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—     Curious about what events AARP is holding or participating in across Maryland? Look no further! This frequently updated calendar (we are adding more events every day!) will give you the basic details for events that AARP is either hosting or a part of, as well as links and contact information, so that you can connect with AARP locally in your community soon. Be sure to bookmark this page for easy access. Last updated November 6, 2018   For information …

—   Hey, you may have noticed from all the TV, radio, and social media activity, it is ELECTION TIME! That time when we hire the people that we want to represent us and our interests in a variety of political bodies. Soon, not soon enough, the season of promises will be over. Voting is a right and responsibility of citizens, but fully exercising our citizenship is an ongoing, 24/7/365 responsibility. After the election, I hope you will join me and …

— Join AARP Maryland for a FREE happy hour and tap into your unlimited possibilities. Learn how you can “Disrupt Aging” and make a positive difference on the Eastern Shore. From helping to inform people about scams and identity theft, creating “livable communities,” advocating on policy issues, or being an ambassador for AARP at events, to just having a great time at the movies or your local brewery, we have opportunities for everyone to explore their Real Possibilities! Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:00 …

— It is hard to believe that it has been 17 years since 9/11/01. A career Sailor, I was “thirty-something” on the day America was attacked, and now I’m a “fifty-something” military retiree supporting AARP Maryland on veterans issues. Reflecting on this really brought home to me how many of our veteran seniors have served and fought in the post-9/11 military! On that note, here are my monthly newsworthy items: Share the Veterans Crisis Line Number to Save a Life. You have …

— Are you searching for the secrets to Living Longer, Living Well? Visit the Power of Age Expo, hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Aging, on October 3-4, 2018 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds!   This expo is the largest regional show of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region providing information and resources, 300+ exhibitors/vendors, continuous live entertainment, special feature areas, free health screenings, a veteran muster and much more. Once you reach a certain age living life can be complex, …

—   The following is a new AARP Maryland column written by AARP Volunteer Brian Smith, a Navy veteran who resides in National Harbor, Maryland. I have been enjoying my time volunteering as an AARP Maryland Veterans Advocate. After spending an interesting and informative 2018 session advocating in the Maryland legislature, I am looking forward to returning next year to keep fighting for veterans issues. From time to time, I run across information that may be of interest to my fellow …

— [AARP Maryland Associate State Director for Advocacy Tammy Bresnahan spoke to The Daily Record recently about the unique challenges faced by family caregivers.] By: Special to The Daily Record Gina Gallucci-White July 12, 2018 As parents reach their golden years, many need their adult children’s help for daily living or for simple tasks like rides to doctor’s appointments and going to the grocery store or more intense care such as dressing, bathing and administering medication. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 65 …

— 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 …