— ACTION ALERT:  Its time to #StopRxGreed  Drugs don’t work if people cannot afford them. Maryland families deserve access to affordable medication, especially life saving prescription drugs. But from cancer treatments to EpiPens, drug companies’ skyrocketing prices are pushing life-saving treatments out of reach for those who need them. We pay among the highest prescription drug prices in the world so drug companies can make billions.  No one should have to choose between buying medicine or buying food for our families. That’s …

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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 May 9, 2019   For information …

— By Effie Dawson It’s Monday morning and the conversation on Shawn Perry’s radio show, The Senior Zone, ranges far and wide, from caregiving and Social Security to dating apps, elder hostels and senior summer school. Some of Perry’s listeners, who tend to be 50-plus, want to discuss national news. Others tune in for family and personal issues. “I want each listener to walk away with something,” said Perry, 55, of Clarksburg. “We’ve covered gardening; we’ve covered senior sex. It’s not …

— In addition to their leadership and advisory roles, AARP Maryland Executive Council members represent the state office as spokespersons, serve as liaisons to current and potential strategic community partners, support volunteer team building, and spearhead outreach efforts within various regions of the state. Jim Campbell, Maryland State President Jim Campbell comes to the AARP Executive Council with a long career in public affairs. From 2003 to 2017 he served as senior manager at Johns Hopkins University School of Education working …

— Maryland features some world-class museums, theatre, zoos, as well as other cultural and sporting events. We’re working with organizations statewide, from Oakland to Ocean City and places in between, to bring terrific offers on exciting cultural events to AARP members and their guests throughout 2019 and beyond! Take a look at what’s coming up below, and keep checking back here often as new events and offerings are always being added! Last updated April 25, 2019. Get Special Discounts on Strathmore …

— The AARP Maryland state office, located in downtown Baltimore City, is currently looking for a few qualified volunteers to help out in a variety of capacities! Please see below for any opportunities you might be interested in. Volunteer Intake Coordinator AARP Maryland is looking for a friendly, engaging individual to help with welcoming and on-boarding new volunteers. The Volunteer Intake Coordinator has an important role in assisting the AARP Maryland Associate State Directors and Executive Council members in managing the …

— AARP Maryland has had an exciting year with AMAZING volunteers and members. We would like to thank all of you for being a part of our community and family. Check out this short video that highlights a few of our amazing events! Stay up to date with all things AARP Maryland by following our Twitter page and liking our Facebook page!

— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …

— Kathy Siggins of Mt. Airy has been leading an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s through the sale of stamps she helped to create. This specialty stamp is being sold with a portion of its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research at NIH. Kathy’s mission to end Alzheimer’s has come a long way, but it’s far from over. And you can help. Watch her story below, and to purchase the Alzheimer’s stamp, visit bit.ly/buyalzstamp to support this important research. If you’re interested …

— AARP chapter president, Larry Walton of Ocean Pines in Worcester, MD was recently inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame 2018 and was one of five recipients to receive the accompanying GERI award. As president of the Ocean Pines Chapter of AARP for five years, president of the Ocean Area chapter of National Active Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), and vice chair of the Worcester County Commission on Aging, Larry was recognized for all of his volunteer work in …

— Welcome to the AARP Maryland Livable Communities page! Liveable Communities supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be great places for people of all ages. We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life. AARP is spreading the word about age-friendly, livable communities. Check out our radio spots running on the Maryland News Network.   …

— By Michelle R. Davis For two decades, Chuck Smith, 72, has seen the ebb and flow of economic hardship play out at the food pantry where he volunteers, at St. Martin of Tours parish in Gaithersburg. There was the spike in demand after a recession in the early 1990s, which prompted the church to formalize the food distribution program. A 2001 recession doubled the number of people asking for food. Now there’s the uptick in immigrants Smith sees every Monday, …