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

—   Updated March 8 2017: Our volunteer sign-up link is now live! If you are interested in volunteering any amount of time for the Harvest for the Hungry 2017 food drive, please register at aarp.cvent.com/Harvest2017.  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 …

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

—   With more than 895,000 members statewide, AARP Maryland is the voice of the 50+ in your community. From Oakland to Ocean City, and every district in between, AARP invites you to join us at the State House in Annapolis in 2017. • Meet with your local lawmakers to share concerns and priorities. • Testify before legislative committees. • Be part of our Digital Army to spread the word on social media. Raise your voice with us! Below are  some of …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 7 p.m. ET Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 7 p.m. ET Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

— 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 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 …

— 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 …

— Enrollment is ending! Last chance to participate! It should be no surprise that AARP is actively involved in the fight against dementia-related illnesses. A new opportunity to fight these diseases is now available here in Maryland. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is enrolling eligible persons in the MIND at Home Study (Maximizing Independence at Home) for people with dementia or memory problems and their caregivers, who live in their homes in Baltimore City or the surrounding counties. The MIND at Home …

— AARP Maryland volunteers make a real difference in the community every day, whether it’s through teaching community groups about fraud, advocating for caregivers, helping at a health fair or hosting a shredding event. You can chair an event committee or serve as a greeter — we need all of your talents! As a volunteer you are free to choose how much time you would like to give. Most volunteer from two to four hours a week, either on a regular …

— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

— Maryland’s CARE Act went into effect Oct. 1, and the AARP state office wants family caregivers to be aware of their rights under the new law. AARP Maryland is distributing a wallet card so caregivers can keep the information at hand during a loved one’s transition from hospital to home. The law allows patients to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to make reasonable attempts to keep the caregiver informed about discharge plans and to consult with the …