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 our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— BALTIMORE (October 10, 2018) – Jasmin Marie Duckett of Baltimore has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2017 AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service—the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Maryland selected Duckett for her remarkable service, including her tireless work on a series of improvements that together help to make her West Baltimore neighborhood a safer and more comfortable place to live— especially …

—     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 …

— Come say hello to AARP Maryland as we partake and enjoy the 19th Annual Howard County 50+ EXPO in Columbia, MD! The event will be held at Wilde Lake High School (5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044) from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday, October 20. Stop by AARP’s Driver Safety workshop or learn how you can make aging in place possible with our special HomeFit workshop. Additionally, you are invited to a special free screening of American Masters – James Beard: America’s …

— Updated August 7: The bad health care bill was voted down during the early morning hours of July 28! We thank Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen for voting no to proceed with the “skinny repeal,” and for keeping older Marylanders 50+ and their families in mind. Find out how your Senators voted on the bill, and send them a message to tell them what you think! Additionally, read AARP’s August 3rd letter to Congress to urge them to …

— By Thomas Ferraro Wayne Clark and his wife, Karyn, moved from North Carolina to Maryland in 2015 largely because of his passion for biking. At 66, trim and fit, just a few pounds heavier than he was in high school, he cycles 5,000 miles a year. “I love bicycling not only because of the health benefits, but because of the sense of accomplishment I get by traveling to places on my own power,” said Clark, a retired computer network engineer. …

— 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 …

— This Op-Ed originally ran in the March 24th 2017 edition of The Daily Record. Among the numerous cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget are critical services that are used to support older Americans. As leaders who, respectively, safeguard the health and well-being of 620,000 residents in Baltimore, and represent the interests of the 50-plus community and their families across Maryland, we are deeply concerned how the proposed budget’s significant cuts will devastate the health and well-being of older …