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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 January 15, 2019   For information …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— The Maryland General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 9, and AARP Maryland staff and volunteers are attending events called Delegation Fridays to discuss issues important to Free Staters age 50 and older. During these sessions volunteers meet with state senators and delegates to discuss bills and issues important to them. At these gatherings, county and city officials also brief state legislators on matters relevant to the people they represent. Members of Congress frequently make appearances, too. There are opportunities to network before …

— AARP advocates on policy issues that matter most to Marylanders age 50 and over and their families. In our state legislative advocacy, we rely on our hundreds of volunteers and more than 890,000 members across Maryland. Read on to learn what we focus on and how you can be a part of it! HEALTH SECURITY Caregivers More than 771,000 Marylanders are assisting their parents, spouses and other loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. Most juggle their …

— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …

— 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 …

— 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, …

— 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 …

—                                 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 …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— Do you enjoy the legislative process? How about working with and advocating for like-minded individuals? Well, AARP Maryland needs your help! We’re looking to recruit up to two volunteers for advocacy and outreach. The ideal candidate(s) would be able to commute to Annapolis when available and provide assistance during the legislative session and beyond. Candidates should be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm (hours are negotiable). Mileage and parking expenses during the position’s run …

—   The following is a new AARP Maryland column written by AARP Volunteer Brian Smith, a Navy veteran who resides in National Harbor, Maryland. I have been enjoying my time volunteering as an AARP Maryland Veterans Advocate. After spending an interesting and informative 2018 session advocating in the Maryland legislature, I am looking forward to returning next year to keep fighting for veterans issues. From time to time, I run across information that may be of interest to my fellow …

— The following is an op-ed by Jim Campbell, AARP Maryland’s Volunteer State President, which ran in the August 17 edition of the Baltimore Sun.  Many important decisions are facing policy makers this election season, but one of the most critical should be how to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to …