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

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

Health & Wellbeing | 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 …

Much at Stake in Race for Governor

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Illinois By Lisa Bertagnoli In Illinois, money matters. The state’s race for governor, a choice between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, 65, and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, 58, “is not as much about general ideology as it is about the fiscal condition of the state,” said AARP Illinois state director Bob Gallo. Gallo noted that Illinois lacks $100 billion needed to fund its pension obligations to public workers. Quinn’s pension reform bill, which he signed at the end of 2013, was challenged …

Caring for Sarah: Caregiving Is The Next Big Thing (And I am Not Exaggerating!)

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois Caregiving is a social and health care issue that has slowly emerged in the public sphere as the Baby Boomer generation has been getting older, and older individuals have increasingly expressed a preference to stay in their own homes and communities, close to family and friends, rather than in costly institutions. It is not anecdotal. Speaking only from the vantage point of my home state, Illinois, I can say this: 3 in 4 Illinoisans ages 50 and older prefer to …

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation To Address Disparities In Long Term Care

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois AARP Commends Governor & General Assembly for Taking Action Thousands of Illinois seniors who receive care in their own homes or in institutions received good news today as Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 2773. The legislation establishes a task force with the sole purpose of identifying and addressing disparities across the spectrum of services that older adults rely on when they receive care at home or in institutions. AARP strongly supported the legislation which is largely a result …

Want To Learn More About Technology? AARP Now Offering Free Classes!

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Events | Illinois Hello there blog readers! It’s been a busy year for AARP Illinois as we’ve jumped into the “tech space”. For a long time our members have told us that they want to stay connected, they want to stay current in the job market, and they want to keep learning about technology.  Ask and you shall receive!   AARP-Microsoft Classes First for those of you who are interested in learning more about Windows we’ve partnered with the Microsoft stores in Oak …

Caring for Sarah: Extraordinary adventures in caregiving

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois Anybody who provides care for a loved one knows there are tough times – times when you may have to make gut-wrenching decisions. Or times when you have to make deep, radical changes in your own life in order to help and care for those you love. But there are also – surprisingly and thankfully – times when you share a laugh or create a memory with the person you care for. One such time happened to me and Sarah, …