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 …

— Nov. 10, 2016 CONTACT Nancy Carr, 410.895.7610 ncarr@aarp.org   State director calls on new leadership to address Social Security, Medicare and Caregiving Maryland— AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the outcome of the 2016 General Election in Maryland: “AARP Maryland congratulates the winners of the 2016 contests for the US Senate and House of Representatives.  As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said yesterday, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Maryland stands ready to work with …

— By Tom Ferraro Sheila Maddox has always been good with numbers and people. So good, that as a young woman, she took a tax preparation course so she could do her own taxes and help her parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends do theirs. During each of the past several years, Maddox, 68, has also been helping hundreds of fellow retirees at two Baltimore senior centers file their taxes. “I wouldn’t say I enjoy it; I’d say it’s a …

— By Christopher J. Gearon Frederick business owner Jim Racheff has a front-row seat to a growing savings crisis—one that leaves about 1 million Marylanders without a way to save for retirement at work. As CEO of DMS Inc., an information systems company, Racheff provides a retirement savings plan to the firm’s 80 employees. Financial brokers regularly woo him to switch his company’s plan. Yet those brokers don’t want to help Racheff provide similar plans to the handful of workers employed …

— More 50+ Americans are finding out every day that owning a small business can be a great opportunity. Whether out of necessity to generate income or to turn a passion into a paycheck, older entrepreneurs are starting small businesses more than any other age group! So where do you start if you’re interested? How do you turn an idea into reality? Tune into a special AARP Encore Entrepreneur telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8 p.m. Experts from AARP …

— Thanks to all who attended this event! Look for our next advocacy day in 2016. Want to lend your voice in support of Maryland’s 50+ community? AARP Maryland is seeking volunteer advocates to join us in Annapolis during the 2016 legislative session, and an upcoming training session will educate you on what we do. You’ll have a chance to make a meaningful difference in your community and statewide on important issues like family caregiving and retirement savings. Get involved! AARP …

— AARP has joined a coalition of organizations that is pushing to create tighter rules for investment advice for 401(k), IRA and other retirement plans. The Save Our Retirement Coalition aims to protect Americans’ retirement savings from hidden fees, undisclosed commissions and other conflicts-of-interest that enrich some investment advisers at the expense of their clients. Did you know that currently, retirement advisers can offer you products that are “suitable” for you, but not necessarily in your “best interest?” In fact, there …

— Deborah Banda – Hey Maryland – being labeled as overqualified when you’re a job seeker can be a tough obstacle to overcome. Although it doesn’t happen just to older workers, it is an added burden when you’re 50-plus. It’s true — you may be overqualified for a job. But there are ways to turn that into a positive. So, don’t be discouraged. AARP can help you turn your career goals into real possibilities with our resources for finding a job …

— The following is written by AARP Maryland’s State Director, Hank Greenberg. AARP is working hard to enact legislation for the Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Trust, Senate Bill 312 and House Bill 421. Contact your legislator today! The headlines were alarming: “Task Force says 1 million working Maryland residents have virtually no retirement savings” and talk of a “silver tsunami.” This from a report issued in March by a bipartisan task force convened by Maryland’s former democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. …