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

—   x January 2018 summary: The first few weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session are now in the rear view mirror! More than 1,200 bills were introduced in the House and Senate in January and AARP Maryland is reviewing them now. Our advocacy director has noted many of this year’s bills center around health and retirement savings, as well as utility bills related to broadband. Our Delegation Fridays in Annapolis have been a huge success, and we’ve gotten to meet some …

— 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 …

— Hunger persists long after the holiday spirit of giving winds down. That’s why AARP Maryland sponsors Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry, an annual drive to replenish local food pantries. Nearly 1 in 5 low-income residents 60 and older struggle with hunger, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. Older people who don’t know where they will get their next meal are five times more likely than their food-secure peers to suffer from depression. They also are more susceptible to extended hospital …

— Are you a family caregiver? Would you like an opportunity to relax and unwind? Join AARP for a free afternoon of Mend Restorative yoga at Baltimore’s M. Power Yoga! The session will begin with an open and informal talk about our role as caregivers and where you can find support and resources, followed by a soothing session of yoga. Light refreshments will be served. New to Yoga? No worries! This class focuses on gently stretching and healing while holding poses …

—     AARP MARYLAND AND THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON CAREGIVING Present Caregiving in Maryland: Care for All A FREE SYMPOSIUM FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Featuring AARP Family and Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer and Guest Moderator State Senator Delores G. Kelly Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00AM to 2:30PM Hilton BWI Airport 1739 West Nursery Road Linthicum Heights, MD Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served! Register now!                                 …

— By Michelle R. Davis Gay rights advocate Carlton Smith has lived for decades in Baltimore, where he created a close community of friends and fellow organizers. A longtime HIV survivor who was once estranged from his parents, Smith designated a local friend as his caregiver if health issues arise. Smith’s parents live in a state he considers “not LGBT-friendly,” and he wouldn’t want to move there. His potential caregiver knows his wishes regarding his health and life. “I have a …

— AARP Maryland offers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, helpful conversations about caring for sick loved ones, modifying your home to make it comfortable and safe, as well as general information about our mission and organizational initiatives. Keep AARP in mind when you’re planning programs for community organizations and church groups. Our presentations and workshops provide useful tools and actionable information to help Marylanders 50+ live their best lives. The presentations are typically between 20 minutes …

— If you are raising a grandchild or another relative’s child, you are not alone. Millions of grandparents and other relatives are raising children. AARP has a wonderful Guide for GrandFamilies that can help you find your way with tips, tools and resources to the services and support you need to take care of yourself and your family. For additional help we’ve compiled a list of additional and some local resources. Baltimore City Health Department Division of Aging & CARE Services: Grandparents …

—   Updated July 2017: In addition to several volunteer Executive Council positions that are open, AARP Maryland is also seeking a new volunteer State President who would start in 2018! Learn more and apply below (if interested in the State President position, please mention in your application). AARP Maryland is looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland – to help shape goals and …

— Maryland ranks 12th among the 50 states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, up from the 23rd spot just three years ago, but AARP warns more must be done to meet changing demographic demands. While the state posted gains in support for family caregivers with measures such as 2016’s passage of The Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, Maryland continues to lag in the provision of services for adults with …

— AARP is proud to be part of a new Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative in Montgomery County. Montgomery County joins seven other communities across the nation in this movement, including Boston, Denver and Prince George’s County, MD. AARP has joined other organizations and community leaders, including the Montgomery County Area Office on Aging and BrightFocus. We are currently looking for Montgomery County area residents to volunteer with us to help increase the success of this initiative! If interested in learning more, …