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

— Think you know AARP in Maryland? You don’t know ‘aarp.’ We’re working to support family caregivers, achieve affordable and reliable utilities, and build new tools to help working Marylanders save for retirement. But that’s not all. From standing up with leaders to spur change in your community to taking part in free movie nights, networking events, and fun social opportunities, what we’re doing might just surprise you. AARP Maryland is making a difference where you live. Every day. And we …

— More than 771,000 Maryland residents are caring for an older parent or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. Effective October 1, 2016, the Maryland CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back …

— New Federal Rule – and New Draft Rule for Big Cities – Could Help 3M+ Employees in NY Who Now Lack Access to Workplace Savings Plans NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP today praised the finalization of a rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that confirms states can facilitate the creation of automatic enrollment retirement savings plans for use by small businesses. AARP New York urged New York State – where over half of all private sector workers lack access …

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— The 16th annual Ride Across Maryland (RAM) on June 4 included the first-ever “Team AARP:” a dedicated and spirited team of six motorcycle riders from Ocean City, Maryland, who individually completed a 150-mile ride from Columbia to Ocean City. The ultimate goal of the weekend was to raise money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. All participants were required to fundraise a minimum of $70 to represent the 70,000 young adults in the United States who will …

— Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming. Whether you’ve been caring for a loved one for many years or you’re just beginning your journey, our free webinar will teach you five simple steps that will make the process easier. From starting a conversation to forming your team and making a plan, we’ll share practical advice you can use. Plus, we’ll help you learn how to find support and care for yourself. Get more details and learn how you can watch live or …

— AARP Maryland has released findings of a statewide survey highlighting Maryland family caregiver experiences, challenges and needs. The survey recognizes and supports the important role that an estimated 771,000 Maryland residents have as family caregivers. Their unpaid work and assistance makes it possible for their parents, spouses or other loved ones to live independently at home – where they want to be. “Today in Maryland, more than half a million unpaid family caregivers are the unheralded backbone of our state’s care, …

— Looking for a job online with no success? Join AARP Senior Advisor Heather Tinsley-Fix to learn how to build and leverage your personal network—which could be the key to your job search. From professional associations to networking, Heather will help you learn how to make connections that will help you land your next job. Register for this important webinar now!

— Looking for a job? Learn how you can harness the power of social media in your job hunt. Our free webinar, “Leveraging Social Media for Job Searches” will teach you how to find job postings on social media sites, follow companies for the latest hiring updates and more. Register now and watch any time. 

— The following was written by the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative “Health Care for All!” Coalition. The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative established the Coalition in 1999, with a mission to educate Marylanders about feasible and effective ways to expand access to quality affordable health insurance for all residents of our state. The coalition is the state’s largest health care consumer coalition with over 1200 diverse organizational members, including religious, health, community, labor, and business groups from across the state. Our state is pioneering a …

— MEDIA ADVISORY What: Press Conference on March 12 – Pass The CARE Act! – SB572/HB1006 AARP Maryland Urges Support for the CARE Act to Help Caregivers Keep Family Members at Home Maryland House and Senate scheduled to hear the Bill on March 12, 2015 When: Thursday, March 12 – 12 pm Where: AARP’s Annapolis Office, 15 School Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 (View on Google Maps)     Key Issues: More than 770,000 Marylanders care for aging parents and spouses who want …