— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

— Age-friendly communities in Maine outnumber those in any other state. Old Orchard Beach, Stonington, Raymond and Jackman recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, bringing Maine’s total to 45 cities and towns. In each place, local officials, businesses, nonprofit groups and residents are collaborating to adopt practices that can make their community more livable at any age. Bowdoinham, for example, created the Handy Brigade, a cadre of volunteers who do simple home repairs for free. In Augusta, a resident …

— 12/27 SCAM ALERT Americans gave over $390 billion to charity in 2016. While government regulators say that most charities are legitimate, there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org  or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers! Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more …

— On behalf of our team of volunteers and staff at AARP Maine, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2018! Don’t forget to join us for our Tuesdays at the State House next year, beginning with our kick-off event in Augusta on January 9th! We will also be in many Maine neighborhoods again in January for our monthly coffees and On-Tap events.  Please join us and bring a friend!  As always …

— Thanks to the Internet, researching your family tree is easier than ever. But since these sites are a goldmine of personal information, scammers are trying to trick people with lookalike pages or legitimate-looking free sites. Be wary of sponsored ads that appear to feature well-known genealogy websites – even if the advertised link looks legitimate. It is very easy to change the name of links to appear that they are coming from a reputable source.   Before signing up to …

— 12/13 SCAM ALERT Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone. Advice from fraud expert …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

— In the wake of recent security breaches, AARP is reminding Mainers that they can prevent identity theft by freezing their credit reports. Under a 2015 law, state residents can use a personal identification number (PIN) to freeze and unfreeze their credit reports as needed—for free—to control who sees the data. To be effective, a freeze must be placed with the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

— 11/22 SCAM ALERT Don’t give out your Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number.  Likewise, beware of providing your number to anyone who asks for it by email. Scammers will send an email that appears to be from your bank …

— 11/15 SCAM ALERT Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through December 15. That makes it prime time for scammers to try taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Be wary of phone or email solicitations selling cheap health insurance that claims to meet the federal requirements. If you bite, you may end up without a plan, and with a tax penalty for not having qualifying coverage. Your best bet is to enroll or re-enroll by visiting healthcare.gov, where you can …