— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft ONE NIGHT ONLY! AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades, will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at a free event at USM in Portland on April 20th.  Registration is required and we urge you to register early before we sell out: c Abagnale, who …

— AARP Maine is pleased to support a Caregiver Tax Credit, which would provide an income tax credit of up to $2,500 for eligible caregiver expenses for family caregivers earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for a couple). The first step in the process is a public hearing. The Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing for the Caregiver Tax Credit on Monday, February 27th beginning at 1:00pm. We welcome our members to join us for the public hearing to demonstrate to …

— This week we had our third Tuesday at the State House, where 10 members braved the snow to join us. We spent the morning in the State Senate and spoke with a number of State Senators. After lunch we went to the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee where we provided testimony on a bill that addresses the funding of broadband access at schools and public libraries across the state. The Portland Press Herald covered this issue saying, “The Maine School …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Launches Campaign Urging Opposition to “Age Tax” Congressional Proposal Would Charge Older Americans Thousands of Dollars More for Health Insurance Washington, DC —AARP today launched a campaign against the “age tax,” a proposed unfair penalty on older adults that would line the pockets of big insurance companies, allowing them to charge older Americans over $3,000 more than they currently pay per year. .AARP launched a new series …

— Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest again. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

— The legislative highlights of this week were the State of the State and our Bangor State House Deep Dive. AARP Maine responded to the Governor’s State of the State with a press release that can be found on our blog earlier this week. Tuesday was a busy day at the State House despite the snow, but closed the State House on Thursday. On Tuesday AARP Maine provided testimony in support of LD 19, An Act to Assist Residents of Nursing …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/07/2017 Contact:          Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director lparham@aarp.org 400-1026 Amy Gallant, AARP Maine Advocacy Director agallant@aarp.org 318-0284   AARP Maine Responds to Governor’s 2017 State-of-the-State Address: Raises Concerns of Mainers 50+ and Offers Policy Solutions   PORTLAND: AARP Maine is responding tonight to Governor Paul LePage’s State of the State address delivered this evening in Augusta. “Given Maine is the oldest state, AARP Maine appreciates the Governor’s concern for older Mainers,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “However, policies that …