— While it may seem like a fun idea to take one of the many Facebook quizzes that pop up on your timeline, be warned it may be a scam. To take the quiz, you enter your information, including your cell phone number. The surprise isn’t the quiz results; it’s the recurring fee on your cell phone bill you unwittingly signed up for. Just say no to Facebook quizzes! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can …

— On Tuesday, 65 AARP Maine members gathered together for our annual State House Deep Dive to get to know one another, learn about our legislative priorities, share their own ideas and suggestions, and have fun. Guest speakers included Mike Saxl, former Speaker of the House and principal at Maine Street Solutions, who delivered our energizing keynote address, and Greg Payne, affordable housing developer and director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, who discussed the need for more affordable senior housing …

— If you’re trying to sell your timeshare, be warned of the timeshare resale scam. You may get a call from a company that claims to have a buyer. The caller will even give you the name and phone number of the prospective buyer, who will confirm interest. The caller faxes you legitimate-looking paperwork, along with a request for a credit card number for escrow and title services – with a promise you’ll get that money back once the deal closes. …

Why Medicare Matters

— While we work on many issues at the state level here in Maine, we also work on national issues. These are the issues that impact all 50+ community members. Right now, a couple of these issues are front-and-center with the transition to a new Presidential administration and Congress. For instance, Medicare. Medicare is a massively successful program and has been for more than fifty years. Yet, proposals from leaders in Congress include significant changes to the way Medicare is funded and operates. These …

— A warm welcome back to the many reelected legislators, and welcome to those who are new to the State House! This week was the first of the 128th legislative session. On Tuesday AARP Maine announced our legislative priorities and we are eager to get to work. The House and Senate reconvened on Wednesday and the State House was buzzing with energy reminiscent of the first day of school. The legislature met again on Thursday and adjourned for the weekend until …

— Government grant scams often pop up following an election. You may get a call or read an ad for a free grant from the government. You’ll be promised that your grant application will be accepted and you’ll never have to pay the money back. All you need to do is provide your checking account information for the deposit. This is a red flag! Never give your checking account information to anyone you don’t know. Be a fraud fighter!  If you …

—   January 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Amy Gallant (207) 318-0284 agallant@aarp.org Lori Parham (207) 400-1026 lparham@aarp.org     AARP Maine Releases 2017 Legislative Agenda Focus on caregivers, housing, financial security, and affordable utilities for Mainers 50+   PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session begins, AARP Maine announces its 2017 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for working caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates.   “On behalf of our more than …

— In a recent AARP survey, Augusta residents 50 and older said key factors in deciding where to live as they age include quality housing, affordability, safety and being close to family. Other needs reported by respondents included information about community services; low-cost social and recreational opportunities; safe, accessible sidewalks; and separate pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians on area roadways. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities aims to help cities, towns and rural areas become more “livable.” A livable community is …

— Last year, Americans gave over $373 billion to charity. Government officials who regulate charities and fundraisers say that most charities are legitimate, but there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org  or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

— Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! 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 a car, for example, the bank will examine your credit report. Every report contains our credit history and status of any loans. Depending on activity, …