Protect Your Identity From Thieves

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Identity theft is a major concern for Mainers age 50-plus, yet many do not take precautions to reduce their risk. According to a 2014 AARP state survey, 4 out of 10 registered Maine voters age 50-plus have encountered a scam or know someone who has in the past five years. A 2014 AARP national study of identity theft shows that many Americans are not taking precautions to reduce their risk: 52 percent do not check their free credit report each …

Learn How to Save Money and Make Smart Choices w/ Jean Chatzky

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Money & Work If you would like to learn how to save money and make smart choices, whether you are a retiree or just thinking about retiring, tune in to hear Jean Chatzky on “Senior Talk” on WVOM FM.  The program is now available by podcast. Jean Chatzky, AARP’s financial ambassador, is a best-selling author and an award-winning personal finance journalist. She is the finance editor for NBC’s Today show and the host of Cash Call With Jean Chatzky on RLTV.  Jean believes knowing how to manage money is one …

Happy 79th Anniversary Social Security!

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Money & Work Just last month we celebrated the 49th anniversary of Medicare. On August 14th we are celebrate another program that has helped millions of Americans since its creation- Social Security! Today Social Security continues to help hundreds of thousands of Mainers, of all ages. There are approximately 314,392 Social Security beneficiaries in Maine,  many of whom rely on the program for their sole source of income. In fact, a report from the Center on Budget and Public Priorities reports that in …

A New Phone Scam Targeting Mainers

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Money & Work “Don’t hang up!” This is how the latest scam call begins, and the scam artists are hoping it will end with your giving them your money. Many Mainers have reported receiving a phone call in which they are told not to hang up and that AARP is making available a senior alert system. The caller also says that you have been referred to the program by a physician and if you buy into the program, you will receive $3,000 in …

AARP Maine Voices Mixed Reaction to PUC’s Decision on Central Maine Power’s Rate Increase

Posted on 07/29/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Money & Work NEWS RELEASE:  07/29/14 Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director (207) 400-1026/ lparham@aarp.org Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628/ jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Voices Mixed Reaction to PUC’s Decision on Central Maine Power’s Rate Increase Calls the Negotiated Proposal Only a Small Win for CMP’s 500,000 Customers PORTLAND: AARP Maine voiced a mixed reaction today following the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) announcement of its final decision regarding a steep rate increase proposed earlier this year by Central Maine …

Attention Budding Entrepreneurs

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP is working with the Small Business Administration to offer free webinars for budding entrepreneurs age 50-plus. The online courses offer advice on how to jump-start a new venture or expand a small business. Participants can learn how to write a business plan, finance start-up costs and build a customer base. “These courses can help the growing ranks of boomers who want to go into business for themselves—whether because of a layoff, a need for supplemental income or the desire …