Dr. Bill Thomas

You can’t stop getting older, but you can disrupt aging by ignoring outdated expectations and defining yourself. Bill Thomas, M.D., a geriatrician who champions nurturing environments for long-term care, is on a national tour promoting a new view of aging through a nonfiction theatrical performance called Life’s Most Dangerous Game. Sponsored by AARP, the tour includes stops on May 16 in Cape Cod, Mass.; May 17, Pittsfield, Mass.; May 18, Hartford, Conn.; May 19, Providence, R.I.; and May 20, Portland, …

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4/27: SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Beware of phone calls coming from the “Federal Grants Administration.” This is one of the top ten scams reported to the U.S. Senate Aging Committee.  Scammers call stating they are from the “Federal Grants Administration” or the “Federal Grants Department” and claiming that you are entitled to a “free grant.”  They ask you to wire money to them for processing fees. They then explain that as soon as they receive the money to cover these …

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization with a social mission. We envision a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose. AARP Maine is working to enhance the lives of Mainers 50+ through advocacy, information sharing, volunteerism and service. Our staff and volunteers advocate on issues such as caregiving, livable communities, affordable utilities and consumer fraud, to name a few.  We have resources and information to help you make informed health and retirement decisions. AARP Maine is also proud to have volunteers …

Photo credit to April Stool & Community Clean Up Day Facebook Page, posted 3/26

Join Lori and Sophie on Saturday, April 23rd for the 24th Annual April Stools Day! Please join this community effort to help clean up the neighborhood of winter’s waste. The annual neighborhood clean up day is hosted by Friends of the Eastern Promenade and the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Association, with help from the Southern Maine Landlord Association. This event started 24 years ago with one woman tacking up flyers, asking her neighbors on the Eastern Prom to get together on …

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4/20: SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Turns out free WIFI may not be so free after all. Scammers love to frequent places that offer free WIFI and set up “hotspots” that actually enable them to redirect your connection so they can see what you are working on.  Unknowingly, you may be sharing important emails and credit card information directly with these hackers. Here is what to watch out for: Suspicious activity such as someone else logging into your email or malware …

Shredding

Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is collaborating with community partners, law enforcement, legislators and community leaders to host free shredding events and scam awareness workshops.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us on one or both days?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. Bring all sensitive paperwork …

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Each month in several communities around Maine, our volunteers and members get together to check-in and figure out ways to begin making an impact in their own communities. Whether it’s part of our Livable Communities and Age Friendly work or related to our strong state advocacy campaigns, there’s a wealth of opportunities worth plugging into. These coffees are your chance to get connected and hear a bit more about how to help your communities benefit from some of this important work. …

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AARP Maine has been the lead opponent to FairPoint’s proposed deregulation of the Provider of Last Resort (POLR) service in Maine since 2012. Nearly 3,000 Mainers 50+ signed a petition to save landline phones, and legislators received hundreds of phone calls and emails from concerned citizen this session. “Because of our strong opposition, LD466 was significantly amended to slow down the process and includes strong consumer protections,” said Amy Gallant, AARP Maine Advocacy Director. “AARP Maine gained critical protections in …

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4/13: SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Can’t go wrong with a free coupon, right? Think again. Scam artists are now trying to cheat you even through coupons! This usually occurs online through social media sites where typically you are asked to click on a link and share it with your friends to receive a free coupon. You are then asked to fill out a survey and enter personal information.  Once this process is done you have signed up for a fake …

Joe Lavoie 94-year-old boat-builder shows students at the United Technologies Center how to build a scale model canoe. (Gabor Degre), Bangor Daily News

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing Half so much worth doing As simply messing about in boats” -The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame When I was young child growing up on the banks of the Kennebec River in Hallowell, my uncle, a Dutch anthropologist and long-time community advocate with Maine’s Micmac tribe, would steal me out for canoe trips. I’d sit at the bow and let him navigate the swift moving current at the stern, my tiny arms dabbling in …