— 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!

— 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 …

— By Kim Keister Brian T. Smith served the American people for more than 30 years. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and retired as a Navy captain, saw combat and received a number of military awards. Smith, who turns 57 this month, has pivoted to serve in a different way. He advocated for military retirees and disabled veterans during this year’s Maryland General Assembly session. “There was a connection to give back to the community and state by going to …

— April 2018 update: An Executive Director & CEO has now been appointed to lead Maryland’s Work & Save retirement savings program! More details below. In 2016, a bill became law that will allow one million Marylanders to save for retirement who had no way to do so before through their place of employment. Taking a monumental step toward ensuring a more secure financial future for small business employees, Governor Larry Hogan signed SB 1007/HB 1378, the Maryland Small Business Retirement …

— AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

— Nov. 10, 2016 CONTACT Nancy Carr, 410.895.7610 ncarr@aarp.org   State director calls on new leadership to address Social Security, Medicare and Caregiving Maryland— AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the outcome of the 2016 General Election in Maryland: “AARP Maryland congratulates the winners of the 2016 contests for the US Senate and House of Representatives.  As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said yesterday, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Maryland stands ready to work with …

— By Tom Ferraro Sheila Maddox has always been good with numbers and people. So good, that as a young woman, she took a tax preparation course so she could do her own taxes and help her parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends do theirs. During each of the past several years, Maddox, 68, has also been helping hundreds of fellow retirees at two Baltimore senior centers file their taxes. “I wouldn’t say I enjoy it; I’d say it’s a …

— By Christopher J. Gearon Frederick business owner Jim Racheff has a front-row seat to a growing savings crisis—one that leaves about 1 million Marylanders without a way to save for retirement at work. As CEO of DMS Inc., an information systems company, Racheff provides a retirement savings plan to the firm’s 80 employees. Financial brokers regularly woo him to switch his company’s plan. Yet those brokers don’t want to help Racheff provide similar plans to the handful of workers employed …

— More 50+ Americans are finding out every day that owning a small business can be a great opportunity. Whether out of necessity to generate income or to turn a passion into a paycheck, older entrepreneurs are starting small businesses more than any other age group! So where do you start if you’re interested? How do you turn an idea into reality? Tune into a special AARP Encore Entrepreneur telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8 p.m. Experts from AARP …

— Thanks to all who attended this event! Look for our next advocacy day in 2016. Want to lend your voice in support of Maryland’s 50+ community? AARP Maryland is seeking volunteer advocates to join us in Annapolis during the 2016 legislative session, and an upcoming training session will educate you on what we do. You’ll have a chance to make a meaningful difference in your community and statewide on important issues like family caregiving and retirement savings. Get involved! AARP …

— AARP has joined a coalition of organizations that is pushing to create tighter rules for investment advice for 401(k), IRA and other retirement plans. The Save Our Retirement Coalition aims to protect Americans’ retirement savings from hidden fees, undisclosed commissions and other conflicts-of-interest that enrich some investment advisers at the expense of their clients. Did you know that currently, retirement advisers can offer you products that are “suitable” for you, but not necessarily in your “best interest?” In fact, there …