— WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

— 11/22 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 is 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 appears to be from your bank …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage at each event is on us and friends are welcome. You can also join us at our FREE ongoing social events listed below: **PLEASE NOTE: Augusta, Bath/Brunswick and York events will NOT take place in the month of December 2017 Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each month from 4-6 PM at The Black and …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

— 11/15 SCAM ALERT Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through December 15. That makes it prime time for scammers to try taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Be wary of phone or email solicitations selling cheap health insurance that claims to meet the federal requirements. If you bite, you may end up without a plan, and with a tax penalty for not having qualifying coverage. Your best bet is to enroll or re-enroll by visiting healthcare.gov, where you can …

—   On November 2nd, 70 AARP members participated in our Annual Meeting at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell. To provide plenty of opportunities for questions, members were invited to submit questions throughout the day. Here are those questions.   Are there any caregiver trainings that include fiduciary responsibilities and end of life planning, durable power of attorney, health care directives, etc.?   The Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) throughout Maine offer ‘Savvy Caregiver’ training classes. The program is free, and …

— AARP Maine is proud to partner with the Smithsonian Channel, Maine State Museum, Library, and Archives and the Houlton Higher Education Center to bring a very special documentary to Maine. The Smithsonian Channel’s Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI features a remarkable history of Maine soldiers. Each event will include a discussion with the Maine National Guard Historian, one of the film’s historical advisors. All events are free but seating is limited- register today. Bangor: Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 4:30 p.m. – …

— 11/8 SCAM ALERT Veterans Day is prime time for bogus charities that 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, check the charity’s name and reputation at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org.  On Veterans Day let’s honor our veterans, and not line the pockets of scammers who use their name so disrespectfully.   Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017 Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628 AARP Maine Announces Winners of Annual Andrus Award for Community Service Honor Goes to Augusta Residents, Carol and Robert MacDougall PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today that two local champions of age-friendly community initiatives are the winners of the 2017 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives …

— 11/1 SCAM ALERT Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Don’t share your personal information from someone claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), calling to “verify” your information. Need help with Medicare Open Enrollment? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging …