Free Shredding Event in Auburn on Sept. 12th

Posted on 09/3/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Don’t let the next victim be you! Rifling through trash cans for personal information is a common tactic of identity thieves. Shredding sensitive and personal documents can minimize your risk. AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting a free shredding event the Auburn Walmart, 100 Mt. Auburn Ave, Auburn, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and Social Security and/or driver’s license numbers. To protect …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 09/2/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Public Wi-Fi tends to draw people in for its convenience and easy accessibility. However, it’s also become a prime target for scammers. In a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network survey, “Convenience versus Security”, about 40% of respondents weren’t aware of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi. Here are a few tips to make sure you aren’t oversharing with scammers: don’t access your email, online bank or credit card accounts using public Wi-Fi and don’t surf using an unknown public network …

AARP Maine and American Red Cross Team up on Fire Safety & Scam Prevention

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Community | Fraud September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and AARP Maine is collaborating with the American Red Cross (ARC) in Maine to raise awareness about fire prevention. The ARC goal is to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent statewide over the next five years. The campaign urges every household in Maine to have functioning smoke detectors and to make an emergency escape plan. By working together, the two non-profits will reach a broader audience across the state. The Red Cross has embarked on a statewide fire prevention and awareness campaign. …

Fight Fire and Fraud

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud | Home & Family | Livable Communities | Uncategorized AARP Maine is working with the Red Cross to raise awareness about fire prevention. The goal is to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent statewide over the next five years. The campaign urges every household to have smoke alarms and an emergency escape plan. In addition, the two organizations are distributing AARP Fraud Watch Network handbooks. “By working together, AARP and the Red Cross can more effectively reach out to our communities to protect families, property and financial …

Demand Accountability for Your Retirement Investments

Posted on 08/28/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Money & Work Mainers work hard for their money and deserve a new standard of accountability to help them choose the best investments for themselves, their families and their future. Along with millions of Americans, they depend on 401(k)-style plans for their retirement savings. These plans allow workers to invest a portion of their paycheck before taxes are taken out. Such plans often involve complex financial decisions, so many of us have to use and trust investment professionals for guidance. The Department of …

Tool Time for Age-Friendly Bowdoinham

Posted on 08/27/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Community | Livable Communities Tool Time for Age-Friendly Bowdoinham Bowdoinham is one five Maine communities which are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. It began its age friendly planning process in 2012 under the auspices of the WHO and is first to be implementing portions of its action plan. The 2012 needs assessment identified the following five ways that Bowdoinham could become a more aging friendly community: (1)  provide readily-available information about community events and access to services; (2) develop transportation alternatives; …