TEK Course Solves Tablet Mysteries

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois By Lorna Collier Bonnie Schultz grinned in delight. The 71-year-old retired nurse from Caledonia had just mastered the art of the selfie, taking a photo of herself using the front-facing camera on an Android tablet. It’s one of many skills Schultz picked up during a free AARP workshop in Rockford aimed at helping older adults learn more about technology. “I’m here because my smartphone is showing me how stupid I am—and I need help,” Schultz said with a laugh. Schultz …

El curso TEK resuelve los misterios de las tabletas

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Español | Home & Family | Illinois Por Lorna Collier Bonnie Schultz sonrió complacida. Esta enfermera jubilada de 71 años, proveniente de Caledonia, acababa de dominar el arte de la selfi, el acto de tomarse un autoretrato, con la cámara frontal de una tableta Android. Es una de las muchas habilidades que Schultz adquirió durante un taller gratuito de AARP en Rockford, orientado a que los adultos mayores aprendan más sobre tecnología. “Estoy aquí porque mi teléfono inteligente me está demostrando cuán tonta puedo llegar a ser… …

AARP Experience Corps Chicago receives NBC 5 21st Century Solutions Grant

Posted on 12/16/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Volunteering We are so excited to announce that AARP Experience Corps has received one of three Chicago-area grants from Chicago’s NBC 5 and will be honored with a $25,000 award at NBC studios this Wednesday! AARP Experience Corps provides in-school tutoring to children in kindergarten through third grade utilizing highly trained volunteers age 50 and older.  The tutors work with Chicago school teachers to identify and coach children at risk of falling behind because they are not reading at grade level.  …

Fight Looms Over ‘Secure Choice’ Plan

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois | Money & Work Story updated Dec. 4, 2014 On Wednesday Dec. 3, the Illinois General Assembly passed the state’s Secure Choice (Work & Save) Retirement Savings bill. The bill is now on its way to be signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, D, who supports the measure. Illinois’ Secure Choice will be the first state law in the country which implements a work and save program. AARP Illinois, the AARP national office and local AARP volunteers strongly advocated for passage of the bill in …

La amenaza del hambre acecha a muchos

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Bernardo y Fabiola Hernández preparan la cena en su apartamento de Miami Beach. — Foto: Josh Prezant. Bernardo y Fabiola Hernández acudieron a Unidad de Miami Beach, una organización de servicio comunitaria, buscando ayuda. Fabiola, de 70 años, llevaba una carpeta de documentos que demostraban que ella y su marido reciben solamente $51 por mes en cupones para alimentos. Una hoja impresa listaba los beneficios mensuales del Seguro Social combinados de ambos, de apenas $1,317. Pero la evidencia más determinante de su …

Keep Up With Events, Classes, Discounts

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Illinois | Volunteering AARP Illinois beckons members throughout the state to discover the fun side of AARP. The AARP state office has become increasingly active in local communities by sponsoring social events, educational opportunities and discount admission to attractions that appeal to members and their families. AARP staff and volunteers are passionate about helping members live their best lives. “If you don’t think food drives, fishing days, movie nights, Facebook contests, computer classes, museum discounts and fun when you think AARP Illinois—think again,” …