— 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 May 23, 2019   For information …

— Learn essential networking and interviewing skills at our free, two-part webinar. Sharpening Your Networking & Interview Skills Part 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7 p.m. ET No matter your skills or experience, getting the job often comes down to two critical factors: 1. Who you know, and 2. How you handle yourself in an interview. AARP’s free, two-part webinar, Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills, was created to help you hone …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— A statewide public opinion poll released on May 6, shows overwhelming bipartisan support among Maryland voters for a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Sponsored by the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, the Gonzales Maryland Poll found that 81% of voters favor the Maryland General Assembly’s recently passed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in the state (56% “strongly favor” and 25% “somewhat favor”), while only 10% oppose the measure (6% “strongly oppose” and 4% “somewhat oppose”), with 9% giving no opinion. …

— The average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. Recognizing financial abuse as the most common type of elder abuse, and accepting responsibility as a first-line defense, Maryland nonprofit financial counseling agency, CCCSMD and AARP Maryland are leading a statewide awareness campaign in partnership with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Maryland Department of Aging, the Maryland Department of Human Services and a Coalition of state agencies and community partners to “Protect Older Americans from Financial Exploitation” — …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. So, what did AARP Maryland actually accomplish for Veterans during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session? Well, now you will find out! After offering testimony on over 30 legislative initiatives, we were successful in the passage of SEVEN Veteran-friendly items! Senator Will Smith and Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins sponsored bills (two bills, one law) guaranteeing that the surviving spouse of a military retiree will attain …

— By Michelle R. Davis When 81-year-old Christine Mansfield and her husband moved from their longtime house in Bethesda to a nearby apartment in Montgomery County last year, the goal was to make aging easier. “We were looking for more stimulation and cultural activities,” Mansfield said. Now, when she leaves her high-rise in Friendship Heights, Mansfield can walk to the Metro station and her doctors’ offices, a shuttle can take her to the grocery store, and the village’s community center offers …

— 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 …