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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2018 


Updates on Trump tariffs and his Supreme Court nominee. Also on the Wednesday rundown: New Hampshire in the news in a clean energy report; and doctors address the rise of AFib – a serious and sometimes invisible cardiac issue.

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Public News Service - ME: Senior Issues

More than half of older Mainers are concerned they won't be able to afford the health care they need, a new AARP survey shows. (pexels)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's most active voters want political candidates to address their concerns about health care and retirement security, according to a new survey from AARP. Older Americans are more likely to go to the polls than younger voters, and the survey shows they will hold candidat

Fresh berries might be a luxury on a senior's fixed income. Maine has the 12th highest senior food insecurity rate in the nation. (Madison Inouye/Pexels)

BANGOR, Maine – Maine has more older residents than any other New England state, and the highest level of food insecurity in this part of the country among people age 60 and over, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. More than 100,000 Maine seniors aren't always sure wher

AARP Maine prides itself on its nonpartisan policy work. (AARP Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- As Maine lawmakers begin hammering out their legislative agenda for the year, folks from around the state can get a first-hand look at the inner workings of the statehouse and even get involved. AARP Maine will kick off its weekly "Tuesdays at the State House" tomorrow. Advocacy

Last year, more than 79,000 Mainers enrolled in marketplace insurance plans. (AARP)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine residents who need health care coverage for 2018 don't have a lot of time to get their ducks in a row. Open enrollment periods for Medicare and health insurance through the Affordable Care Act overlap this year, with enrollment for Medcare ending Dec. 7 and enrollment

Encouraging Augusta businesses to add more benches near stores is one way local communities are working to make their cities and towns more age-friendly. (AARP Maine).

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine leads the nation when it comes to communities that encourage residents to remain active and socially engaged through local initiatives benefiting Mainers of all ages. Patricia Oh, an age-friendly consultant for AARP Maine, works with communities big and small to help

A former identity thief turned fraud expert, Frank Abagnale, Jr. (L) shares tips with Mainers at USM Portland to help them avoid becoming fraud victims. (Carol Brooks)

PORTLAND, Maine — He conned bank tellers, doctors, lawyers and a major airline and last week, reformed identity thief Frank Abagnale shared tips with Mainers on how to avoid becoming scam victims. Abagnale spent 40 years helping the FBI catch scammers, and now consults as an ambassador for AA

With Congress in recess, Maine lawmakers are likely to get earful from local seniors on the need to protect Medicare. (Envision-Free)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine lawmakers are expected back home this week, with Congress in recess Monday, and local advocates for seniors say the time is ripe to send them a message on Medicare. At AARP Maine, State Director Lori Parham says hundreds of thousands of Mainers paid into the system who

Senior advocates want lawmakers to consider measures that will help the growing number of older Mainers age comfortably in their own homes and communities. (AARP-Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – As state lawmakers get back to work, advocates for seniors say they should put more focus on the needs of the aging population in the "oldest" state in the nation. Support for working caregivers, affordable housing, and protection of home and community-based services are amon

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