— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  Some of our events will also include medication disposal .  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and Social Security and/or driver’s …

— 7/11 Scam Alert Bulletin Board:  Summer is a time for vacation, but as you book a rental property for your trip, be sure to use trusted websites. A rental owner may offer a discount if you pay outside of the official website to avoid certain fees, but it is not worth it! Scammers can send links to fake websites for payment, and only on check-in day do renters discover they’ve been scammed. Official rental websites can ensure your rental agreement …

— Chooo choooo! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is coming to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company! AARP members receive an exclusive discount of $15 per person for the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ on Saturday, December 1st at 2:30-4:00pm. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Boarding begins at 2:30pm at Ocean Gateway located at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland. The train will begin the journey to “the North Pole” promptly at 2:45pm. The train ride is approximately 50 minutes. Plan on extra time for photos and to …

— 7/4: Scam Alert Bulletin Board:  Along with the fireworks and cookouts on the Fourth of July comes the potential for scams, especially online. Be wary of emails from addresses you don’t recognize. Some may contain web links to “patriotic videos” or e-cards. The supposed link to a patriotic video sent from an unfamiliar address may actually download malware onto your computer, which enables a scammer to steal your account information and personal data. To avoid these downloads, exercise caution online. …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— AARP Maine is hosting a series of free summer events. On Tuesday, July 24, enjoy a nature hike at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. The 90-minute tour begins at 10 a.m. at 153 Hospital St. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/VilesArboretum. Walk along the Kennebec River Rail Trail every Thursday, starting at the boat landing in Hallowell at 8:30 a.m. The walks go toward either Augusta or Farmington, and you can walk as far as you are comfortable. Watch a full …

— A letter from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham I hope the summer finds you enjoying these sunny Maine days! The last quarter was a busy one here at AARP Maine. I’m excited to share with you updates from around the state, and alert you to our upcoming events. The power of voters 50-plus should not be underestimated and will play a pivotal role in 2018.  With Social Security, Medicare, health care and other issues on the line, this year’s …

— AARP Maine would like to express a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who joined us this session for our Tuesdays at the State House in Augusta.  Thanks to you, we were able to attend multiple committee hearings, meet with our state legislators and offer testimony on several of the bills we followed.  Many legislators commented on the number of “red shirts” they saw each Tuesday and we are grateful for your passion and dedication to the important issues …

— 6/27 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Reports are coming in about a Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) scam so please be aware and share this important information.  The scammer will call you, claiming to be an employee of PCH and will direct you to a “claims agent.”  This person will inform you that you have won millions of dollars, but that you have to pay a tax or collector’s fee in order to receive your prize.  Please note: PCH will never ask …

— MEDIA RELEASE June 21, 2018 CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Stands Ready to Discuss Issues with Candidates, Engages Mainers 50-Plus in 2018 Elections Social Security, Medicare, Rx Drug Prices, Housing Among Top Priorities for Maine’s Most Active Voting Demographic   PORTLAND: In the weeks leading up to the June 12th Primary Election, AARP Maine staff and volunteers engaged older Mainers in voter engagement initiatives across the state.  Through local events and non-partisan …