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Build Maine Conference

October 6, 2014
Join economic and civic leaders on November 5 and 6 in Lewiston, Maine for Build Maine: a tactical approach to growing Maine towns and cities.

How can we build economically stronger, more successful towns and cities in Maine through strategic, high impact investments?  What if all people involved in the work of building Maine — the builders,...



Vet-to-Vet Program Launched!

Veterans Helping Veterans

Southern Maine Agency on Aging has launched a wonderful program called Vet-to-Vet that matches older veterans with younger veterans for socialization, friendship and help.  Veteran volunteers receive...



2014 State Senior Health Rankings Released

May 26, 2013

The second annual Senior Health Ranking has been released! Click here for a summary. Maine ranked 14th healthiest overall for the health of our citizens 65+ yrs and older. The report presents data on...



Legal Services for the Elderly Public Service Announcements

May 27, 2014

Using grant funding from the Administration for Community Living and the John T. Gorman Foundation, Legal Services for the Elderly is currently conducting a statewide public awareness campaign focused...



Money Minders

April 4, 2013

Are you over age 55 and feeling overwhelmed by managing your bills? Would you like someone to balance your bank statement to your check register? Do you need help creating and meeting a monthly...



Advocating for Better Health

September 22, 2013

Click here to watch a Choosing Wisely video on "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question." Click here to find out more about Choosing Wisely in Maine, a collaborative effort between patients...



Avoid Foreign Lottery Scams

March 17, 2014

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service warns that foreign lottery and sweepstakes fraud cost Americans millions every year and can seriously impact the lives of victims and their families. Entire fortunes,...



The Challenge of our Age Wins National Award

Portland Press Herald wins prestigious 2013 Scripps Howard Award for The Challenge of our Age series.

Info on the Health Insurance Marketplace

September 27, 2013

Good news for folks on Medicare!  If you currently have Medicare, congratulations! You already have health insurance! People who have or are applying for Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans,...



11th Annual Quality Counts conference April 2nd

December 27, 2013

Maine Quality Counts, the Maine Primary Care Association, and the Maine Public Health Association are once again partnering to bring you the 11th Annual Quality Counts conference titled, Transformation...



Choosing Wisely - patients and providers working together to reduce health care waste

August 30, 2013

Click here to watch the Choosing Wisely Learning Network Consumer Engagement webinar. Click here to watch a Choosing Wisely video on "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question." Click...



The Medicare Savings Program and Drugs for the Elderly Program saved from Biennial Budget Cuts

March 8, 2013

Update 2/11/14: LD 1719 proposes to allocate $275,000 on a one-time basis for access to transitional assistance for Medicare Savings Program (MSP) members who are losing state assistance with Medicare...



A Guide to Creating an Aging Friendly Maine

October 18, 2013

On 10/15/13 at the Speaker’s Round Table Discussion on Aging, the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, in collaboration with AARP Maine, released a report entitled Building a Collaborative...



New MaineCare transportation broker system a mess

July 12, 2013

Read the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging's January 9th testimony before the Health and Human Services committee in support of LD 1636 and returning to the service...



Maine Summit on Aging

December 27, 2013

Thank you to everyone who made the January 17th Maine Summit on Aging a success, if you would like to find out more about the Maine Aging Initiative go to http://mainecouncilonaging.org/maine-aging-initiative.php...



930 Coats for Seniors Donated

October 18, 2013

UPDATE: Thanks to all you who helped us collect 930 Coats for Maine Seniors! As a result, LL Bean will donate $4,650 to M4A to go to older people in Maine who need fuel assistance. Thanks to all our partners...



Stand Against Elder Abuse

June 7, 2013

If you see an elderly person being abused, or if you think that the elderly person is not being cared for, report it. You don’t have to have proof someone is being abused or neglected to make a report....



National Issues Advocacy

March 30, 2013

Call Congress today and ask them to end the Sequester and restore funding to Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging!  In Maine 28,350 fewer Meals on Wheels will be delivered to shut-in seniors, 20,000...



Cover Maine Now! partners with M4A

September 13, 2013

Update 9/13: $701,370 a day. That's how much money Maine will miss out on PER DAY starting in January because Governor LePage denied health care coverage to nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 2,700...



Thousands of Mainers' transportation to their Doctors effected by new broker system

July 12, 2013

Update 9/13: read our new article about the mess caused by the new transportation broker system: http://www.maine4a.org/feed.php?num=0&feed_id=41&news_id=157 [Update 7/18: Some good news,...



First Ever Maine State Plan on Alzheimer's

March 11, 2013

The Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, State Senator Margaret Craven, the Maine Center for Disease Control and many other community stakeholders are excited to announce the release of the first ever State...



LD 527 An Act To Protect Elders and Vulnerable Adults from Exploitation has become law

Update: 7/10 the Legislature passed LD 527 and it became law without the Governor LePage’s signature.  Click here to read the bill. [Click here for testimony before the Criminal Justice...



We Saved Low Cost Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled from Budget Cuts

March 15, 2013

Click here to find out how the Biennial budget cuts to Maine’s Drugs for the Elderly program was avoided. 6/26 Update: The Senate has voted to override the Governor's veto of the state budget. And,...



The 65-and-above age group will account for nearly all of Maine’s population growth in the next ten years.

February 6, 2013

According to Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2012 Edition, Maine’s older population, persons age 65-and-above, is close to one-fifth...