— En Español. More than 770,000 Marylanders care for a parent, spouse or other loved one while also juggling full-or part-time jobs. That is why AARP Maryland fought for passage of a new state law called the Healthy Working Families Act, which provides family caregivers—as well as many other Maryland workers—with access to earned sick and safe leave.   Here are five things you should know about the Healthy Working Families Act earned sick and safe leave program: 1) What is earned …

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—     Everyone is at risk for falling victim to fraud and scams. Don’t miss AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale (the inspiration for the hit film “Catch Me If You Can”) as he speaks for free in Baltimore County on Friday, June 15! Watch our teaser video below, and then RSVP for your spot to our free event with Frank Abagnale on June 15. On Facebook? Once you’ve registered, mark yourself as “going” or “interested” on our official …

— In partnership with AARP Experience Corps, the AARP Foundation, and REAL School Gardens, AARP Maryland’s wish is to create a safe space for children to learn, thrive and play during the school day, that will also be available for the use of all generations during off-school hours. From that idea was born the AARP Maryland Intergenerational Park in Baltimore, at James McHenry Elementary School! Follow along with AARP Maryland as we sponsor and build a new intergenerational park in Baltimore! …

— The following guest blog was written by Ted Meyerson, an AARP Maryland volunteer. What would you do if you had an accident or suddenly became so ill that you could not talk? If you had done some advance care planning, you and attending health care professionals, would know what medical treatments you would want, or not want.  Advance care planning gives you a voice, even when you cannot speak. It has the potential of avoiding family fights and lessening the …

— Are you 50+ and looking for employment? You aren’t alone. Many Americans are looking for work as they reimagine the next stage of their life. If you live in or near Montgomery County, your next opportunity may be just a handshake away at the free 50+ Employment Expo, hosted by the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA). More details are below: FREE 50+ Employment Expo on April 16 in North Bethesda! Retool, recharge & reinvent yourself at the free 50+ Employment Expo! …

— 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 …

— Don’t just toss your sensitive documents…shred ’em for free with AARP! We also have a wealth of valuable information at our AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops about how to stay savvy to the latest scams out there and how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. Our shreds and workshops (often combined) are must-attend events that you don’t want to miss! When it comes to our shredding events, please remember: no businesses please, and make sure to remove all plastic …

—     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!                                 …

— AARP Maryland offers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, helpful conversations about caring for sick loved ones, modifying your home to make it comfortable and safe, as well as general information about our mission and organizational initiatives. Keep AARP in mind when you’re planning programs for community organizations and church groups. Our presentations and workshops provide useful tools and actionable information to help Marylanders 50+ live their best lives. The presentations are typically between 20 minutes …

— 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 …

— By Thomas Ferraro At 70, Veronica Henson serves on the front lines in the fight against poverty as a volunteer at Baltimore’s Furley Elementary School. She teaches kindergartners how to read. “Children need to know that someone cares,” said Henson, who tutors the students, including some from low-income families, one-on-one and in small groups. “A lot of them need help. I feel this is my calling.” The stakes are high. Research shows that children who can’t read proficiently by third …