— DATE: July 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Maine AARP Funds Six Quick Action Community Projects in Maine to Make Communities More Livable   PORTLAND—AARP Maine, today, announced the six Maine winners of the AARP Community Challenge Grant to create change and improve the quality of life in their communities. The winning Maine projects come from the communities of Blue Hill, Eastport, Gardiner, Raymond, …

— ATTENTION: MAINE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES Please remember that Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries now through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number or gender, and will not include your signature either. This makes your new card much safer! However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saying you either have to confirm your Social Security …

— 7/18 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: As you travel this summer, it may be tempting to search out free Wi-Fi to access the internet. Please remember that free or public Wi-Fi does not guarantee a secure internet connection. On an open and unprotected network, online actions are not secure and can be tracked by hackers to steal personal information, login credentials, and even credit card information. In an effort to trick you scammers may also create fake networks that appear authentic. …

— 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 …