— 10/10 SCAM ALERT Technology has made it easy to build relationships with friends and family who live far away, as well as to start new romantic relationships with people met online. Many scammers will make fake online dating profiles to get close to victims, build a relationship with them online, and then ask for money to finally meet their love interest, start a new business idea, or claim they are in financial trouble and need help. While many people on …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

— ATTENTION ALL TAX PAYERS: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide anticipates that up to 30% of taxpayers who are expecting a refund of federal income tax based upon past year’s returns will end up owing money for Tax Year 2018. In most cases this will be a result of lower withholding during the year, but in some cases they will be “losers” under the new law. Tax-Aide wants to ensure that all AARP members and their families are aware of the situation and that …

— This seven-minute video offers highlights from OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, the daylong program took place on Saturday, September 22 in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine. The presenting authors were Robert W. Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation; Sarah Perry, author of After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search; Japonica Brown-Saracino, …

— 10/3 SCAM ALERT In a recent cyber security scam, smartphone users receive a text from an unknown number with a message claiming a friend has written a compliment about them in a new app. The text message contains a link that prompts them to download the specific app on their phone. Online there may even be hundreds of glowing reviews for the app. But beware! In the fine print, downloading the app automatically grants it access to your contacts and …

— AARP Maine is asking local members and volunteers to host a debate-watch party in their communities. Watch parties can be in your own living room, your local library, or even your favorite restaurant with a good-sized television.  AARP Maine is a co-sponsor of several debates this year and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to raise awareness about the candidates’ positions on issues of importance to Mainers 50+ and their families. Please send an email if you are …

— 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 …