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—     Curious about what events AARP is holding or participating in across Maryland? Look no further! This frequently updated calendar (we are adding more events every day!) will give you the basic details for events that AARP is either hosting or a part of, as well as links and contact information, so that you can connect with AARP locally in your community soon. Be sure to bookmark this page for easy access. Last updated November 6, 2018   For information …

—   The following is a guest blog from AARP Maryland’s former state president and Vietnam veteran, Clarence “Tiger” Davis. Having been born during the first year of World War II, I have seen and endured war up close and personal. I was four years old when my mother received the telegraph that her little brother had been killed in Germany. She passed out and we (my brother, sister and I) thought she had died. Soon thereafter, my other uncles and …

— The 2018 AARP Maryland Spring Harvest Food Drive was one of the best yet! Because of the integral roles our volunteers played in planning and executing the drive, we were able to engage over 100 volunteers who solicited donations at 14 grocery stores, and assisted with filling local pantry shelves to feed many families in need. We couldn’t have done it without their leadership! With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the 2019 AARP Maryland …

— Bike racks, outdoor seating and safe pedestrian paths aren’t just nice amenities; they’re part of what makes a community more livable and secure for people of all ages. AARP is helping pave the way, awarding $1.3 million for 129 Community Challenge grants nationally. Maryland earned grants in four localities. Projects include artistic bike racks throughout the Annapolis Arts District; tables and seating for events on Main Street in Berlin; improvements to outdoor space with new amenities in District Heights; and …

—   Hey, you may have noticed from all the TV, radio, and social media activity, it is ELECTION TIME! That time when we hire the people that we want to represent us and our interests in a variety of political bodies. Soon, not soon enough, the season of promises will be over. Voting is a right and responsibility of citizens, but fully exercising our citizenship is an ongoing, 24/7/365 responsibility. After the election, I hope you will join me and …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Join AARP Maryland for a FREE happy hour and tap into your unlimited possibilities. Learn how you can “Disrupt Aging” and make a positive difference on the Eastern Shore. From helping to inform people about scams and identity theft, creating “livable communities,” advocating on policy issues, or being an ambassador for AARP at events, to just having a great time at the movies or your local brewery, we have opportunities for everyone to explore their Real Possibilities! Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:00 …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— By Effie Dawson When David Conway goes to the polls Nov. 6, he will vote for candidates committed to controlling health care costs. Conway, 64, of Columbia, retired last year after 42 years selling medical devices, and now volunteers with AARP on legislative issues. His career made him keenly aware of how expensive health care is and convinced him that affordable health care is at risk in Washington. Conway’s priorities mirror those of more than 3,400 state residents 50 and …