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 …

Caring for Sarah: The Picture In Illinois

Posted on 06/27/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family | Illinois It’s been a quiet start of the summer for Sarah, my mom. She’s getting used to the new wheelchair we got her for the times when she goes out of the house to doctors’ appointments, church or social occasions. The weather is warm, which means her tired bones don’t hurt as much. She loves summer. During the peaceful summer days my mom loves to go her favorite chair in the living room, where it’s cooler, and read, take a nap, or …

AARP Ragnar Runs on Real Possibilities

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Events It’s 4am on Friday, June 6th. I’m in a hotel room in Madison, Wisconsin, preparing to hit the road for 196.1 miles of running back to Chicago. I will split that distance with 30 or so of my best AARP friends. This is part of race series called “Ragnar Relays“. By my count, we have people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, South Dakota, Texas, The District of Columbia, West Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, Kansas, and who knows where else. We’ve …

Caring for Sarah: Adapting and Rebuilding

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Illinois One thing I’ve learned about caring for my mom is how much you change as a caregiver. I am not the same person who started taking care of her in a more intentional, specific way, almost two years ago. My perspective of aging and my view of my own mother have changed – and my perspective of myself has changed as well. Sometimes I feel like I’m always adapting to her. Kind of like when I was growing up, but …

Plan to Tax Retirement Income Sparks Debate

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Illinois | Money & Work By Kelly Soderlund In a proposal to dramatically change how Illinois collects taxes, a Chicago think tank has recommended that the state tax all forms of federally taxable retirement income. If enacted, that would alleviate much of the state’s budget crisis, but also leave nearly 1.5 million retirees with less money in their pockets. The Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization, released a report in March outlining its proposal for how to make up for the state’s $5.4 billion …