— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Maryland for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— By Michelle R. Davis Pat Dixon, 63, drives her grandchildren around regularly. She has carpal tunnel syndrome in one wrist that can flare up when she’s behind the wheel, and she tries to avoid congested traffic. Dixon also wants to feel more confident about her driving. So in February, she attended a four-hour AARP Smart Driver course to learn how to remain secure on the road. After the class, Dixon, who splits her time between her Florida home and her …

— 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 …