People with Disabilities Ask Court to Stop Maryland Paratransit Discrimination

Posted on 01/21/2015 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy For Interviews, Please Contact: AARP MD Communications Director Trésa Ballard tballard@aarp.org 410-370-5305 January 20, 2015 - A lawsuit filed on Friday, January 16, by Maryland Disability Law Center and AARP Foundation Litigation attorneys on behalf of a proposed class of individuals with disabilities claims that the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation are improperly denying eligibility and access to paratransit. “People need reliable access to paratransit to get to work, life-saving medical appointments, and other critical life …

Concerns Over Possible Loss of Phone Landlines

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Marylanders are facing a potential phaseout of copper landlines, as phone companies seek to move customers to cheaper—but not necessarily as reliable—telephone technology. The threat is especially worrisome to those who need a landline phone in emergencies and those in rural areas. Congestion can delay 911 calls on wireless networks. “AARP embraces the use of new technology. But when it comes to replacing reliable, affordable landline service, any new technology must be as good or better than the current product—and …

Fighting for Marylanders: AARP Legislative Priorities for 2015

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy   AARP is excited to be working for its members again during the Maryland Legislative Session. Here are the main issues that we are fighting for in 2015. Read our 1/13 Letter to the Editor in the Baltimore Sun, “Hogan must help Marylanders secure their retirement“ Financial Resiliency Income Tax – Subtraction Modification for Retirement Income AARP supports amending Maryland’s tax law, which would allow income from a rollover individual retirement account (IRA) or annuity under Section 408 of the Internal …

CARE Act, ‘Work and Save’ Plan Top Legislative Agenda

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Christopher J. Gearon Regina Brisco, 58, of Salisbury, knows a thing or two about caregiving. She helps her sister look after their 82-year-old mother in Cambridge, assists her husband in managing his diabetes and resulting neuropathy, and cared for him before his kidney replacement. She also helps several septuagenarians through her church and volunteers at the Maryland Home & Community Caregiver Resource Center. She said she thinks Maryland’s 1.2 million caregivers need more support, recognition and resources to help …

Honoring Unsung Heroes During National Family Caregivers Month

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy Tammy’s story may be familiar to some: “I got a call from my sister Debbie—her husband Donny had fourth stage lung cancer. He was 63. What does 4th stage cancer means to a family that meant Debbie and the rest of our family would need to be creative. It meant time off from work, sitters for the kids, and coordinated trips to three different hospitals, making meals, trips to the pharmacy. Life had ended as we knew it.” Interested in …

Veterans Deserve Thanks During Veteran’s Day and Beyond

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy America’s military veterans have served our country in battle during two World Wars, and in Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places near and far. They did their part. Many are still doing their part. On Veterans Day, it’s our turn to honor and serve them. This Veteran’s Day, AARP is reminding Marylanders and those across the county that we are dedicated to veterans–and with help from caring AARP members, our organization has donated over $311,000 to the USO helping open two …