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 …

— By Christopher J. Gearon Not long after retiring, Rose Hobson, of Forestville, got bored. She wanted to find something that she enjoyed and that allowed her to grow and “give back to the community.” Six years ago, she found the AARP Driver Safety program, and she is now an instructor and district coordinator for Prince George’s County. Hobson, 65, a former FBI communications security specialist, has not looked back. “Volunteering for AARP Maryland keeps me alive,” she said. In addition …

— Driving safely isn’t just about keeping within the speed limit and signaling turns. It’s also about how well the car fits the driver. Get your car in shape at a free CarFit checkup. A trained volunteer technician can help you make sure rearview mirrors are properly adjusted, pedals are within easy reach and you can see over the steering wheel. The technician will not make any changes to your vehicle, but may recommend some adjustments. The checkup takes about 20 …

— You may be seeing signs that their driving skills are not quite what they used to be. Maybe their reflexes have slowed or their vision is not as strong. You are increasingly concerned not just about their personal safety, but also the safety of passengers and other drivers. Still, it’s a tough subject for most families. For the driver, to hang up the keys is to lose their independence. For families and caregivers, it means ensuring alternatives are available so …