Thinking about your “What’s next?”

Posted on 07/27/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources As we get older, we can fall into traps. Traps in certain ways of thinking. Traps in a particular habits we have become unaccustomed to. Most importantly, traps in how we view ourselves and the world around us. Sometimes, it takes a little imagination, and a lot of effort, to redefine those views and those ways of thinking. That’s the idea behind Life Reimagined: refining our purpose in a new way, be it through the arts, relationships, a new career …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Seeks Volunteers for 2016 Tax Season

Posted on 07/23/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Volunteering       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/23/15 Media Contact: Jane Margesson (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Seeks Volunteers for 2016 Tax Season Volunteer-Run Program Files Over 20,000 Returns in Maine Each Year PORTLAND: During the 2015 ten week tax filing season, two hundred and eighty-four volunteers helped over twenty four thousand individuals take advantage of the services provided by the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program.  Nearly all of the federal and state income tax returns prepared were filed …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud The computer tech support scam has become one of the top imposter scams in recent years. Be on the lookout for a suspicious email or phone call from Microsoft or another company claiming that your computer has an operating issue or virus that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Make sure you never give them any personal information or access to your computer because these scammers will steal your information and money. Be a fraud fighter!  If you …

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

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Community | Fraud 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 in Maine to have functioning smoke detectors and to make an emergency escape plan. In addition, the two organizations are distributing AARP Fraud Watch Network handbooks. We are working together to more effectively reach out to our communities to protect families, property and financial security. In Maine, the top three areas where fires tend to start are the kitchen (62 percent), living room …

State and Federal Legislation Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing Last week Senator Collins introduced the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act in the US Senate. This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a National Family Caregiving Project to develop and sustain a national strategy to support family caregivers, and is based on a recommendation of the bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care. The act is modeled on a law Senator Collins co-authored in 2010 that created a coordinated strategic national …

Shred Identity Theft

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud AARP is fighting identity theft in Maine, and invites everyone—members and nonmembers alike—to bring a box or bag of papers to one of several free shredding events in the state. Gather your outdated bank statements, canceled checks, credit card junk mail and receipts with identifying information and bring them to a shredding truck. Staples and paper clips don’t need to be removed. “Securely disposing of sensitive documents is a good way to keep your personal information out of the hands …