— Elder abuse is a growing problem throughout the U.S. and in Maine. Studies show that 11-24 percent of people over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Maine is the oldest state in the U.S., and over 30,000 older Mainers are victims of elder abuse.  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 90 percent of abusers are family members. All of us know elderly people. They may be our parents, grandparents, friends, …

— By Ingrid Alvarez Hello! My name is Ingrid Alvarez and I am thrilled to share my blogging debut with all of you.  I am the State Director of Hispanic Federation in Connecticut.  Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF supports and works in the areas of health, education, philanthropy, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement, civil rights, and the environment. I am excited to share with you the inaugural FUERZAFEST Connecticut – the …

— Join us in learning the five pillars of brain healthy behaviors, which research tells us if we undertake starting today, regardless of our age, will help reduce the risk of age-related diseases and optimize our chances of maintaining our cognitive abilities. Share your brain healthy behaviors and be inspired by others. It’s never too late to take charge of our brain health and improve our quality of life.   Brain Health a Community Conversation Tuesday, November 07, 2017 From 2:00 p.m. – …

— EXCITING NEWS! This discount has been extended to Sunday, August 27th! Presented by Portland Stage and Maine State Music Theatre. AARP members enjoy $10 off the regular ticket price for the upcoming show The All Night Strut for shows on August 15 through August 27. Regular ticket price is $46-50, AARP price is $36-40. A $3 processing fee per ticket applies to all ticket sales. To purchase tickets: Members can access the tickets directly through Portland Stage using discount code RP2017. …

— Working family caregivers face unique challenges that can leave them exhausted, overwhelmed, and worried about meeting commitments both at work and at home. New research by Home Instead Inc. found working family caregivers report experiencing additional strain in multiple areas of their life including finances (60%), career (65%), physical and mental health (74% and 81% respectively), and ability to manage work-life balance (83%). Per the survey, top stressors for working caregivers were: Feeling torn between work and family responsibilities.  25% …

— Painted on the wall of the For The Love of Dogs training room is the saying, “A Dog’s Tail Never Lies.” Beneath it, Cocoa, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, looks up intently, at her “mom.” True to Pavlov’s theory, Cocoa’s tail wags patiently and enthusiastically as she awaits the forthcoming treat  she’ll be rewarded for good behavior following the sound of dog trainer, Cheryl Flemming’s “click.” The “Clicker Method” is the method of training Cheryl uses in her workshops and …

— Wine Down with AARP VIRGINIA IN DEL RAY! Join us for Wine Down Wednesdays at FireFlies on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to enjoy dinner with other AARP members and their guests and receive a 20% discount on your dinner entree. Full menu ordering is available. Come as you are and leave as you wish anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.   Wine Down with us the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sept 13 …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— Hey sports fans, come hang out with AARP and enjoy live music at the iHeart Mets Jam Music Festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from noon to 4 pm. You and your family can get autographs from your favorite Mets players and take advantage of the home run derby, the speed pitch, and the batting cage—all for FREE. To attend, be sure to get a Meet & Greet pass at the Central Park SummerStage entrance (Enter the park at E 72nd …

— If you’re planning to move this summer, be on the lookout for unlicensed movers and fake moving companies. You should get at least three quotes from prospective moving companies before hiring one. Be aware of movers that don’t send an estimator to your house beforehand, demand cash or a large deposit up front, and/or have unrealistic low-ball offers. Make sure you know whom you’re working with before you pay any money. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a …