A Maryland for All Ages: 2014 Priorities

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Local Resources For media inquiries, please contact Tresa Ballard, Director of Communications, at tballard@aarp.org. Make no mistake about it: 2014 will be an incredibly busy legislative session in Maryland. As an AARP member–even if you just live in our state–we want you to be educated about our focus this year and how you can help make life better for the 50+ in our great state. In addition to making its voice heard amongst high-profile political races including the attorney general and gubernatorial …

Volunteers Can Make a Difference in Montgomery County

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources   Are you good with numbers—or safe behind the wheel? Either way, the Senior Connection of Montgomery County needs your help. In cooperation with the AARP Foundation, the nonprofit operates a money management program for people 62 and older. Volunteers prepare checks for signing and balance checkbooks for those who can no longer manage bill-paying on their own. Drivers are needed, too, for the Montgomery County Shoppers Program, a transport service available to Marylanders age 60-plus who cannot get to …

Elderly Marylanders Receive Helping Hand from The Senior Connection

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Local Resources Volunteering is often at the heart of a working community – and this is no secret to those involved with The Senior Connection (TSC) in Montgomery County, MD. Marcia Custer, Director of Community Development for TSC, talked to AARP MD about the program that began 19 years ago, developing and building its core service of providing seniors in need with transportation to and from medical appointments.  The need in the County was great and TSC stepped up to provide this …

Fresh Produce for Low-income Maryland Residents

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources Two programs help low-income Maryland residents take advantage of summer’s fresh produce. Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Baltimore Bucks matches up to $5 for Baltimore city or county residents who receive benefits from the Food Supplement Program, which provides help for low-income people to buy groceries. The purchases can be made at 11 farmers markets. Also, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides up to six $5 vouchers for use through November at participating farmers markets. SFMNP applicants must be at …

June 14 Rally Focuses on Elder Abuse

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP and other members of Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today will rally to raise awareness of the issue of elder abuse at noon June 14 in Towson. Up to 10 percent of older adults are neglected or abused physically, emotionally or sexually each year, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Speakers at the rally at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Towson branch, 320 York Road, will discuss the financial exploitation of older adults, how to recognize signs …

The Top 9 Reasons that AARP Maryland Opposes Utility Surcharges

Posted on 01/25/2013 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Local Resources If you live in Maryland, have you heard of Senate Bill 8/House Bill 89? These two bills, being voted on in the Maryland General Assembly next week, will allow gas companies to collect up to a $2/month surcharge for “infrastructure improvements and enhancements” on top of rates already paid by consumers.  The Bill requires the Public Service Commission (PSC) to authorize the surcharge requested by the utility if a plan is approved. Rates and the rate increase process are a …