Tips to Stay Safe From Holiday Fraud – Check out our Informative Video

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family It’s the holiday season and, unfortunately, it’s high season for scam artists. With a jump in consumer shopping, spending and giving in December, this is also a month filled with opportunities for scammers.  There are simple tips that can help you avoid common scams.  For example, do you like to give gift cards to friends or family?  Don’t take the cards for the kiosks in stores.  Ask for them at the register.  Why?  Because scammers copy or scan the numbers on …

Help Sought for In-home Services

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family With a new legislative session under way, AARP Maine is urging lawmakers to improve access to services that help people continue to live in their own homes as they age. Such services include home-delivered meals and help with daily activities such as bathing and transportation. “These services are critical for our most vulnerable citizens,” said John Hennessy, AARP associate state director for advocacy. In a recent AARP survey, 3 out of 4 registered voters age 50-plus in Maine said funding …

AARP Recognizes the Almost 200,000 Caregivers in Maine

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014   Contact: Lori Parham AARP Maine State Director 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org   NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH AARP Recognizes Remarkable Silent Army of Mainers; Launches “I Heart Caregivers”   ***Audio and video available***   PORTLAND –November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, almost 200,000 in Maine, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as …

Medicare Open Enrollment 10/15 – 12/7

Posted on 11/24/2014 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 …

I Heart Caregivers – Please Share Your Story

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Home & Family Every day, a silent and remarkable army of Americans performs a great labor of love: Caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends so they can remain in their own homes.  They are on duty 24/7, and often they cannot take a break. Yet they wouldn’t have it any other way. These caregivers are truly unsung heroes. Many caregivers face enormous challenges.  For some it is hard to keep a job.  For others, it is a daily struggle just to get …

Goal: Support Aging in Place

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Nearly 4 in 5 Mainers age 50-plus say it is extremely or very important to remain at home as they age, a recent AARP survey found. In response, AARP Maine is urging lawmakers to support respite for caregivers and other services that can help people age in place rather than moving into a long-term care facility.  “Maine people have spoken, and they have been clear: Staying in their home and community for as long as possible is their preference,” said …