— Ready to join AARP Maine’s Speakers Bureau?  Why not attend one of our trainings? Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to 40 staff and volunteers. Our goal is to develop a team of volunteer speakers who can represent AARP Maine’s mission and message about the organization as whole and specific issue areas. RSVP is REQUIRED!  Questions? Email me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303   PORTLAND – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th: RSVP …

— Look out for fake genealogy sites on the Internet. These scam sites pull information from public databases to make it look like they have lots of information about you and your lineage. Their goal is to get you to register with your credit card, so they can steal it. It’s a good idea to research the site before you sign up. Do an internet search on the site name with “reviews” and “scams” and see what comes up. Be a …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. What You Need to Know About Medicare and Social Security When Caring for a Loved One Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 7:00-7:30 pm ET Learn Medicare basics such as eligibility, enrollment and what’s …

— Do you use a smartphone?  Do you have a passcode?  Over a third of all smartphone users do not take this simple security step, leaving themselves vulnerable to identity theft and fraud should their smartphone get lost or stolen. Make your password difficult to guess, avoiding a sequential string like 1-2-3-4. Use a mix of numbers and letters if your smartphone allows it. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams …

— AARP Maine is hitting the road to talk about what’s been on everyone’s minds: health care. Funded by a grant from Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), AARP Maine is holding a series of community forums throughout the state (please see our schedule, below).   During these open discussions, we hope you will share with us your concerns as well as your ideas on these sometimes complicated issues. Each forum features a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians, public …

— Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the one recently reported by Equifax, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as borrowers. Before buying a house or …

—   AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Maine AARP Funds Four Quick Action Community Projects in Maine to Make Communities More Livable     PORTLAND—AARP Maine announces four winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Bethel, Bowdoinham, North Yarmouth and Wayne. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. …

— Join Marco as he talks about his mother and caregiving in the Latino community Join television personality, public speaker, and activist Marco Antonio Regil for a special Caregiving Q&A on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET, as he shares his experience and answers questions about caring for a loved one. When Marco was just 18, his mother suffered injuries in a car accident that left her bedridden for a year. As he took care of her, she became …

— Scammers across the country are calling Social Security beneficiaries, claiming they are due a cost of living increase. They just need to verify your Social Security number and bank routing information, along with other personal information. Then, the scammers contact the real Social Security Administration to try to change your direct deposit to their bank account. If you get a call like this, hang up! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

— About 178,000 Mainers serve as unpaid family caregivers, and many of them work outside the home. That’s why AARP is working with ReACT, a coalition that addresses challenges facing employed caregivers, to identify best workplace practices, such as flexible hours, telework schedules and earned paid leave for caregiving tasks. The two organizations are also reaching out to help employers create workplaces that are friendly to caregivers on the payroll, without sacrificing productivity. To see their joint report, go to respectcaregivers.org. …