— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP is hosting a road show through western Maryland this fall, offering information and fun for members en route. Events include a scenic mountain train trip departing from Cumberland on Oct. 1 and celebrating family caregivers on board. Other events are slated for Sept. 28 in Hagerstown and McHenry, where Marylanders can shred documents and get the latest tips to protect themselves from fraud; Sept. 29 in Frostburg, where they can see how to make their houses more livable at …

Western Maryland Scenic Trainride

— The Roadshow has now ended. Thank you to all attendees who came to one or more of our 2015 events! Rediscover “Mountain Maryland” with AARP! We have an exciting week planned this fall to help you explore beloved and unexpected places–through exclusive members-only engagements, workshops and tours. You can find free, valuable information on topics such as fraud and scam awareness, reimagining your work life, and other issues that matter to you, your family and your community. If you don’t …