Medicare Open Enrollment 10/15 – 12/7

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family Medicare Open Enrollment runs from 10/15 – 12/7.  This is a once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your plan! http://bit.ly/1w3Prv6    Medicare open enrollment, which begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, is the one time each year when you can make changes to get the health and drug coverage that fit you best. Your needs and Medicare plan benefits can change over time, so use the open enrollment period to compare your options and if necessary, switch to …

AARP Survey: Consumers Must do More to Avoid Identity Theft

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family   ID Thieves Embrace New High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect Their Identities   New report reveals consumers are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital   PORTLAND: A new nationwide survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes.  But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans …

Listen to MPBN’s Three-Part Radio Series on Caregiving

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family Caregivers in Maine and the Challenges They Face: The third story in MPBN’s Maine Things Considered caregiving series spotlights 81-year-old Anne Palmer, who is caring for her 44-year-old disabled son, Todd, and worries about his future.         The second story in the series aired on 9/19 focuses on Janice Miller who cared for her husband, George, during his battle with ALS.   The first story in this caregiving series aired 9/12 on MPBN.  The first broadcast features a mother …

Support Needed for Caregivers

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family As AARP Maine prepares for the 2015 legislative session, two studies validate the need for services to relieve the burden on about 191,000 family caregivers in the state. A recent scorecard on long-term services and supports ranked Maine 38th among the states in emotional wellbeing of family caregivers. And in a recent AARP survey, 89 percent of Maine voters said it is important for elected officials to support measures that could help family caregivers. AARP provides resources for caregivers at …

Friends of Aroostook – Making a Difference One Crop at a Time

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family A Heart-Felt Harvest in The County By Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director Originally published in Maine Seniors Magazine – September 2014 Our day started at 5:15 AM and while anyone who knows me knows that I am not a “morning person,” I was looking forward to getting to work. We were very lucky, too, as the torrential downpour from the day before had subsided. It was cool and a little overcast – perfect for our day’s work in the …

Changes to the Property Tax Fairness Credit May Impact You

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family CHANGES TO THE PROPERTY TAX FAIRNESS CREDIT MAY IMPACT YOU   Are you a low to moderate income individual? Do you pay a significant amount of your income for rent and/or property tax? If so, 2014 changes to the state of Maine Property Tax Fairness Credit may impact you.   You may receive a larger credit than you received last year, may receive a credit even if you were not eligible last year and, in some instances, no longer be eligible …