Ready to Join our Speakers Bureau? Attend One of Our Trainings!

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Ready to join AARP Maine’s Speakers Bureau?  Why not attend one of our trainings? Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to 40 staff and volunteers. Our goal is to develop a team of volunteer speakers who can represent AARP Maine’s mission and message about the organization as whole and specific issue areas. RSVP is REQUIRED!  Questions? Email me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303   PORTLAND – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th: RSVP …

Data Breach Fraud Watch – Freeze Out Identity Theft

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Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the one recently reported by Equifax, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as borrowers. Before buying a house or …

Four Maine Age-Friendly Communities Among Winners of AARP Community Challenge

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  AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Maine AARP Funds Four Quick Action Community Projects in Maine to Make Communities More Livable     PORTLAND—AARP Maine announces four winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Bethel, Bowdoinham, North Yarmouth and Wayne. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. …

Welcome to Fall! A message from our State Director, Lori Parham

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Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham:   Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on health care as we followed the Senate and the roller-coaster ride of health care bills and votes.  I want to acknowledge those …

7/26 Scam Alert: Beware What You Share on Public WiFi

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7/26 SCAM ALERT Using public Wi-Fi puts you at risk of sharing personal information with criminals.  If you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, anyone else on that same network can tap into the information you’re transferring over the network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing, leaving passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Stick to browsing the web and checking news when on public Wi-Fi. Avoid online banking, checking …

Senate Health Care Bill: The Impact on Maine

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DEFEATED SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS AARP Maine was opposed to this deeply flawed legislation after analysis showed that it would have a disastrous impact on Mainers 50 and older.  During the crucial weeks of June and July, when a vote was imminent and the pressure on Senators across the country was mounting, volunteers, staff and local residents met with both Senator Collins and Senator King to express our concerns.  AARP Maine urged both Senators …

7/19 Scam Alert: Home Repair Scams

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7/19 SCAM ALERT We are in prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job. Avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start any work, ask …

AARP Foundation Seeks Homeowners (age 50+) for Focus Groups on 7/24 in Lewiston and South Portland

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    Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

7/12 Scam Alert! Beware of Caller ID “Spoofing”

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7/12 SCAM ALERT Caller ID spoofing is making its way to phones near you. Scammers have mastered calling people using a fake name and number that will pop up on your phone. The call will seem urgent; for example, it could concern something like an account that is about to be cancelled unless you immediately give your bank information or credit card number for payment. Never give out personal information via an incoming phone call.  You never know who is …

Scam Alert 7/5: Home Security Summer Scam

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7/5 SCAM ALERT If you have a sign for a home security system in your yard, be wary of this summer scam. Fraudsters will hire college students to walk through neighborhoods looking for houses with security system signs. The student will tell the homeowner the security company is going out of business, and the student’s “company” is taking over the account. The homeowner is told she has to buy new equipment and sign a new contract. Only the equipment is …