Lori Parham


The solvency of social security is certain to be a major topic in the upcoming election.  We’ll discuss how and why social security was implemented 85 years ago (When FDR signed legislation enacting Social Security, on 8/14/1935, he said, “We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”) We’ll learn how the social welfare program is funded, and how the recession/unemployment/the pandemic is impacting current (and future) beneficiaries of the program.


This is the second segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the first segment, click here.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbated for people who are older, many of whom have added health problems and are more vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, inability to communicate and more. We will talk about what aid and support is available for these older Mainers, and how others can help them.

  This program has been edited for rebroadcast.


In October, Governor Mills designated Maine an age-friendly state, where all ages can stay active and connected and be able to maintain quality of life. With 69 municipalities enrolled in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, we’ll learn what it means to be considered ‘age-friendly’ and about efforts that bring together community, state and age-friendly leaders to develop a statewide action plan.


On a per capita basis, inflation-adjusted retail prescription drug spending in the U.S. increased from $90 in 1960 to $1,025 in 2017, according to Peterson-Kaiser’s Health System Tracker. Why are prescription drug prices so high, what effects do these costs have on people, and what can be done about it? We discuss some of the legislation that has been introduced to address this escalating problem.


We’ll discuss winter driving hazards, cell phone use, teen and senior driving concerns, rules of the road, new driving regulations, and DUI—especially involving marijuana. Also: what legislation is addressing driver safety?

Maine Public

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Age-Friendly Communities

Nov 13, 2017

With an aging population nationwide, more cities and communities are looking to better accommodate older adults—and to provide housing, activities and facilities that keeps them comfortable and engaged. What does an age-friendly community look like and who can it help?

Guests: Anne Schroth, Health Peninsula Program Coordinator

René Colson Hudson, director of the Healthy Island Project - Deer Isle & Stonington