New Scorecard Indicates Maryland Needs Improvement to Better Serve Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Home & Family Baltimore – Today, AARP released a new, comprehensive, state-by-state Scorecard on meeting the long-term care needs of older residents. Maryland ranks 23rd overall, but AARP warns more must be done–and it must happen at an accelerated pace. The 2014 Scorecard from AARP was compiled with support from the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. “The news is mixed. Maryland has been working to improve the balancing of services away from nursing homes and towards home and …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Concerns Growing Over Elder Abuse

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Christopher J. Gearon Barbara Korenblit, a division chief in the Baltimore County Department of Aging, has seen an increase in cases like this: An 82-year-old woman called Korenblit’s office after being ordered to appear in court over thousands of dollars in unpaid credit card bills attributed to her granddaughter, who surreptitiously obtained the woman’s Social Security number to obtain a credit card. The woman also received harassing calls from creditors and found that her bank account had been garnished—all …

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

Simple Exercises to Improve Driver Wellness

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Most people wouldn’t associate driving with exercise. While staying fit is essential to a healthy lifestyle, it is critical to driving safely. This is especially true as we age. Whether it’s squatting to get into your vehicle, turning your head to check blind spots, or flexing your foot to reach the brake pedal, driving is a full-body activity. According to recent research by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab, four areas of …

AARP Asking for Study on Moving Landlines to Unregulated Wireless

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Home & Family IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 6, 2014      CONTACT:  Tammy Bresnahan (410) 302-8451, tbresnahan@aarp.org or Tresa Ballard (410) 370-5305, tballard@aarp.org Baltimore – As the telecom industry continues to push toward moving from land line to wireless services, the question is apparent: could the decision hurt some Marylanders? Advocates feel that answering this question is critical before any decisions are made to be sure the needs of vulnerable individuals are considered. AARP, Keep Maryland Connected, Common Cause, and Communications Workers of America will testify …