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 …

— Older adults with mild memory impairment (especially those with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease) are needed for an ongoing research study around diet and memory at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The clinical trial is looking at the differences between a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet vs. a low-fat diet high in fruits, vegetables and grains. Both diets are considered safe for most physically healthy older adults. All education, support and vitamin supplements are being provided free of charge, and selected participants will be able …

— Join AARP Maryland in Marriottsville on Saturday, February 10, as we celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Dog) in Howard County! Stop by the AARP table and learn about the work we are doing across the state. What: Howard County Chinese School Lunar New Year Celebration Where: Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104 When: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Full details are below; we hope to see you there. Happy Lunar …

— Only one month has passed in 2018, and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Watch what your AARP Maryland staff has been up to so far in 2018! January- Our Month in Review! It’s only the second month of 2018 and boy do we feel like we hit the ground running! Check out this video to see what your AARP Maryland staff and volunteers have been up to for the 31 days of January! Posted by …

— AARP Maryland wishes you and your family a happy Lunar New Year! Happy Lunar New Year! AARP Maryland wishes you and your family a happy Lunar New Year! In celebration of 2018 being the Year of the Dog, we have a special contest for you to enter. Be sure to visit http://spr.ly/6188DOSzs for more information! Posted by AARP Maryland on Wednesday, February 7, 2018   NEW ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCES ON AARP.ORG AARP is also happy to announce the launch of …

—   Calling all artists over age 50 in the Baltimore, Howard County and Greater Washington areas! You are invited to participate in The Beacon Celebration of the Arts. Here’s how to participate: Step 1: Give some thought to trying your hand at a new art or craft, or returning to one you used to enjoy. Some ideas: watercolors, sketching, oil painting, jewelry making, pottery, sculpture, digital photography, poetry — the list is virtually endless. Step 2: Go ahead: take a …

— Follow along with AARP Maryland as we sponsor and build a new intergenerational playground in Baltimore! Chapter 1: The Design and Dine Stay tuned for Chapter 2! Volunteers are needed for this project’s “big dig” this spring! If you’d like to get involved with our new playground project, please contact Emily Abramson at eabramson@aarp.org.  

— 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 …

— As AARP Maryland’s current State President, Clarence “Tiger” Davis, completes his final term, AARP is thankful for everything he has done. “Tiger Davis brought a lifetime of grassroots activism and public service to AARP in Maryland six years ago when he became our State President,” said AARP Maryland’s State Director, Hank Greenberg. “He has been a great leader, partner and mentor to me during that time, and I credit him with opening doors for AARP in communities throughout Maryland, raising …

— AARP Maryland has received the 2017 Reginald F. Lewis Corporation/Organization Award from the Maryland State Conference (MSC) of the NAACP. AARP Maryland State President Clarence “Tiger” Davis and Associate State Director for Community Outreach Joy Hall accepted the award on behalf of the state office at the organization’s Freedom Fund Dinner in Columbia, MD on October 27. Held on the opening night of the MSC NAACP 77th Annual Convention, the event honors individuals and organizations that have provided exemplary service …

— 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 …