— ACTION ALERT:  Its time to #StopRxGreed  Drugs don’t work if people cannot afford them. Maryland families deserve access to affordable medication, especially life saving prescription drugs. But from cancer treatments to EpiPens, drug companies’ skyrocketing prices are pushing life-saving treatments out of reach for those who need them. We pay among the highest prescription drug prices in the world so drug companies can make billions.  No one should have to choose between buying medicine or buying food for our families. That’s …

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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 April 18, 2019   For information …

— In honor of Earth Day 2019, guest blogger Charlie Conklin says living a better life as we age means leaving a better world for the next generation. This month is the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, an opportune time to reflect on the progress that we have made, locally, nationally and globally, over the years to recognize and protect the planet’s vital resources. For those of us fortunate to remember the first Earth Day, it is also a time to …

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— AARP is pleased to welcome the City of Hyattsville as the latest member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. As the latest community to sign on to the network and complete an intensive two-year study and planning project, Hyattsville’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 around the world. Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation …

— Nominate a community volunteer for AARP’s 2019 Andrus Award! Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding individuals in every state who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Andrus Awards until July 15, 2019. Take some time and fill out the online form to nominate a …

— On the night of Sine Die, AARP Maryland advocacy volunteers are celebrating a slew of legislative victories during the 2019 General Assembly Session, including measures to promote affordable prescription drugs, protect nursing home patients, support veterans and combat energy rate hikes. “Our remarkable AARP volunteers and staff fought valiantly this session to address the high cost of prescriptions and many other measures of importance to the 50+ and their families.  And our efforts paid off” said Hank Greenberg, State Director of …

— AARP Maryland is saddened by the passing of Speaker Michael Busch. He was an outstanding public servant who through his compassion and leadership skills worked to improve the lives of all Marylanders. “We are grateful for Mike’s many years of steadfast inclusive leadership in the state, his championship of health care and retirement security, but mostly for his high ethical conduct that he modeled in public service,” said State Director Hank Greenberg. First elected in 1987, Mike Busch quickly rose …

—   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 winter finally over, it’s time to start thinking about the 2019 AARP Maryland Spring …

—   Come join AARP MD for a night out at the theater. While you are there, speak with an AARP representative to learn about what AARP is doing in the community. AARP is a sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary Tour. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is renowned for celebrating the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance heritage. AARP members and guests may purchase discounted tickets at 10% off with no …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. The Maryland General Assembly session wraps up on Monday, April 8th. You know what that means? Time to shift focus to BASEBALL SEASON — GO NATS! It is also time to start gearing up for next years legislative session! Regardless of this sessions’ outcomes, there is still so much work remaining to make Maryland a more retirement friendly state. Last month, I mentioned testifying …

— If you were at the hospital and unable to speak, how would medical personnel know what kind of treatment you want or whom you want to make decisions for you? AARP Maryland reminds members to settle those critical details with an advance directive. Directives can be written or given orally via a statement in a dated video recording that is electronically stored by a state-approved service provider. When preparing an advance directive, consider preferred treatments, allergies, and religious and dietary …