— More than 771,000 Maryland residents are caring for an older parent or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. Effective October 1, 2016, the Maryland CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back …

— Are you looking for a part-time job? AARP can connect you with employers who are looking for workers aged 50+. Register today for our free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work, Thursday, January 26th. It’s a live, online event starting at 11 a.m. ET where you can upload a résumé, chat with hiring employers, and get tips to help you find a part-time job! You’ll have access to interactive webinar hosted by hiring employers and be able to play online games that …

— AARP is proud to be part of a new Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative in Montgomery County. Montgomery County joins seven other communities across the nation in this movement, including Boston, Denver and Prince George’s County, MD. AARP has joined other organizations and community leaders, including the Montgomery County Area Office on Aging and BrightFocus. We are currently looking for Montgomery County area residents to volunteer with us to help increase the success of this initiative! If interested in learning more, …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2015.

— A new legislative session begins Jan. 11, and AARP Maryland is advocating on behalf of state residents age 50-plus. The state office is backing proposals to provide sick leave for the 40 percent of private-sector workers who don’t have that benefit and to require drug companies to explain how they price pharmaceuticals. These advocacy efforts will kick off with a rally at the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., in Annapolis, on Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 …

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

—   Between 10-12 percent of Marylanders aged 50+ struggle with hunger, and we are doing our part to help bring relief to those in need while providing volunteers the opportunity to “give where they live.” AARP Maryland helps to combat senior food insecurity through collaboration with various organizations around the state in the Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry campaign. Thirty years ago, Harvest for the Hungry founder Larry Adam recognized “hunger knows no holiday” and formed a statewide extensive …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2015.

—   We need your help to make a difference in 2017! Register to attend a free legislative briefing in Annapolis on January 25, hosted by AARP and the United Seniors of Maryland. This will be an exciting daytime event and we’re even offering free round-trip bus transportation from select areas of the state while seats last. Learn more and sign up to attend. With more than 895,000 members statewide, AARP Maryland is the voice of the 50+ in your community. From …

—   AARP Maryland is looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland – to help shape goals and policies that will influence the 50+ and their families across the state. If you have a passion for the issues faced by people 50+, are a strategic thinker and planner who has led others to achieve common goals, and have ideas that you think can inspire …

— By Thomas Ferraro Years ago, Marge Allen suffered a bee sting that triggered a severe allergic reaction that had her gasping for air while she was rushed to a hospital. “Scary,” she recalled. Allen now keeps within arm’s reach an EpiPen, an emergency injector packed with a medicine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, in case she gets stung again. “It gives me a sense of security,” said Allen, 89, of Clinton. “But I have a question: Why has the price …

— Maryland State Delegate Barbara Robinson has recognized AARP Maryland for its commitment to honoring all U.S. military personnel who served during the Vietnam War. Under the leadership and initiative of volunteer and Baltimore resident John Henkel, AARP Maryland has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense and presented more than 600 Vietnam and Vietnam-Era veterans with an official Welcome Home lapel pin and Presidential Proclamation honoring their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.

— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …