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 …

— 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 …

— By Michelle R. Davis During his career as a journalist, Jim Gutman had to keep his opinions to himself. As the vice president and managing editor at a health care news publishing company, he needed to remain objective, staying outside the fray of politics. But when he retired in 2016, he could move from observer to participant. Gutman said he had long admired AARP, after watching the group’s lobbying efforts concerning Medicare Part D. “Once I retired, I wanted to …

— Are you a family caregiver? Would you like an opportunity to relax and unwind? Join AARP for a free afternoon of Mend Restorative yoga at Baltimore’s M. Power Yoga! The session will begin with an open and informal talk about our role as caregivers and where you can find support and resources, followed by a soothing session of yoga. Light refreshments will be served. New to Yoga? No worries! This class focuses on gently stretching and healing while holding poses …

— The Where We Live: Communities for All Ages series highlights inspiring ideas and solutions from America’s community leaders to improve their communities, respond to pressing issues, and build partnerships. These free AARP books are available in print and e-book formats. This year Maryland had three amazing towns featured as communities for all ages! Check out the stories behind the City of Bowie, Montgomery College and the City of Takoma Park by watching the videos below. City of Bowie: Perks For Planting a Tree, …

— 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 …

— If you are raising a grandchild or another relative’s child, you are not alone. Millions of grandparents and other relatives are raising children. AARP has a wonderful Guide for GrandFamilies that can help you find your way with tips, tools and resources to the services and support you need to take care of yourself and your family. For additional help we’ve compiled a list of additional and some local resources. Baltimore City Health Department Division of Aging & CARE Services: Grandparents …

— 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. …

— By Thomas Ferraro When state Del. C.T. Wilson, an ex-combat soldier, welcomed more than two dozen fellow veterans to the state capital recently, he urged them to step up, speak out and be heard. “It is not enough to allow our elected officials to wave their flag of veterans support every four years,” said Wilson (D-Bryans Road). “Let them know that they will be held accountable for their actions and support—or lack thereof.” Wilson’s message, delivered in an open letter …

— Enrollment is ending! Last chance to participate! It should be no surprise that AARP is actively involved in the fight against dementia-related illnesses. A new opportunity to fight these diseases is now available here in Maryland. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is enrolling eligible persons in the MIND at Home Study (Maximizing Independence at Home) for people with dementia or memory problems and their caregivers, who live in their homes in Baltimore City or the surrounding counties. The MIND at Home …

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— June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month, and it’s important to recognize the family caregivers who work to provide loved ones with the best treatment possible. Caregiving is a challenging job, but Maryland legislators recently worked tirelessly to pass a law to improve communication between hospitals and designated caregivers – thus providing caregivers with more knowledge of important tasks. Maryland’s new CARE Act law will aid more than 771,000 fearless family caregivers throughout the state, many of whom care for Alzheimer’s patients. In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, …