— Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Raising electric rates is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those who are living on fixed incomes.  AARP Maine is fighting to help older Mainers and their families keep the lights on. We strongly oppose Emera Maine’s latest request to raise rates. Do you?  What …

— Your Time Makes a World of Difference! The week of April 15th is National Volunteer Week and at AARP Maine, we are grateful and honored to work with extraordinary volunteers every year.  The work of these dedicated individuals propels AARP’s mission “to serve, not to be served.”  This phrase was coined by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, 60 years ago and it is certainly still true today. Our volunteers serve in many roles.  They testify at the state house, write …

— 4/11 SCAM ALERT As tax filing season winds down, be on the alert for the IRS tax scam. A caller, claiming to be an IRS employee, says you owe taxes and you face arrest if you do not pay immediately. Know that the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment without first sending you a notification by mail, will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, and will not threaten to bring in local police …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— 4/4 SCAM ALERT Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries starting this month and running through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number, making them much safer. However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying you either have to confirm your Social Security number or pay for your new card, hang up. The new cards are …

— AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc., Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Passage of Joint Resolution to Support Maine Family Caregivers  Host Press Conference at State House   AUGUSTA: On April 3, representatives from AARP Maine, the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, the MS Society and the Maine Council on Aging hosted a press conference to celebrate the passage of LR 2961, a Joint Resolution to Support Family Caregivers in Maine. The press conference featured House Majority Leader and House Chair of the …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Milestone Achieved as Maine’s 50th Community – Including the State’s First County – Joins AARP Age-Friendly Network Fifty Communities Commit to Livable, Age-Friendly Ideals 2018 Community Challenge Launched   PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Waldo County, Caribou, and Ogunquit, Maine, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 50 communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC). Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …