— The Where We Live: Communities for All Ages series highlights inspiring ideas and solutions from America’s community leaders to improve their communities, respond to pressing issues, and build partnerships. These free AARP books are available in print and e-book formats. This year Maryland had three amazing towns featured as communities for all ages! Check out the stories behind the City of Bowie, Montgomery College and the City of Takoma Park by watching the videos below. City of Bowie: Perks For Planting a Tree, …

— By Michelle R. Davis Gay rights advocate Carlton Smith has lived for decades in Baltimore, where he created a close community of friends and fellow organizers. A longtime HIV survivor who was once estranged from his parents, Smith designated a local friend as his caregiver if health issues arise. Smith’s parents live in a state he considers “not LGBT-friendly,” and he wouldn’t want to move there. His potential caregiver knows his wishes regarding his health and life. “I have a …

— If you are raising a grandchild or another relative’s child, you are not alone. Millions of grandparents and other relatives are raising children. AARP has a wonderful Guide for GrandFamilies that can help you find your way with tips, tools and resources to the services and support you need to take care of yourself and your family. For additional help we’ve compiled a list of additional and some local resources. Baltimore City Health Department Division of Aging & CARE Services: Grandparents …

— By Thomas Ferraro Wayne Clark and his wife, Karyn, moved from North Carolina to Maryland in 2015 largely because of his passion for biking. At 66, trim and fit, just a few pounds heavier than he was in high school, he cycles 5,000 miles a year. “I love bicycling not only because of the health benefits, but because of the sense of accomplishment I get by traveling to places on my own power,” said Clark, a retired computer network engineer. …

— 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 …

— 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 …

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— June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, and it’s important to recognize the family caregivers who work to provide loved ones with the best treatment possible. Caregiving is a challenging job, but Maryland legislators recently worked tirelessly to pass a law to improve communication between hospitals and designated caregivers – thus providing caregivers with more knowledge of important tasks. Maryland’s new CARE Act law will aid more than 771,000 fearless family caregivers throughout the state, many of whom care for Alzheimer’s patients. In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, …

— Tending to the needs of an aging parent or other frail adult is challenging at best—and can be daunting if the caregiver isn’t sure what to do. Maryland legislators addressed that uncertainty in April by passing a law that improves communication between hospitals and family caregivers to ease patients’ transitions back home. The law gives every hospital patient an opportunity to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must record the caregiver’s name in the patient’s chart and reach out to …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Wednesday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. The event will be held at the Sollers Point Multipurpose Center at 320 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD. The shredding time will be 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To …

— Montgomery County is making it easier for the 50 plus community and their families to age comfortably in place as it becomes Maryland’s first jurisdiction to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  As the 73rd community in the U.S. to sign on to the network, Montgomery County’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities and around the world. “I look forward to …