— 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 …

— By Thomas Ferraro At 70, Veronica Henson serves on the front lines in the fight against poverty as a volunteer at Baltimore’s Furley Elementary School. She teaches kindergartners how to read. “Children need to know that someone cares,” said Henson, who tutors the students, including some from low-income families, one-on-one and in small groups. “A lot of them need help. I feel this is my calling.” The stakes are high. Research shows that children who can’t read proficiently by third …

— 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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— Discover the “power of age” at the annual Baltimore County Department of Aging’s (BCDA) Power of Age Expo (formerly called the Boomer/Senior Expo) on October 26-27 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Expo 2016 celebrates the 29th anniversary of the event. Attendees from across Maryland and beyond include older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, adults with disabilities (over the age of 18) and professionals. The expo features the latest resources , products, services as well as continuous entertainment, free health screenings, an …

— 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 …

— This article will be updated as more Fraud Watch events are added! Below is the current list as of June 16, 2016. Every year, thousands of Americans are impacted by fraud and scams through telephone calls, mail, e-mail, and digital advertisements. However,  you can beat con artists at their own game by joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network and attending one of our many Maryland Fraud Watch Events listed here:     AARP Shred Event, Ocean Pines Library, Berlin, MD Saturday, June …

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

—   AARP is excited to be working for its members again during the Maryland Legislative Session. Here are the main issues that we are fighting for in 2016. Financial Resiliency Secure Choice Marylanders have wide-ranging financial concerns, including finding work, protecting their assets, supporting family members and preparing for retirement. A secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Marylanders who do not have a way to save at work. That is why AARP Maryland is advocating for the …

— Ready to help make a real difference in someone’s life? Help them change the world? AARP Maryland has joined up with Associated Black Charities to help recruit mentors! And you could very well be perfect for the program. AARP Maryland has joined up with Associated Black Charities to recruit mentors! The Volunteer Career Mentor Program connects low-wage workers of color with mentors, who would provide career coaching and professional development advice. Consider using your time and talents to help someone …

— Have a good head for numbers? Love helping people? Speak a foreign language? AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to provide a needed service to Maryland’s low and middle income seniors. Last year in Maryland, 710 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 42,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. No experience is necessary! Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with …

— 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 …