— AARP is pleased to welcome the City of Hyattsville as the latest member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. As the latest community to sign on to the network and complete an intensive two-year study and planning project, Hyattsville’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world. Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation …

— Nominate a community volunteer for AARP’s 2019 Andrus Award! Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding individuals in every state who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Andrus Awards until July 15, 2019. Take some time and fill out the online form to nominate a …

— 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 …

— While in Annapolis during our Delegation Fridays, we have the opportunity to meet many influential people in Maryland’s political sphere. That includes reporters and journalists that cover all things happening in our state’s capital. To better serve you, the 50+ population of Maryland, we want to continue our efforts of making sure your voices are heard by establishing relationships with the storytellers that by and large have a huge impact on creating and establishing public opinion concerning all things politics. Along …

—   The following guest blog was written by Ted Meyerson, AARP Maryland volunteer speaker on advance directives.  Did you ever worry about having an accident and not being able to speak to the doctors or nurses? Suppose they started asking advice from someone who doesn’t know what treatments you would want, or not want. Perhaps they could end up doing things to you that you would never have wanted. They may not know about your allergies to medications or foods, …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by Navy Veteran Brian Smith. A somber note to start this edition is the passing of President George H.W. Bush. A prominent member of the greatest generation, his loss is a poignant reminder of how quickly we are losing these amazing World War II Veterans. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive in 2018. Sadly, we …

— Looking for a list of events that AARP Maryland is hosting or a part of? Visit our Calendar of Events page. Think you know AARP in Maryland? You don’t know ‘aarp.’ We’re working to support family caregivers, achieve affordable and reliable utilities, protect loved ones from fraud and scams and build new tools to help working Marylanders save for retirement. But that’s not all. From standing up with leaders to spur change in your community to taking part in free …

— 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 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 …

—   The election is finally over! We have Governor Hogan back for four more years, as well as many new faces in the Maryland legislature…and, it is a great time to be a Maryland veteran. Last term, Governor Hogan put forth a very pro-veteran legislative agenda, including numerous initiatives supported by AARP Maryland. Unfortunately, too many bills died in the legislature. However, several recent, significant changes will help ensure a greater emphasis on veterans’ matters in Annapolis. Recently, AARP Maryland …