— AARP Maine Attending PUC Community Meetings on Deregulation of Basic Landline Telephone Service in 5 Towns, Urges Outreach to Local Residents   PORTLAND: Beginning this spring, FairPoint customers in five of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be confusing. AARP Maine is working to ensure that local residents are aware of the meetings and have access to information about the changes and …

— In January of each year, over 200 dedicated AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Maine train and pass tests to become IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. Then, from February 1 through April 15, these same volunteers staff over 70 Maine locations where they prepare and electronically file both federal and state income tax returns. This free, no-strings-attached service is available to all low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 50 and over. Find a site nearest you by entering your …

—   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 …

— AARP Maine is urging state lawmakers to support legislation in 2017 that could ease the burden on family caregivers. One proposed bill would let workers use paid family leave to care for a loved one without risk of losing their job. Another proposal would provide a tax credit for caregiving expenses such as buying a medical device or hiring a home health care worker. More than 178,000 Mainers provide unpaid services to help an aging loved one continue to live …

— Social Security was signed into law more than 80 years ago on August 14th and, as we celebrate its 81st birthday, it is important to consider how crucial this program is to all Mainers, particularly to Maine women. At the time of its passage in 1935, almost half of older Americans lived in poverty.  While first simply a retirement program, today, Social Security offers survivors’ benefits, benefits to a retiree’s spouse, and disability benefits. Social Security is the foundation of …

— Eighty-one years ago, something extraordinary happened. Politicians from both sides of the aisle came together and changed the lives of millions of Americans by creating Social Security. Will you join the party? Sign our birthday card today – we’ll be sending it to our presidential candidates and legislators on Capitol Hill, so they can see how many Americans are counting on them to keep the program strong for our kids and grandkids. Let’s mark this moment with 81,000 signatures on …

— Tip O’Neil, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives during the ’80s is thought to have coined the phrase, “Social Security is the third rail of American politics.” O’Neil, of course, was referencing the electrified third rail of a train track and relating it to an issue that is so charged that is therefore untouchable by politicians, else they suffer politically. That’s how important the Social Security program and policy was to American leaders thirty years ago. But is it …

— AARP is reaching out to small-business owners in Maine to find out what challenges they face in offering retirement savings plans for their employees. Among workers who don’t have access to a 401(k) or similar plan, only about 1 in 20 save for retirement. By contrast, among those whose employers sponsor a plan, more than 7 in 10 workers save. And if the employer’s plan is set up for automatic enrollment, more than 9 in 10 workers participate, even though …

— AARP is reaching out to small-business owners in Maine to find out what challenges they face in offering retirement savings plans for their employees. Among workers who don’t have access to a 401(k) or similar plan, only about 1 in 20 save for retirement. By contrast, among those whose employers sponsor a plan, more than 7 in 10 workers save. And if the employer’s plan is set up for automatic enrollment, more than 9 in 10 workers participate, even though …

— For the third consecutive year, AARP Maine will attend the annual Maine Human Resources Convention to support the recruitment and retention of 50+ workers, and to advocate for policies that enable those workers to reach their greatest potential. Why is AARP going to an HR convention? One-third of our members are still working. Some are looking to return to work. The largest convention of its kind in New England, with nearly 900 participants, this year’s Maine HR Convention takes place …