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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 …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— By Effie Dawson When David Conway goes to the polls Nov. 6, he will vote for candidates committed to controlling health care costs. Conway, 64, of Columbia, retired last year after 42 years selling medical devices, and now volunteers with AARP on legislative issues. His career made him keenly aware of how expensive health care is and convinced him that affordable health care is at risk in Washington. Conway’s priorities mirror those of more than 3,400 state residents 50 and …

—                                 By Effie Dawson When David Conway goes to the polls Nov. 6, he will vote for candidates committed to controlling health care costs. Conway, 64, of Columbia, retired last year after 42 years selling medical devices, and now volunteers with AARP on legislative issues. His career made him keenly aware of how expensive health care is and convinced him that affordable health care is …

— The following is an op-ed by Jim Campbell, AARP Maryland’s Volunteer State President, which ran in the August 17 edition of the Baltimore Sun.  Many important decisions are facing policy makers this election season, but one of the most critical should be how to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to …

— Updated November 6, 2018 – PLEASE VOTE, MARYLAND! POLLS CLOSE AT 8 PM ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. Did you know that only 40 percent of those aged 50+ who vote in presidential elections vote in the midterms? Help us change the ratio. Be the difference. VOTE on November 6!         10/25 Update: Early voting has begun in Maryland and continues through Thursday, November 1! For a list of early voting centers across the state, click here. 9/25 …

— Earlier this year, we surveyed our AARP Advocates with a brief, two-question survey asking for their opinion as we continue through an important election year in 2018. We received more than 3,400 responses, and want to share the results with you! Our Advocates were asked the following: “What statewide legislative issues are important to you as we approach elections in 2018? See below for what issues they included in their top three:         We look forward to …

— 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 …

— Nov. 10, 2016 CONTACT Nancy Carr, 410.895.7610 ncarr@aarp.org   State director calls on new leadership to address Social Security, Medicare and Caregiving Maryland— AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the outcome of the 2016 General Election in Maryland: “AARP Maryland congratulates the winners of the 2016 contests for the US Senate and House of Representatives.  As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said yesterday, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Maryland stands ready to work with …

— By Thomas Ferraro  The two major party Maryland candidates for the U.S. Senate agree that bold action is needed to keep Social Security solvent for current and future retirees. But Republican Kathy Szeliga and Democrat Chris Van Hollen disagree on what must be done to enable Social Security to pay full benefits beyond 2034, and if those benefits can and should be increased. In addition, they offer different remedies for Medicare, which is vital to the nearly 880,000 AARP members …

— Thanks to all who attended this event! Look for our next advocacy day in 2016. Want to lend your voice in support of Maryland’s 50+ community? AARP Maryland is seeking volunteer advocates to join us in Annapolis during the 2016 legislative session, and an upcoming training session will educate you on what we do. You’ll have a chance to make a meaningful difference in your community and statewide on important issues like family caregiving and retirement savings. Get involved! AARP …