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— NEWS RELEASE: October 18, 2018   Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine State Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org     AARP Maine’s Gubernatorial Candidate Tele-Town Hall Audio Files Now Online  Series of AARP Member Tele-Town Halls Engaged Thousands of Mainers 50+   PORTLAND: AARP Maine recently held a series of tele-town hall forums with three candidates for Governor: 10/2/18 with Janet Mills, 10/9/18 with Terry Hayes and 10/16/18 with Shawn Moody. The audio files from all three tele-town hall forums are now …

— 10/17 SCAM ALERT It seems that everyone overshares on social media sites these days. But Sharers beware! Scammers have become increasingly smart and sneaky, using information people share online to find targets for their next scams. For example, if you share photos and status updates about your vacation out of the country, scammers may use this opportunity to contact your listed relatives pretending to be you, say you’re in trouble and ask for money, like in the classic grandparent scam. …

— Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment Click here to print our flyer: Medicare 2018 Open Enrollment Flyer MAINE Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when over 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. October 15th through December 7th is Medicare Open Enrollment season and any changes you make will be in place on January 1, 2019. During open enrollment you can: Join a Medicare Prescription Drug plan; Switch …

— RELEASE: October 10, 2018 Contact:           Jane Margesson, AARP Maine State Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org     Milestone Reached as Maine’s 60th Community Joins AARP Age-Friendly Network Maine is first state in the nation to achieve goal   PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Hanover and Mount Vernon, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 60 communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC). Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of …

— 10/10 SCAM ALERT Technology has made it easy to build relationships with friends and family who live far away, as well as to start new romantic relationships with people met online. Many scammers will make fake online dating profiles to get close to victims, build a relationship with them online, and then ask for money to finally meet their love interest, start a new business idea, or claim they are in financial trouble and need help. While many people on …

— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

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— As candidates are out knocking on doors, are you ready to ask what they will do to support aging in place, protect access to quality affordable health care, and other issues that are important to you? Not quite sure what to ask? Here are a few sample questions to consider.   FEDERAL ISSUES: Medicare Approximately 300,000 Mainers are currently receiving Medicare benefits. According to a recent survey* of Maine voters age 50 and older, 95% think that Medicare is very …

— ATTENTION ALL TAX PAYERS: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide anticipates that up to 30% of taxpayers who are expecting a refund of federal income tax based upon past year’s returns will end up owing money for Tax Year 2018. In most cases this will be a result of lower withholding during the year, but in some cases they will be “losers” under the new law. Tax-Aide wants to ensure that all AARP members and their families are aware of the situation and that …

— This seven-minute video offers highlights from OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, the daylong program took place on Saturday, September 22 in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine. The presenting authors were Robert W. Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation; Sarah Perry, author of After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search; Japonica Brown-Saracino, …