Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

Medicare Expands Coverage for Cardiac Rehab

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

Health & Wellbeing | Illinois 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?

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

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

Illinois 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 …

Look…He’s So Cute…And FREE!!

Look…He’s So Cute…And FREE!!

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

Illinois | Money & Work Welcome back to “Oh NO You Don’t” – our bi-weekly fraud blog post by yours truly, Terri Worman, Associate State Director here at AARP Illinois. FINALLY the weather is feeling more like spring…warmer breezes and sunshine! People are taking those first walks outdoors in neighborhoods and parks all across the country. And inevitably you see perfect strangers exchanging grins and “can I pet ‘em?” questions as they stoop to pet the cutest puppy you ever saw!! Well, sorry to have …

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

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

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

Health & Wellbeing | Illinois 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 …

AARP Illinois Endorses  Independent Maps Campaign!

AARP Illinois Endorses Independent Maps Campaign!

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois Hello blog readers, we’ve got an important announcement! We’ve officially endorsed an independent, non-partisan redistricting effort in order give voters back their say…. With Illinois being the worst state in the nation regarding trust in government according to a recent Gallup poll, (and really who can blame us?!) it is urgent that voters get their voice back in a system that has been broken by gerrymandering and that no longer holds elected officials accountable to their constituents. This is a …

Caring for Sarah – Dealing with Alzheimer’s (Part I)

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois Today I will not talk about my mom, Sarah. A close friend of mine has shared with me the story of her mom. Both shall remain anonymous. My friend – I will only identify her as C. – is a caregiver along with her siblings for their mom who lives in the St. Louis, MO, area. C’s Mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with sharp short-term memory loss. C. talked to me about her two most pressing issues: …