— 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 March 15, 2019   For information …

— We’re looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland. The AARP Maryland Executive Council In addition to their leadership and advisory roles, AARP Maryland Executive Council members represent the state office as spokespersons, serve as liaisons to current and potential strategic community partners, support volunteer team building, and spearhead outreach efforts within various regions of the state. New Executive Council members will serve an …

— By Effie Dawson It’s Monday morning and the conversation on Shawn Perry’s radio show, The Senior Zone, ranges far and wide, from caregiving and Social Security to dating apps, elder hostels and senior summer school. Some of Perry’s listeners, who tend to be 50-plus, want to discuss national news. Others tune in for family and personal issues. “I want each listener to walk away with something,” said Perry, 55, of Clarksburg. “We’ve covered gardening; we’ve covered senior sex. It’s not …

—   The following guest blog was written by Ted Meyerson, AARP Maryland volunteer speaker on advance directives.  Did you ever worry about having an accident and not being able to speak to the doctors or nurses? Suppose they started asking advice from someone who doesn’t know what treatments you would want, or not want. Perhaps they could end up doing things to you that you would never have wanted. They may not know about your allergies to medications or foods, …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— 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! A part of our work in Annapolis includes interviewing and chatting with lawmakers at the state and federal level. Check out some of our interviews with senators, …

— 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 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 …