— If you’ve been keeping up with our major projects this year, you know that we have two large-scale, volunteer-driven events on the horizon in 2018: our annual spring food drive at the end of April, and our first intergenerational playground project breaking ground in Baltimore on May 10! Want to help out? Get an update on the AARP Maryland Spring Food Drive, April 27 and 28. Sign up to volunteer in your community! Read up on the latest about AARP …

—       xFraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide. Watch out for these two tax crimes making headlines: tax identity theft and the IRS impostor scam. TAX ID THEFT What is it? Your personal information is stolen for a fraudulent refund. More specifically, tax identity theft can involve: filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number, claiming someone else’s children as dependents, or claiming a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer’s information. Learn more about tax …

— 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 …

— From participating in a fun Chinese New Year celebration in Howard County to hosting our first (and most popular to-date) free movie screening of Black Panther in Owings Mills, we stayed busy last month! Check out a few images from our February events below. If you’re interested in joining our volunteer team and making a difference in your community with AARP, take a moment to fill out our volunteer interest form and someone will be in touch soon!

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— April Update: The 2018 Maryland General Assembly has come and gone once again! While we are disappointed that we weren’t able to get Maryland’s HB 1194 – Drug Cost Commission bill passed in the final moments of the session, Marylanders have a lot of big “wins” to be proud of…and can thank our hard-working volunteers for making it happen! Read our state director’s note about the major victories for 50+ Marylanders and their families this legislative session. Thank you to all …

— By Ellen Poltilove Interested in being an intern with AARP Maryland? We’re hiring! View the available opportunities and apply here.  Emily Abramson looked for a public health internship. Addison O’Shea wanted an internship where she could use her communications skills. Both landed at AARP Maryland, where each day they use their backgrounds to advocate for the 50-plus population. “It’s very rare I find an organization I stand by 100 percent,” said Abramson, who lives in Baltimore. “AARP is one of …

— 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 …

— Note: This Op-Ed originally ran in the February 9th 2018 edition of The Daily Record. Mrs. M is a 65-year-old woman who couldn’t afford medications for her diabetes and heart problems. She began cutting her pills into half, then into thirds and quarters. One day, she suffered a massive heart attack. She was able to be resuscitated, but her heart function is so poor that she can barely walk from her bed to the door without being out of breath. …

— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …