— Lately, scammers have been spoofing phone numbers of banks, doctor’s offices and other official agencies. Spoofing means that a scammer’s phone number will show up on your caller ID as an official number. Scammers have been doing this with the 1-800 number for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to try and collect vital personal information from people in order to steal their identities. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network was debriefed by the Office of Acting Inspector General (OIG) about …

— November AARP Bulletin Special Report: Are Social Security Benefits Safe? AARP dispels myths and reveals financial health of America’s “most important” federal program. A special report in the November issue of AARP Bulletin reveals important truths about Social Security, how it works, and its financial health. In the publication, AARP takes a deep dive into the current and future state of Social Security and addresses people’s misconceptions and questions – like whether you can change your mind about collecting benefits (you can, …

—    Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ The Wounded Warriors …

— An Extraordinary Election Season With the 2018 election season finally over, AARP Maine is taking a look back at all the amazing ways our volunteers and members worked with us to infuse important issues into the political arena. Our office hosted televised debates in Portland and Bangor, and held community conversations on health care and other issues in multiple locations from York to Aroostook counties. We hosted the candidates for US Senate at our Annual Meeting in Hallowell. We also …

— AARP  Oregon is hosting a free lunchtime workshop, Ready, Set, Retire! at 11:30 November 14 at the Chemeketa Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW Salem, OR 97304. According to recent research by DHM Research in Portland, more than half (65%) of Oregonians feel at least “somewhat” anxious that they will have enough money to live through their retirement years. “It’s important while we’re still working to assess our retirement readiness,” said Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications Director. …

AARP Nevada election poll 2018

— Senate Candidates Heller & Rosen in Statistical Tie Among Nevada 50-Plus Voters; Older Voters Oppose Ballot Question 3 Nevada voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over education, health care, and the economy according to a newly released AARP poll. The poll found the state’s lagging educational system and overall concern over health care are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots this fall. In addition, a strong bi-partisan majority oppose Ballot Question …

— A newly-released Politico-AARP poll shows Pennsylvania voters age 50 and over believe health care and protecting the future of Social Security will be the most important issues in determining how they cast ballots in next month’s mid-term elections. “Voters age 50 and over will once again most likely decide the mid-term elections, said Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP’s Pennsylvania state director. “Candidates that connect with older voters should enjoy a significant advantage at the ballot box next month.” AARP has teamed with …

— In closely watched race, Democratic candidate has the preference of key voter group. AARP Virginia released a poll Tuesday, October 9, 2018, taken of voters ages 50 and older in the state’s 10th Congressional District (CD-10), which is one of the most heavily scrutinized races in the country. The survey found that this group of voters will make their election choices driven by concerns about health care costs and financial security, as well as by a strong sense of unhappiness …

— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— 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 …