— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— AARP is sponsoring three televised debates this fall with candidates for governor and U.S. senator. The debates will cover issues of interest to Mainers 50-plus—Social Security, Medicare, caregiving, prescription drug costs and affordable housing. The first of two gubernatorial debates is in Bangor, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m., and will air on ABC Channel 7. The second is Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in Portland and will air on CBS Channel 13 and Fox Channel 23. The …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham: Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on voter-related activities as we edge toward the mid-term elections on November 6th.  We are collaborating with wonderful partners like Maine Revives Civility and …

— 9/26 SCAM ALERT In a new scam, fraudsters may send an email that appears to be from a legitimate police department. The email claims that the recipient was caught speeding on a speed camera, and contains a link to pay the fine online. However, these emails and speeding fines are fake and scammers just use this as a way to steal unsuspecting, law abiding citizens’ money or gather personal information to later steal an identity or hack a computer. Remember, …

— How it works! You get a message through social media from a friend who you’ve known for years. They say that you’re the winner of a fabulous prize, and you only need to pay taxes and fees on a website before you receive the money, vacation or other unbelievable prize. Please be careful! If you pay the money, you’ll never receive the prize. If someone who is your friend in real life sends you a message like that over the …

— 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 …

— PORTLAND – Five authors will explore the personal and collective lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people at OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, this free, daylong event will be held at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept 22. The festival authors will read from and discuss the inspiration behind their recent books. In the morning two authors will examine tragedies of …

— 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 …

— 9/12 SCAM ALERT Recently, people have been receiving phone calls from representatives claiming to be from their utility company. They claim the customer’s bill is overdue and that their power will be shut off immediately unless they pay the bill. The truth is that these “representatives” are just scammers trying to scare unsuspecting folks into paying fake bills through prepaid gift cards over the phone. If you get a call like this, please hang up and call the number you …