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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 …

— AARP Maryland wants Free Staters to know about several October events to help navigate caregiving and other challenges. Caregivers can find guidance at the Frederick County Elder Expo 2018, at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (exhibits from 4 to 6 p.m., caregiver presentation 6-8 p.m., registration required); and Wednesday, Oct. 3 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.). Visit espcfrederick.com/elder-expo. Howard County’s annual 50+ Expo will be Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School in …

— [AARP Maryland Associate State Director for Advocacy Tammy Bresnahan spoke to The Daily Record recently about the unique challenges faced by family caregivers.] By: Special to The Daily Record Gina Gallucci-White July 12, 2018 As parents reach their golden years, many need their adult children’s help for daily living or for simple tasks like rides to doctor’s appointments and going to the grocery store or more intense care such as dressing, bathing and administering medication. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 65 …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— En Español. More than 770,000 Marylanders care for a parent, spouse or other loved one while also juggling full-or part-time jobs. That is why AARP Maryland fought for passage of a new state law called the Healthy Working Families Act, which provides family caregivers—as well as many other Maryland workers—with access to earned sick and safe leave.   Here are five things you should know about the Healthy Working Families Act earned sick and safe leave program: 1) What is earned …

— 4/30 UPDATE:  The 2018 Spring Food Drive is complete! Thank you to all of the volunteers and those who stopped at their respective locations to donate food to less-fortunate Marylanders. View some photos from the event on Twitter. We will have an update coming soon with the total poundage of food collected, so stay tuned!     Wondering where the closest participating location is near you? See below for an up-to-date list of locations: HARVEST 2018 LOCATIONS Anne Arundel County …

— The following guest blog was written by Ted Meyerson, an AARP Maryland volunteer. What would you do if you had an accident or suddenly became so ill that you could not talk? If you had done some advance care planning, you and attending health care professionals, would know what medical treatments you would want, or not want.  Advance care planning gives you a voice, even when you cannot speak. It has the potential of avoiding family fights and lessening the …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

—   This resource page will be continually updated with the latest information and resource links that Maryland’s more than 771,000 family caregivers should know about as they practice their labor of love. Last updated October 2018. En Español  Caregiving Resources: Learn about Maryland’s CARE Act and download your free wallet card Earned Sick Leave in Maryland: Top Five Things to Know Maryland Guardianship Information If someone is caring for a family member who can no longer make decisions for themselves and …