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Heather Heppner


Associate State Director for Communications with AARP Illinois. Follow me on Twitter @AARP_Hheppner

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AARP Illinois Honors Chicagoan With Highest Volunteer Award

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Chicago resident Kathy Schubert was recognized by AARP Illinois with the state’s highest volunteer honor, the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service.  The award was presented to Schubert at a luncheon held in her honor at the American Red Cross in Chicago.  AARP also presented a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Schubert’s behalf. “AARP has long valued the spirit of service embraced by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,” said Bob …

What You Really Need to Know About Joining “Club Medicare”

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

If you’re approaching 65, you’ve probably started looking into Medicare coverage.  And if you’ve started looking into Medicare coverage, you’ve probably found yourself a bit stressed over all of the policies, forms, options and acronyms.  We’re here to try to simplify things a bit.  We’ve boiled Medicare down to 5 things that you REALLY need to know.  Granted, there is much more to know about Medicare, but rather than spending countless hours at your computer staring at websites until your …

Join AARP to Support Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers in Oak Lawn

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Looking for a way to give back?  AARP volunteers from the Oak Lawn area will be accepting donations to benefit Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers – a private effort to provide care packages to soldiers oversees.  Since 2003, Mrs. Jacky, an Oak Lawn resident, has been sending care packages on a weekly basis to area residents stationed in Afghanistan.  You can help by making a donation at our community event on September 11th! What: Oak Lawn Day of Service Project Benefiting Mrs. …

Fun Brain Facts!

Posted on 04/29/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

For those of you who follow AARP Illinois on Facebook, you may have noticed our “Train Your Brain” posts on Fridays.  They are some of our most popular posts.  People just seem to love brain games!  So I thought I would dedicate this week’s health care post to a few fun brain facts, compliments of our friends at BrainHQ.  Kudos to author MacLean Fitzgerald for providing these facts!   1. Your brain is only 2% of your body’s mass, but …

Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers – it’s time for your weekly health care post!  This week’s edition features some important new information for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from heart failure.  Kudos to Candy Sagon for publishing the original post about this topic on the AARP blog. In February 2014, after years of deliberation, Medicare decided that it will cover costs associated with rehab for patients with stable, but chronic heart failure. So, what is heart failure?  It’s a chronic condition in which the …

What’s Up Springfield? Ever Heard of the Social Security Unemployment Offset?

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers! In this week’s edition of “What’s Up Springfield?“, we’re shedding a little light on a topic that you may not be too familiar with.  That is, unless you’re an older worker who collects Social Security and got laid off from your job.  Allow me to explain…. Illinois is the only state in the nation that has not taken action to repeal a discriminatory law that unfairly penalizes older workers by reducing their unemployment benefits simply because they …