Scams.” 

Events 

AARP Maine announced numerous upcoming events on our social media accounts, including our Facebook page, as well as here on our website. 

  1. Our online three-part gardening education series, a collaboration with the UMaine Cooperative Extension, “Digging Maine: Backyard Gardening For All” had its second event this week, “Tips and Tricks for the Ornamental Landscape.” We look forward to the final event, “Tips and Tricks for the Edible Landscape,” which will be led by Horticulturalist Kate Garland as she brings us to the Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden in Old Town to talk about best practices for growing great vegetable gardens. 
  2. Barbara Babkirk, Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart at Work Associates, will lead an event hosted by AARP Maine on August 13th from 12:00 - 1:00pm, where she will outline steps to take as an older worker seeking work that aligns with your priorities and skills. 
  3. AARP Maine is teaming up with Bar Harbor nonprofit Friends of Acadia to bring you a four part series called “Acadia: The Story Behind the Scenery” about the work FOA does as an organization with the mission of protecting and preserving Acadia National Park and the quality of life in surrounding communities.

This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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