— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Maine for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Scam Alert 2/20: Tech Support Scams Computer viruses are scary, and scammers exploit this fear to gain access to your personal information. They do this by tricking you into thinking your computer or other device has been compromised, and that you need their help to fix the problem. The Federal Trade Commission notes that some scammers will pretend to be working for trusted or familiar software companies such as Microsoft. They may ask you to give them remote access to …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …

— Scam Alert 2/13: Work from Home Scams It is becoming more common for people to look for ways to supplement their income, and job listings for “work from home” jobs are becoming more popular because they are so convenient. Scammers already know this and they use this knowledge to target their victims. There are some easy ways to spot this scam early. If the “company” offers high pay for very little work, or doesn’t require any previous experience, it may …

— Ready for eclectic, electric lectures? By Paul Doherty, SAGE Chair Each fall and spring, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM presents a series of Tuesday morning lectures through the SAGE program.  Billed as “Intellectual Fun for People Over 50,” the lectures cover a wide array of topics of current interest. SAGE speakers are recognized experts from the arts, government, non-profit, education, business, and civic communities in Maine.  Please see the FAQ Section, below, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional …

— Scam Alert 2/6: Online Dating Scams Along with the rise in dating website use, there comes a rise in online dating scams. Scammers create fake profiles, build relationships with individuals through the dating site, and then attempt to steal their money and disappear. You can spot a con artist quickly by recognizing a few red flags: They might propose chatting offline or profess their feelings for you before getting to know you. They may offer to visit if you can …

— This March, AARP members enjoy TWO upcoming film screenings, presented in partnership with Portland Ovations and the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Rebels on Pointe, in partnership with Portland Ovations AARP members receive a discounted price of $6 per person (regular price $8 per person). Purchase tickets. Sunday, March 3rd at 7:00pm Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland View the trailer here. Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the all male, drag …

— Like many online stores, the potential for fraud on popular shopping site such as Amazon does exist. While Amazon and other online sites may be trustworthy, buyers should still be wary of online transaction scams. In a recent statement, Amazon addressed an issue with a phishing email that asks for personal information or account information including credit card details. The link provided in the email then leads unsuspecting shoppers to a phony Amazon page that looks legitimate. Amazon has urged …

— Could you be the next AARP Maine Volunteer State President? Are you a passionate, strategic thinker with outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to motivate and inspire others?  If so, we would love to hear from you!     AARP Maine is conducting a statewide search for the position of Volunteer State President.  This is a leadership volunteer position that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize your skills and experience to make a positive difference in the lives of Mainers …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— 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.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  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 …