Photo by Amy Gallant

— When the legislature convenes in January, AARP will encourage lawmakers to help family caregivers and Mainers living on fixed incomes. AARP Maine is pressing for paid leave for family caregivers and a tax credit for caregiving expenses, as well as fair utility rates, affordable housing, and adequate funding for the Medicare Savings Program and Drugs for the Elderly. “We are committed to working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle, and we are engaging community leaders and people of …

irs scams 2

— 11/30 SCAM ALERT IRS imposters are known for using phone calls and email to scam people out of money. Now they are using the mail. You may get a letter saying you owe taxes related to the Affordable Care Act and that you must write a check to the “IRS” and mail it to a post office box in Austin, TX.  This is a scam.  Real IRS notices only direct payment to the United States Department of Treasury. If you get …

holiday-holly

— 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. Bangor On-Tap and Coffee 4:30–7:00 p.m. | Dec. 8 Geaghan’s Tap Room, 24 Abbott Street, Brewer 8:00–10:00 a.m. |Dec. 9 Bagel Central, 33 Central Street, Bangor Portland On-Tap and Coffee 4:00–6:00 p.m. |Dec. 15 RiRa, 72 Commercial Street, Portland 8:00–10:00 a.m. …

83626135_thumbnail

— 11/23 SCAM ALERT You might get a call from someone who says they are from your utility company, telling you your bill is overdue, and if you don’t pay up, your power will be shut off.  They want the money fast, usually through untraceable payment cards or a wire transfer. It’s a scam!  You should know that utility company representatives won’t demand instant payment over the phone.  Written notice is always provided to customers in arrears, usually through multiple late …

stressed holiday caregiver

— 10 Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some tips on how to handle the stress this holiday season. by Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving exert and author of Juggling Work and Caregiving. As caregivers, many of us are already overwhelmed with our daily responsibilities, leaving us vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrives. During this busy season, we can be tempted to increase unhealthy behavior — such as drinking more alcohol, eating more sweets, …

Great Falls Construction builds affordable senior housing in Gorham, Maine.
Photo Credit: Amy Gallant

— Nearly 300 housing developers, authorities, financiers and advocates gathered at the Westin Hotel today for the annual Maine Affordable Housing Conference. AARP Maine is proud to sponsor this important event both as a member of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) and as a partner in our housing advocacy including successful passage of the Senior Affordable Housing Bond by the bipartisan legislature and 70% of Maine voters as Question 2 on the 2015 state ballot.   Keynote speaker Diane Yentel …

Social security card and American money dollar bills close up concept

— 11/16 SCAM ALERT Don’t give out your Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who’s on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number.  Likewise, beware of providing your number to anyone who asks for it by email. Scammers will send an email that looks like it’s from your bank or …

Welcome to the Online Family Caregiving Fair!

— AARP is hosting an online fair all about family caregiving. You can participate from the comfort and privacy of your own home computer or the convenience of your mobile device. Join us on Thursday, November 17th anytime from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Connect with other family caregivers and access tips, resources, and information to help you care for a loved one. Have one-on-one chats with representatives from various government agencies, non-profit organizations, and AARP programs. Learn about Medicare, Mindfulness, Financial Health. Watch a …

cornicopia

— Join us at Camp Sunshine for the Senior Thanksgiving Lunch & Learn on November 17th! Parking is available at Point Sebago Resort and a shuttle will be provided to Camp Sunshine. This event is open to all senior citizens residing in Cumberland County. You don’t want to miss our Communications Director’s presentation about fraud prevention! Contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for more information. They can be reached at 774-1444 ext. 2176 or at maines@cumberlandcounty.org.  

Many greenback in a pocket of jeans

— 11/9 SCAM ALERT Veterans Day is prime time for bogus charities, who like to claim they are benefiting our nation’s veterans. Scammers often use sound-alike names (or invent authentic “organizations”) to solicit funds. Before donating, authenticate charities by checking names and reputations at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org. On Veteran’s Day we should be honoring our veterans, not lining the pockets of scammers who use their name so disrespectfully. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop …