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Shred Identity Theft

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is fighting identity theft in Maine, and invites everyone—members and nonmembers alike—to bring a box or bag of papers to one of several free shredding events in the state. Gather your outdated bank statements, canceled checks, credit card junk mail and receipts with identifying information and bring them to a shredding truck. Staples and paper clips don’t need to be removed. “Securely disposing of sensitive documents is a good way to keep your personal information out of the hands …

Making Maine More Livable

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Five Maine towns work to be more age-friendly… Is your community next?              Five Maine towns and cities are systematically working to become more age-friendly, by participating in the AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. The aging of Maine’s population presents new challenges for Maine communities. “The median age in Maine is 44—the oldest in the nation,” according to Lori Parham, AARP Maine state director. AARP surveys show that a large majority of Mainers – about 85% — would prefer …

New Law Protects Consumers in Data Breach

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

A new state law will help Washington consumers stave off identity theft when their personal and financial information is compromised by a computer breach. The law—proposed by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) and backed by AARP—requires businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose data is hacked to notify affected consumers and the attorney general within 45 days. It also requires hacked organizations to provide information that can help consumers secure their credit card numbers, user names and passwords. In …

Medicaid at 50: Bolstering Services

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Ann Levin Several days a week, a New York City Access-A-Ride van picks up Margueritte Wilkins at her Bronx apartment and takes her to a senior center in midtown Manhattan. There, Wilkins enjoys a hot lunch and participates in a variety of activities, including exercise and art classes, karaoke and memory games. For Wilkins, 67, the program has been rewarding, helping to restore her sense of self-worth after catastrophic illnesses in 2009 and 2013. “I like to go there,” …

Medicaid at 50: Relief for the Most Vulnerable

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Steven Sarton woke up in a nursing home a week after he suffered a stroke several years ago. Sarton, now 54, had memory loss and speech problems. He couldn’t walk. He needed the help a nursing home provided, but was frustrated by such things as the communal bathroom and poor food quality. In February, Sarton and his fiancée moved to an accessible apartment building in Ewing with the help of a Medicaid program offering home- and …

Brindar asistencia a quienes la necesitan

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Por Christina Hernandez Sherwood Steven Sarton se despertó en un hogar de cuidados para adultos mayores una semana después de haber padecido un derrame cerebral hace varios años. Sarton, quien ahora tiene 54 años, tuvo pérdida de memoria y problemas del habla. No podía caminar. Necesitaba la ayuda que se le proporcionaba en un hogar de cuidados, pero lo frustraban cosas como el baño común y la mala calidad de la comida. En febrero, Sarton y su prometida se mudaron …