AARP Maine Speaks Up for Caregivers by Supporting the CARE Act in Maine (LD666)

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving There is a group of people in Maine who frequently go unnoticed and underappreciated. They are the nearly 200,000 unpaid caregivers who provide assistance to family members or friends who can no longer take care of themselves. Family caregivers play a critical role in care transitions, especially as their loved ones move from hospitals to rehabilitation centers and back home. Today, nearly 50 percent of family caregivers perform medical/nursing tasks, often with little or no explanation or guidance.  Simple, yet …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Don’t get fooled this April, scammers are ready to “separate” you from your hard-earned money! Be cautious of emails from financial or tax institutions saying you need to update or verify account information. Refrain from giving any personal information or opening attachments. This is likely a scam as your bank would never ask you to verify sensitive information by email. Don’t let scammers get the last laugh. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

Film Spotlights Feeding the Hungry

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Home & Family | Local Resources A new short film, With Friends Like These, spotlights the extraordinary story of a volunteer effort led by retired businessman Dale Flewelling to feed the hungry in Aroostook and Washington counties. AARP Maine produced the film in hopes of spurring similar efforts statewide. The story details a community program, Friends of Aroostook, that has harvested and distributed 120,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce to the region’s poorest communities to mitigate senior hunger. “People on fixed incomes often must make …

AARP Maine Has Moved to a New Office

Posted on 03/30/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Contact Us   AARP Maine has moved to a new location in Portland!  We are now at 53 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME 04101. All our contact information is the same: 1-866-554-5380 www.aarp.org/me   Media inquiries should be directed to: Jane Margesson jmargesson@aarp.org or cell (207) 229-5628   Image: googlemaps

SCAM ALERT! New Telephone Scam Hits Maine

Posted on 03/27/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Press FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2015   CONTACT Jane Margesson (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org   Warning Re: New Telephone Scam in Maine  Fraudulent Callers Claim They Are Monitoring a Computer Virus   PORTLAND – AARP Maine received information today from the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce concerning fraudulent telephone calls being made to residents from callers claiming to be from a company called MCI-ITS S-Telesy.  The caller ID phone number is 213-337-0014. The caller asks for computer passwords and personal information …

Sign our Petition! We Cannot Afford Cuts to Programs for Those Most At Risk!

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving We want you to meet Margie Higgins.Margie is a native Mainer, born in Bar Harbor and now living in Bangor. Like more than 30 percent of seniors over 65 in Maine, Margie lives solely off of her once-a-month Social Security check. For her, that’s just $1,291 per month. Like many folks here in Maine, Margie has healthcare needs that would normally far exceed her ability to pay out-of-pocket for: heart trouble, blood pressure and osteoporosis which force her to take four …