— BALTIMORE (October 10, 2018) – Jasmin Marie Duckett of Baltimore has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2017 AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service—the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Maryland selected Duckett for her remarkable service, including her tireless work on a series of improvements that together help to make her West Baltimore neighborhood a safer and more comfortable place to live— especially …

—     AARP MARYLAND AND THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON CAREGIVING Present Caregiving in Maryland: Care for All A FREE SYMPOSIUM FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Featuring AARP Family and Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer and Guest Moderator State Senator Delores G. Kelly Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00AM to 2:30PM Hilton BWI Airport 1739 West Nursery Road Linthicum Heights, MD Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served! Register now! Join Amy Goyer, author of “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving,” as she relates her inspirational personal …

— 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 …

— AARP Maryland offers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, helpful conversations about caring for sick loved ones, modifying your home to make it comfortable and safe, as well as general information about our mission and organizational initiatives. Keep AARP in mind when you’re planning programs for community organizations and church groups. Our presentations and workshops provide useful tools and actionable information to help Marylanders 50+ live their best lives. The presentations are typically between 20 minutes …

— Come say hello to AARP Maryland as we partake and enjoy the 19th Annual Howard County 50+ EXPO in Columbia, MD! The event will be held at Wilde Lake High School (5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044) from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday, October 20. Stop by AARP’s Driver Safety workshop or learn how you can make aging in place possible with our special HomeFit workshop. Additionally, you are invited to a special free screening of American Masters – James Beard: America’s …

— Updated August 7: The bad health care bill was voted down during the early morning hours of July 28! We thank Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen for voting no to proceed with the “skinny repeal,” and for keeping older Marylanders 50+ and their families in mind. Find out how your Senators voted on the bill, and send them a message to tell them what you think! Additionally, read AARP’s August 3rd letter to Congress to urge them to …

— July 24 update: the registration website is now live! Register now for the event. If you live in or near Hagerstown, AARP Maryland is making a stop through your neighborhood soon! AARP Maryland is hosting an Open House on Friday, August 25th and we can’t wait to meet you! Come say “hello” to staff and meet our lead volunteers as we all enjoy an afternoon of lunch, conversation and new connections. Refreshments will be provided. Save the date now! Date: Friday, August 25 Time: 11:30 a.m. …

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

—   Updated May 22 2017: The Spring Food Drive for 2017 is now over, and was a huge success! 30 stores across the state participated, with volunteer and food donors giving their all for this important cause. Read our special wrap-up blog for final drive numbers and to find photos from the various stores and volunteers. Thank you to all who helped in 2017! If you would like to be on the Harvest for the Hungry event planning team for 2018, …

— Is there information about AARP issues and events that you’d like to share with others? AARP Maryland is making that easier with the April 1 launch of its Social Squad, a team of social media ambassadors who will share AARP news and information via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. The effort is powered by SocialToaster, a fan engagement platform. Marylanders can receive valuable content from AARP and send it with a single click to their friends, families …

— 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 Thursday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. Register for free for this event! The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD). The Forum time will be 9:30 …