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— The first day of autumn is national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, founded by the National Council on Aging in 2008. Falls Prevention Awareness Week was embraced here in Maine by the Piscataquis Thriving in Place Collaborative. The week’s events featured four days of fall risk screenings, which included pharmacist medication reviews, balance and vision screening at various community centers including a church, fitness center, health center and town hall. A highlight of the week was The Falling Monologues, a play that addresses falls …

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— 9/21 SCAM ALERT While there are plenty of contests run by reputable organizations, there is also a lot of fraud. Every day, people lose thousands of dollars to prize scams. Know it’s a scam if you have to pay “taxes,” “shipping and handling charges,” or “processing fees” to get your prize. Another red flag is if you’re asked for a credit card number or your checking account number. Also, if a prize notice was sent by bulk rate, that means …

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— Social Security was signed into law more than 80 years ago on August 14th and, as we celebrate its 81st birthday, it is important to consider how crucial this program is to all Mainers, particularly to Maine women. At the time of its passage in 1935, almost half of older Americans lived in poverty.  While first simply a retirement program, today, Social Security offers survivors’ benefits, benefits to a retiree’s spouse, and disability benefits. Social Security is the foundation of …

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— Join us!  Have a beer or coffee on us. Meet us at one of our On-Tap and Coffee events in Augusta, Bangor, or Portland and find out what AARP is doing in your community. Email me@aarp.org to RSVP to any of these events. Augusta Coffee 8:00–10:00 a.m. | Sept. 21 & Oct. 19 Lisa’s Restaurant, 15 Bangor Street, Augusta 8:00–10:00 a.m. | Nov. 16 Cony Flatiron Senior Residence, 1 10 Cony Street, Augusta Bangor On-Tap and Coffee 4:30–7:00 p.m. | Sept. 15, Oct. 13, …

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— 9/14 SCAM ALERT If a telemarketer ever asks you to pay for something by wire transfer or by providing a PIN to a cash reload card, hang up because it is most certainly a fraud. New rules from the Federal Trade Commission bar this activity. Now, prohibiting it doesn’t mean scammers won’t try to convince you to pay this way, but if they do, know that it’s a violation of the law. Hang up and then report it at www.ftc.gov/complaint. …

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— Our Annual Day of Service Brings AARP Maine to Preble Street For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers around the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11 by volunteering in our communities. Each year on September 11th, every AARP office across the country closes its doors and we all participate in a Day of Service, donating a full work day to a designated project in our own communities.  Here in Maine, as we have in years past, our …

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—  9/7 SCAM ALERT In honor of Grandparents Day, this is a warning that the distress call you get from a grandchild could be a scam. A con artist will call or e-mail in a desperate state, pretending to be your grandchild. She may even know family member names. She will ask you to wire her money to fix her car, buy a plane ticket, or get out of jail, or some other made up reason. If you get a call …

Dirigo Speaks 2016

— We’re excited to announce the launch of AARP Maine’s new speaker series, “Dirigo Speaks.” Partnering with the Bangor Daily News, we’re thrilled to present a new platform for Maine leaders and regional news-makers to share opinions, ideas and perspectives on what’s happening (and not happening) here in the Pine Tree State. Our first events have been confirmed for the Bangor area and we hope  that you’ll join us for all three of them next month! Here are the details and …

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— GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD BANK ASKS MAINERS TO TAKE ACTION TO END HUNGER Our friends at Good Shepherd Food Bank, along with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, mark September as Hunger Action Month in an effort to bring an end to hunger.   In Maine, more than 200,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know when or where they’ll find their next meal. Too many older Mainers struggle with the decision to heat their homes or put food on the table. …

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—  Great event coming up in Portland featuring AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham, as a panel moderator! Connecting Health and Housing: A Regional Forum in Portland, Maine  Friday, September 23, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET Add to calendar Join the conversation on Twitter: #BPClive The nation’s population of older adults is set to grow exponentially, with the number of Americans over 65 expected to increase by 18 million in just the next decade. Maine is at the forefront …