— 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!

— Find out more about this issue at AARP’s second in a series of free webinars. Social Security – Why It Pays to Wait Tuesday, June 27, 2019, 7 p.m. ET When it comes to getting the biggest monthly Social Security check, timing can be everything. That’s why learning about when to claim your retirement benefits is so important. Attend AARP’s free interactive webinar to have your questions answered and learn about the critical difference between retirement age and “full” retirement …

— Think it sounds like a great gig to wrap your car with advertisements for money? It turns out that these offers can be perfect opportunities for scammers to steal your money. When you sign up, they send you a check and ask you to wire part of the money to the graphic designer or installation company. After you wire the money, the check they gave you bounces and you’re out the cash you wired. Do your research on companies before …

— Learn essential networking and interviewing skills at our free, two-part webinar. Sharpening Your Networking & Interview Skills Part 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7 p.m. ET No matter your skills or experience, getting the job often comes down to two critical factors: 1. Who you know, and 2. How you handle yourself in an interview. AARP’s free, two-part webinar, Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills, was created to help you hone …

— Celebrate summer with AARP Maine! We invite our members and their guests to enjoy the following community events. Kennebec River Rail Trail Weekly Walk Every Thursday beginning April 4th| 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Kennebec River Waterfront (by the colorful Adirondack Chairs) Water Street | Hallowell Start your Thursdays with fresh air and good company. Together we will decide to walk toward Augusta or Gardiner for an out-and-back walk together. Bring your friends and make new ones. Cost: Free for all! Registration: No registration necessary. …

— The Fraud Watch Network Helpline is inundated with calls about scams involving investing in start-ups. Scammers make up elaborate details about hot investment opportunities, or may try to sell you a vague or nonexistent product. As they pressure you to invest, they flaunt their wildly accomplished resume, and offer unrealistic promises, including guaranteed high returns. Don’t trust someone’s pitch without doing your research. The promise of guaranteed returns is a big red flag. Find out if the investment product is …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— You may know about the tech support scam, where you get a call or pop-up about a virus on your computer and need to give someone remote access to “fix” the problem. Now there’s a refund twist to this scam. Scammers call, explaining you bought a tech protection plan in the past and that the vendor is going out of business and owes you a refund. Scammers might ask for your bank account information or for remote access to your …

— Is the high cost of your prescription drugs making you sick? Mainers are sharing their stories.   “I am a retired nurse.  I know how the healthcare system works. Despite research and multiple conversations with my doctors about any available alternatives, I can barely afford the life-saving medications I need.  I have several chronic diseases that affect my lungs and my liver.  I have no choice but to take these prescription drugs and because the cost is so high, I …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage – either alcoholic or non-alcoholic – at each event is on us.  Bring a friend – all are welcome! Interested in serving as a volunteer host for any of these events?  Send us a note at me@aarp.org and we can help you get started.  Thank you! Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each …

— When Congress takes a break and legislators return home, it’s a good time to get their ear. AARP Maine is recruiting volunteers to meet with the state’s congressional delegation during recess periods. The Recess Regulars organize meetings with lawmakers and their staff to discuss issues of concern to Mainers 50 and older and their families. Volunteer training is provided, by conference calls and email exchanges, so participants can get up to speed on the issues and learn how to communicate …