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Heather Heppner


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

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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 …

Shocking Stat: Over 200 Americans Die from Hospital Infections Every Day

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Hi blog readers! It’s Heather back with your weekly health care post.  The CDC has come out with a new report on hospital infections that serves as a good reminder to all of us about disease prevention.  Wash those hands people! You’re sick, so you go to the hospital to get better, right?  That should be the case, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 1 out of every 25 hospital patients got an …

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

10,000 people sign up for Medicare each day – there’s bound to be a few mistakes made.  Check out the top 10 Medicare mistakes – and how you can avoid them. 1.  Assuming you don’t “qualify” if you haven’t worked long enough: Earning 40 credits through paying payroll taxes at work – about 10 years’ work – ensures that you won’t have to pay premiums for Part A services (mainly hospital insurance) when you join Medicare. But you don’t need …