Take Full Advantage of Money Smart Week Illinois!

Take Full Advantage of Money Smart Week Illinois!

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Illinois | Money & Work Hello there blog denizens! Just a heads up that it’s almost time for Money Smart Week, and there are a lot of sessions worth checking out this year.  First, learn what “Money Smart Week” is all about by checking out this quick and somewhat epic video….   Second, let us tell you about the sessions that we’re a part of this year….   Seminar #1 and #2 – Peoria  “Reverse Mortgages: What are they?” 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. “Frauds & Scams: Keeping Yourself …

Life@50+ – The Stars Come Out in Boston

Life@50+ – The Stars Come Out in Boston

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Events | Illinois What do the following people have in common? Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Leno; Laura Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush; The Moody Blues*; Linda Ronstadt; HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins stars Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri… They’re all coming to Life@50+ this May 8-10 in Boston! And with more than 50 planned lifestyle and learning sessions, nightly entertainment and a jam-packed exhibit floor, we really do have something for everyone! Life@50+ strives to create an experience that reflects the personality of today’s AARP …

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Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Illinois | Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Illinois | Volunteering By Kelly Soderlund Cars have changed a lot since Ken Murphy was driving a 1936 Ford at the age of 16. The 84-year-old Itasca resident now drives a 2013 Acura TL. It would be an understatement to say the newer vehicle is different in many ways from that Ford. And Murphy is a different driver than he was at 16. Murphy and his wife, Jeanne, 83, signed up for the new AARP Smart Driver Course to lower their insurance premiums, …

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

Are You Making a Medicare Mistake?

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

Health & Wellbeing | Illinois 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 …