— 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 …

— 6/20 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Summer isn’t all about spending days at the beach or traveling.  Finding employment has become a top priority for younger adults and temporary job seekers. However, discerning whether or not the job is legitimate has become a huge problem. Watch out for employers who require fees for training and for ordering a background check. A genuine employer would NEVER ask for someone to pay for this. Do your research!  Make sure the company is legitimate …

— DATE: June 19, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Maine Public Utility Commission Rules on Emera Maine Rate Case  AARP Maine Disappointed that Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike Results in 5.34% Increase   PORTLAND: Earlier today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled on Docket 2017-00198 and approved a distribution rate increase of 5.34 percent, equaling an additional $4.46 million for Emera Maine, the state’s second-largest utility company. This …

— 6/13 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Concerts are especially popular during summer months. As a result, scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, can only accept cash, want you to wire the money or transfer through a prepaid account, or who pressure you to act quickly. …

— #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 …

— 6/6 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Seniors, family members and …

— 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 month …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …