— Maryland ranks 12th among the 50 states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, up from the 23rd spot just three years ago, but AARP warns more must be done to meet changing demographic demands. While the state posted gains in support for family caregivers with measures such as 2016’s passage of The Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, Maryland continues to lag in the provision of services for adults with …

— Hey Harford County, AARP Maryland is making a stop through your neighborhood. AARP Maryland is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, June 13th and we can’t wait to meet you! Come say “hello!” to staff and meet our lead volunteers as we all enjoy an afternoon of lunch, conversation and new connections.  Date: Tuesday, June 13th Time: 12-2PM Location: Liberatore’s Ristorante & Catering Address: 562 Baltimore Pike                  Bel Air, MD 21014 Please register as soon as possible. Do you have a …

— AARP Maryland is a sponsor of the Baltimore Women’s Classic, taking place on Sunday, June 25. Event details here; read below to find out how to get involved with Team AARP! AARP National Office staff and state office women near the Baltimore-area are encouraged to run or walk with Team AARP for the Mid-Atlantic’s largest all-women’s 5K. AARP Maryland will have a vendor space at the Finish Line Festival with information for attendees, and we need volunteers (men and women) to …

— AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for additional information.

— The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2020, approximately 50 percent of Americans will be 1099 contract workers, and we’re already at 38 percent. Similarly, small businesses operated by persons 45+ may not be aware of how simple technology and business processes like mobile apps, automation and sales funnels can cause their business to EXPLODE! Please join AARP Maryland at the 2017 BOOM Conference in Silver Spring on May 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver …

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

—   Updated May 22 2017: The Spring Food Drive for 2017 is now over, and was a huge success! 30 stores across the state participated, with volunteer and food donors giving their all for this important cause. Read our special wrap-up blog for final drive numbers and to find photos from the various stores and volunteers. Thank you to all who helped in 2017! If you would like to be on the Harvest for the Hungry event planning team for 2018, …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— By Thomas Ferraro When state Del. C.T. Wilson, an ex-combat soldier, welcomed more than two dozen fellow veterans to the state capital recently, he urged them to step up, speak out and be heard. “It is not enough to allow our elected officials to wave their flag of veterans support every four years,” said Wilson (D-Bryans Road). “Let them know that they will be held accountable for their actions and support—or lack thereof.” Wilson’s message, delivered in an open letter …

— In partnership with CCBC (Community College of Baltimore County) Senior Institute, the CCBC Foundation, and Baltimore County Public Libraries, AARP is presenting a way to increase your independence through technology. Do you know someone in the Baltimore County area without any computer experience, but who has the desire to learn? Then this is the class for them! Join a small group session (no more than 4-6 older adults) lead by one CCBC instructor teaching the fundamentals of using a computer. Learn …