Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

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

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, …

CPS Reading Intervention Program Recruiting Volunteers!

CPS Reading Intervention Program Recruiting Volunteers!

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Volunteering AARP Experience Corps has launched its award-winning program in Chicago for the 2013-2014 school year. AARP Experience Corps is a proven literacy intervention program made up of volunteers who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before finishing third grade. To get a bigger picture of Experience Corps, check out Facebook photos of our tutors in action: Post by AARP Experience Corps: Chicago. Are you passionate about children’s education and our schools? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in your neighborhood and …

Justice Centers Ease Legal Worries

Justice Centers Ease Legal Worries

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering Joseph Sjostrom Paula Dianne Butler, 61, is a retired Chicago teaching assistant with no legal background, so she knew that a day in court would be full of surprises. She just wasn’t expecting them to be pleasant. A visit to the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center, however, turned her day in court from a fearful experience to a positive one. The center, which opened in September, was expressly designed to enhance access to the court for older …

The Shift in Degrees

The Shift in Degrees

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Volunteering As I sit at my desk in the dead of winter, I can’t help but be very proud of myself, my colleagues, and AARP Experience Corps. When I woke up on December 12th, thermometers in Chicago read zero degrees. I turned on the WGN Morning news, something I do every day, and was alarmed by the wind chill factors that read negative ten or lower for all of Chicago, with temperatures in some parts dipping toward negative 20. But then …

AARP Experience Corps December VIS

AARP Experience Corps December VIS

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Volunteering  The following is a guest post from AARP Experience Corps staff member Jake Cashman. Create a Better Life for a Child One Word at a Time. AARP Experience Corps has launched its award-winning program in Chicago for the 2013-2014 school year. AARP Experience Corps is a proven program of volunteers who are dedicated to helping children become proficient readers before fourth grade. Experience Corps tutors work collaboratively with teachers and other volunteers to impact the lives of students in grades K-3rd. Our goals are to …

A Sympathetic Ear and Resource Guide for Caregivers

A Sympathetic Ear and Resource Guide for Caregivers

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Kelly Soderlund Ruth Glispie’s day is consumed with caring for her husband, whose legs have limited mobility after two strokes. She can’t remember the last time she read a book or went to lunch with a friend. Although her adult children sometimes lend a hand, and an aide comes daily to help out, the Chicago resident doesn’t have anything close to the kind of companionship she shared with her husband before his strokes. “It’s very lonely,” said Glispie, 82. …