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Updated: February 24, 2023

Over 50? AARP Maine wants to hear from you

Noel Bonam sitting down File photo / Jim Neuger AARP Maine State Director Noël Bonam

Are you a Mainer over age 50 with questions, concerns, or complaints about retirement and daily life?

Then AARP Maine wants to hear from you in a month-long virtual listening tour that runs through March 20. Participants are invited to share their thoughts and pose questions on a range of topics from caregiving challenges to volunteering opportunities.

AARP members and non-members alike are invited to take part in the initiative, the second of its kind in the Pine Tree State for the nonprofit, which heard a wealth of concerns, suggestions and ideas in last year's inaugural edition.

"We learned a great deal last year that informed our work for the rest of the year," AARP State Director Noël Bonam told Mainebiz. "We were able to highlight the voices of the people who join us to speak up about their needs. We also learned about specific regional needs."

Building on those results, Bonam said the organization is inviting not only Maine residents to participate this year, but also lawmakers and regional partners "so that they can hear directly from their constituents."

Bonam is embarking on the tour with AARP volunteer state President Carl Bucciantini and executive council member Carl Toney in the virtual Zoom sessions. Following the exercise, the plan is to share AARP resources, help Mainers navigate concerns or ideas and connect people with local resources and services.

"What is most important to us is to hear all that you have to say," according to the organization.

The initiative comes amid Maine's growing appeal for retirees moving here from other states, as detailed in the latest Mainebiz cover story.

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A total of eight listening sessions in regions across the state are being hosted by local organizations.

Two sessions have been held so far, and the third is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, for the southern Maine/Maine beaches region.

Find out more about registering for any of the sessions here; while interested participants are invited to register for their region, they may feel free to join any session that fits their schedule.


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