People with Disabilities Ask Court to Stop Maryland Paratransit Discrimination

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Holiday Visits Provide Opportunities to Check on the Well-Being of Older Relatives

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz I remember visiting a great aunt over the holidays a few years ago and sitting across the kitchen table from her as she was taking her (many) morning medications. As we’re chatting, I noticed her going for the same prescription bottle that she just took a pill from. I asked, “Didn’t you just take that one?” She looked a little surprised and said, “Oh, well, I guess two can’t hurt.” I gently explained that taking her medications …

Honoring Unsung Heroes During National Family Caregivers Month

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Guest Blog: Fighting Hunger in Maryland

Posted on 09/19/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The following guest post is written by Michael J. Wilson, Director for Maryland Hunger Solutions (MHS). The Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network is hosting it’s Fourth Annual “Fighting Hunger in Maryland” conference on September 29. To learn more, read below and register at the Maryland Hunger Solutions website.   Despite being one of the wealthiest states in the country, over 780,000 Marylanders struggle to put food on the table. Statewide, one in eight households faces a constant battle against hunger, …

Discover the ‘Power of Age’ at the Baby Boomer and Senior Expo in Timonium!

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Free tickets to this event are available! If interested, email Jen Holz at jholz@aarp.org.  Want to discover the Power of Age? The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) Baby Boomer and Senior Expo will do just that! With a 2014 theme of “Mapping Your Journey,” this year’s BCDA Expo will take place on October 22 & 23, 2014 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Get more information now! Baby Boomer/Senior Expo celebrates its 27th year at the Maryland …