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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 …

— Kathy Siggins of Mt. Airy has been leading an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s through the sale of stamps she helped to create. This specialty stamp is being sold with a portion of its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research at NIH. Kathy’s mission to end Alzheimer’s has come a long way, but it’s far from over. And you can help. Watch her story below, and to purchase the Alzheimer’s stamp, visit bit.ly/buyalzstamp to support this important research. If you’re interested …

— AARP chapter president, Larry Walton of Ocean Pines in Worcester, MD was recently inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame 2018 and was one of five recipients to receive the accompanying GERI award. As president of the Ocean Pines Chapter of AARP for five years, president of the Ocean Area chapter of National Active Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), and vice chair of the Worcester County Commission on Aging, Larry was recognized for all of his volunteer work in …

— By Michelle R. Davis For two decades, Chuck Smith, 72, has seen the ebb and flow of economic hardship play out at the food pantry where he volunteers, at St. Martin of Tours parish in Gaithersburg. There was the spike in demand after a recession in the early 1990s, which prompted the church to formalize the food distribution program. A 2001 recession doubled the number of people asking for food. Now there’s the uptick in immigrants Smith sees every Monday, …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

—   The election is finally over! We have Governor Hogan back for four more years, as well as many new faces in the Maryland legislature…and, it is a great time to be a Maryland veteran. Last term, Governor Hogan put forth a very pro-veteran legislative agenda, including numerous initiatives supported by AARP Maryland. Unfortunately, too many bills died in the legislature. However, several recent, significant changes will help ensure a greater emphasis on veterans’ matters in Annapolis. Recently, AARP Maryland …

—   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 …