— 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 …

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— Scammers are now going to the federal Social Security website and setting up a “my Social Security” account of citizens that are of retirement age. They hijack their accounts by setting up the accounts before the Social Security number owner does, and then they apply for funds. The scammers request a lump sum payout be transferred to their own accounts, then they withdraw the money and immediately buy gift cards.  Beat scammers to the punch by setting up your own …

— Starting in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, including 126,000 in North Dakota. Instead of a Social Security number, the new card will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost …

— 3/28 SCAM ALERT Scammers are now going to the federal Social Security website and setting up a “my Social Security” account of citizens that are of retirement age. They hijack their accounts by setting up the accounts before the Social Security number owner does, and then they apply for funds. The scammers get a lump sum money of back pay out and the money is transferred to an account the scammers set up and then they take that money and immediately …

— You can never be too early or too late when it comes time to planning for a secure retirement. There are many factors to consider when making that monumental decision and one of them is Social Security. AARP Michigan, in collaboration with Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Vonda VanTil, will offer Social Security navigation workshops this spring.  Scheduled workshops include: Facebook Live: April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Your questions will be answered during this live event on Facebook. Register on …

— In today’s uncertain economy, planning for your financial future is more important than ever. AARP invites you to attend these free financial workshops to help you make the most of your income in retirement.  Improve your quality of life and find peace of mind about your finances. AARP is working to ensure you have the financial security you need to take charge of your future and live independently as you age. We offer free and unbiased information to help you …

— Starting April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. Instead of a Social Security Number, the new card will have a Medicare Number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect identities and keep personal information more secure. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address on file here at …

— There is good news for those of you on Medicare–new cards will be issued on April 1 that don’t have your Social Security number on them, which in the past has exposed beneficiaries to possible identity theft.  The bad news?  Scammers will take advantage of this fact to pose as Medicare employees, calling you and claiming that you need to pay for a new temporary card–sometimes stating that this new card will cost $50.  To “process” it, they’ll ask for …

— A retirement that enables you to choose how you live as you age requires planning and a lot of thought. That’s why AARP Hawai‘i is offering a “Think of Your Future” workshops on Oahu and Maui. Because before you stop working, you need to think about when to take Social Security, how to pay for health insurance and how to budget for your living and enjoying life expenses. Topics that will be presented at the events include: >> Secure Your …

— If you haven’t filed your income-tax return yet and need some help, don’t worry – free, qualified assistance is available near you. The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services to low- and moderate-income Texans at hundreds of locations for help in preparing and filing federal tax returns. Bart Hatfield, an AARP volunteer who oversees the Tax-Aide program as its western regional coordinator in Texas, said people don’t need to be AARP members to participate, so the program sees a …