Dirigo, our state motto which means "I lead," certainly holds true when it comes to Maine's Lifelong Communities movement, which has become a national exemplar.
Nearly 100 towns, cities, counties, regions, and the State of Maine have embraced the importance of shaping great places for people to age by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. In 2022, the University of Maine joined the University of New England as a fully endorsed member of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network, making Maine a leader nationally and internationally in the age-friendly movement.
Across Maine, grassroots Lifelong Communities, formal members of the AARP Network, and others following a similar path, are leveraging local assets to build community capacity addressing challenges such as accessible spaces, access to technology, food security, home repair, transportation, and social connections.
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