— 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 …

— This post has been updated as of November 2015. The JHU MIND study is still actively seeking participants! It should be no surprise that AARP is actively involved in the fight against dementia-related illness. A new opportunity to fight these diseases is now available here in Maryland. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, is currently enrolling eligible persons with dementia and their caregivers in the MIND Study – Maximizing Independence at Home – for people with dementia and their caregivers who live …

— It’s time for holiday feasts, but for too many Marylanders, hunger is a struggle that extends beyond the holiday season. AARP Maryland is gearing up to help by recruiting volunteers for a Harvest for the Hungry food drive in March. Last spring, volunteers stationed at Safeway stores statewide collected 130,900 pounds of food—enough for 109,000 meals. AARP and other participating organizations hope to double donations in the 2016 drive. More than 10 percent of Marylanders age 50-59 and nearly 14 …

— On Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29, join AARP Maryland and the Baltimore County Department of Aging at the 2015 Baby Boomer and Senior Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Discover the Power of Age!” as more than 300 vendors and exhibiters delight, inform and inspire the thousands of older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals in attendance. AARP will be there again this year, too, to showcase our many educational and entertaining programs for …

— By Christopher Gearon Ruth Hartmann, 68, and her husband, Robert, 67, have lived in their Bethesda home for 27 years. They want to stay in their hillside abode as long as possible. Yet some household chores are getting harder for them, like lugging their trash and recycling bins down to the curb. Luckily, the Hartmanns have Addisu Dempsey as a neighbor. “I was really wrestling with the trash” one day last winter, said Ruth Hartmann. “The stairs down to the …