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: …

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 …

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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, …