Join AARP Illinois for Medicare 101

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AARP Illinois brings its members a variety of resources and information on issues that impact your life. Do you have questions or concerns about Medicare? Learn the basics of the Medicare programs, learn who is eligible, what is covered under the program, costs of participation and what resources are available to you or a loved one. Gain insight into the Medicare program and how to optimize your benefits. This is a free presentation, and information you can’t afford to miss. …

AARP Illinois Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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At AARP Illinois we celebrate diversity! We join with members of our state’s growing and thriving Hispanic/Latino community to celebrate their successes and share their vision. Starting today and for the next five weeks we will be posting videos recognizing and honoring leaders in our state’s Hispanic/Latino community. Elena Duran is a leader in the Little Village neighborhood. She’s been a community leader and business owner for almost 40 years. Watch and share her story, because we are Celebrando la …

JOIN AARP AND ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

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Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement Three Weeks Only! Join AARP Illinois at the Oriental Theatre and catch this limited three week engagement of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE before it sets sail for Broadway! ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” …

AARP Community Challenge

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AARP Illinois today announced that two Illinois communities have been chosen as part of the 89 winners of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Batavia Main Street and Go Green Wilmette. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We received a tremendous response to this program in Illinois as well …

Final Call to Nominate Those Making A Difference

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We know you’re out there, and this is the final chance to let us know! AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business teamed up to present our first 50@50+ Illinois. We want to commemorate Illinoisans 50+ for their accomplishments and contributions to their community. These nominees are trailblazers and role models for the next generation. They believe in making a difference. They don’t adhere to the norm that you have to be under forty to “live a little” and make a difference. …

We Have a Budget…Now What?

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Illinois finally has a budget after far too long without one. There were many consequences for the delay in pushing a balanced budget through. The prolonged crisis affected millions of Illinoisans – from college students and working families, to older residents and social service providers. Illinoisans of all backgrounds, angry over the lack of a balanced state budget, took action to demand results from the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly. Thank you for raising your voice and joining thousands …

Fighting Long-Term Effects of Concussion

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  by Dr. Smita Patel At a recent brain health event with the NorthShore Center for Brain Health and AARP of Illinois, a participant asked: I had a concussion as a high school football player.  Are there any recommendations to combat the long-term effects of concussion? Brain injuries, like concussions, have been shown to increase risk for various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It’s good to keep in mind that not all …

Illinois Issues Forum- State Budget: Past Due in Peoria

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  On Tuesday, July 20th, AARP Illinois along with WCBU: Peoria Public Radio and NPR Illinois will host an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Peoria, Illinois. The forum will be held at Peoria City Hall, located at 419 Fulton Street from 6pm-7:30pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. RSVP: https://aarp.cvent.com/pastduepeoria or call, toll-free, 1-877-926-8300 State Budget: Past Due Peoria event is the 4th of an 11 part series allowing Illinois residents who …

Program Threatens to Force Thousands into Nursing Homes

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Thousands of older Illinoisans prefer to stay in their own homes and communities, surrounded by their loved ones, friends, and neighbors, and receive the services they need in order to remain independent and age with dignity . This can all change very quickly – and for the worse – unless you help us by adding your voice. Governor Rauner has gone around the General Assembly to impose the so-called and untested Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), a senior care initiative that would …

Help Protect Your Home Phone and Safety

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AT&T pushed through the Illinois General Assembly a bill that would put an end to all landline telephone services without an alternative. This bill would abolish state required landline services to all households and eliminate low-cost calling plans. AARP Illinois joined with Illinois PIRG and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to try to protect consumers against deregulation. In the end, legislators sided with a multi-billion dollar profitable company, instead of protecting consumers or solving Illinois’ most pressing and important issue …