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, …

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

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

Illinois | Volunteering 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. …

Get Tech-Savvy at Free Classes

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Illinois | Local Resources AARP Illinois has teamed up with Microsoft Corp. to offer free computer classes for AARP members. Held at the Microsoft store in Oak Brook, the two-hour classes provide a basic introduction to various programs. Topics include Windows 8.1, PC and online safety, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and photography. Microsoft supplies classroom computers, but participants are welcome to bring in their laptops. “This is a great opportunity for members to update their computer skills—whether to brush up a résumé, put their household …