Spring Greetings from Our State Director

Posted on 04/22/21

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Greetings from your friends at AARP Maine!

                As we prepare to welcome the spring season, I am happy to share our latest newsletter with you. Our team has dived head-first into 2021, continuing the fight to advocate for Mainers 50+. Although we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic every day, and I applaud our team and volunteers for keeping involved through virtual platforms. Currently, we are working to improve the awareness of retirement savings plans, broadband infrastructure, COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, and more.

                The pandemic has been very hard on family caregivers and we hope you know that we are here to help with tools and state-specific resources. AARP offers multiple state-specific caregiving guides, all designed to assist you in your caregiving journey.

As you probably know, all Mainers 16+ are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There are sites all around Maine where you can register for an appointment and assistance is available for those who may be homebound. For the latest information, click here.

You may also be aware that Mainers between the ages of 50 and 64 can sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace until Aug. 15 thanks to a special open enrollment period now underway. In addition, important ACA changes are now in effect that offer expanded financial assistance on health care insurance premiums. Please contact Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care at https://www.mainecahc.org or 1-800-965-7476 with any questions or if you need assistance finding the right health care plan.

In other news, despite the pandemic, we have been able to stay connected through virtual events! We are currently offering a weekly yoga class on Friday mornings from 8:30-9:15AM. Through this class, we partner with Sea Change Yoga to bring you a gentle, yet energizing session. At the beginning of every month, we meet with Phil Chin and Eric Seltzer for “Fraud Watch with Phil and Eric,” an engaging virtual event that teaches us how to avoid fraud and scams, and become fraud fighters ourselves. Additionally, we always welcome new advocacy volunteers to join our Tuesdays at the State House team. This group meets over Zoom every Tuesday from 9:00-10:30AM and works to fight for causes that Mainers 50+ care about, including livable communities, affordable utilities, and accessible healthcare.

This week is Volunteer Appreciation week! Many Mainers, whether volunteers with the AARP Maine office or not, have been giving so much of their time and talents to others in their community. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for all you are doing.

Finally, it is with mixed emotions that I share I am taking a new position with AARP starting May 3rd.  As State Policy Council for Government Affairs, I will be focused on AARP legislative and regulatory advocacy across the country. The good news is that I’ll be working from Maine and plan to follow the ongoing work of the state office, but I will miss working with my team and all of our wonderful volunteers, as well as hearing from many of you!

You remain in the most capable of hands with Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communication Director, who has been appointed Interim State Director while AARP recruits for the position. She can be reached at jmargesson@aarp.org and I hope you will feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if there is anything you need.

I send my best wishes to you and your family for a happy spring!

Lori

Lori Parham

AARP Maine State Director

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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