Wednesday, 11 January 2017 13:59

AARP announces legislative agenda of keeping elderly in homes Featured

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AARP announces legislative agenda of keeping elderly in homes

AUGUSTA - The American Association of Retired Persons will be watching closely as the legislative session rolls along.

It's promoting several pieces of legislation that will benefit older residents of Maine.

 

One measure would provide a tax credit for working Mainer's that also care for an elderly family member.

 

The AARP said those Mainers save the state $2.2 billion annually by helping to keep seniors in their homes and out of costly institutions.

 

Outreach Director Jay Els said "So this really is an acknowledgement from the larger community of Maine, saying we appreciate the work you are doing. We acknowledge that what you're doing is good and often this is the support they need to sort of make it through the year."

 

Another measure supported by the AARP would force Governor LePage to release money from a voter approved bond to construct housing for the elderly and to make repairs to their current homes.