— 12/5 Scam Alert: As we near the holiday season, online shopping increases and so do online scams. Only use trusted sites to make online transactions and be wary of steeply discounted items. Sometimes scammers will attempt to lure you into making a purchase with phony online sales.  In addition, if you plan to buy or sell your own goods online, use a website or app that uses proper safety measures to ensure that you don’t lose your money in the …

— December 5, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2019 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Volunteer Advocates   PORTLAND: As the 129th legislators are sworn in, AARP Maine announces its 2019 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on long term care system reform, restoration of home and community-based services, housing and livable communities, financial security, fair utility rates, and broadband expansion. AARP Maine concluded …

— AARP Maine is gearing up its advocacy operation for the next legislative session. Volunteers are needed to expand outreach and education efforts at the State House and beyond. One priority of the “Tuesdays at the State House” series is addressing the needs of Maine’s approximately 178,000 caregivers and their families. The first Tuesday at the State House event in Augusta is Jan. 15. During the weekly sessions, volunteers will attend hearings, testify on important issues and meet legislators. AARP will …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Did you know? This simple step can help to protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the one recently reported by Marriott International, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report (or credit “file”) which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as …

— 11/28 Scam Alert: With holiday season upon us, scammers have plenty of inroads to steal our money and event he gifts we send. Here are some way to protect yourself: When shopping online, use well-known sites and type in the web address yourself, instead of clicking on a link. Buy gift cards online from the retailer or from the cashier, to avoid compromised cards that may be sitting on gift card racks. Require a delivery signature for packages to avoid …

— AN AMAZING MAINE RESOURCE AND COMMUNITY PARTNER The American Red Cross of Maine (ARC Maine) is helping residents in our state prepare for and respond to disasters. While they are well known for their CPR training and blood drives, they also provide many resources for general safety and well-being for everyone in our community. For more information, you can follow on Twitter and Facebook. In just one example, ARC Maine is working hard to reduce death and injury from home …

— As we approach the 2018 holiday season, all of us at AARP Maine thank you for your hard work on behalf of our 230,000 Maine members and their families. Warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @aarpmaine. If you have questions or if there is anything you need, send an email to me@aarp.org or call 1-866-554-5380.

— 11/14 Scam Alert: Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. You may see one in the newspaper offering a free power chair, or a TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. If you have any questions about …

— AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc. Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Maine Family Caregivers Month   News Conference Calls for Legislative Leadership to Better Support Maine’s 178,000 Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: On November 13th, representatives from AARP Maine, the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, the MS Society and the Maine Council on Aging hosted a news conference to celebrate the first-ever designation of November as Maine Family Caregivers Month. The news conference included State Representatives Patrick Corey (R-Windham), Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston) …