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Heather Heppner

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

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Join AARP for a Health & Safety Fair in Carmi!

Posted on 04/1/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

AARP Illinois is passionate about helping the 50+ connect with new and Real Possibilities to live life to the fullest.  That’s why we’re working all across Illinois to make life better for you and your family.  Come get to know us at the Phoenix Rehab and Nursing Care Center Health & Safety Fair and see how we’re making a difference in our community Speakers at the event will include representatives from the Carmi Fire and Police Departments, and AARP.  Free …

AARP Pushes for Passage of CARE Act in Illinois

Posted on 02/23/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

Being a family caregiver is a major responsibility – a responsibility that over 2.4 million Illinoisans have unselfishly taken on to help ensure that their loved ones can live independently at home and avoid costly institutional settings.  AARP Illinois is advocating for the passage of a state law that will help give these family caregivers the resources and training they need to be able to continue to care for their loved ones following a hospital stay. The CARE Act (Caregiver …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indispensable

Posted on 02/16/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

“Is it time to celebrate Selma, Alabama – and the triumph of the Voting Rights Act? Or is it time to mourn Shelby, Alabama – and the radical backlash against voting rights?”

Those are the questions raised by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. as he declares the need for America to understand that “the struggle for equal rights must go on.”

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/16/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”, often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

Carter Woodson: The Father of Black History

Posted on 02/10/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

He was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University of Chicago, Sorbonne …

AARP Illinois Financial Security Forums – November

Posted on 10/23/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

You work hard and you deserve a secure financial future. In today’s economic climate, you know you can’t count on Social Security alone to have the retirement you want.  After decades of hard work, you want financial independence and security to enjoy your future.  AARP is working to help you plan by providing free, unbiased information so that you can make smart financial decisions. That’s also why AARP is advocating for Senate Bill 2758 – the Illinois Secure Choice Savings …

AARP Illinois Honors Chicagoan With Highest Volunteer Award

Posted on 10/8/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

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 <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

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 <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

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 <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/hheppner/" title="Posts by Heather Heppner" rel="author">Heather Heppner</a> | AARP Illinois |

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 …