Chicago Resident Suffering from Alzheimer’s Missing Since Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on 06/19/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community Serie McDougal, Jr., went missing from his South Shore home on May 25, 2015. Mr. McDougal suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and his family has been working diligently to locate him and bring him back home. Fliers have been distributed in his neighborhood and surrounding communities, emails have been sent, a Facebook page created, and prayer vigils held. McDougal’s family have contacted the local police, media outlets, the Alzheimer’s Association, Alderman Leslie Hairston, and Senator Kwame Raoul in efforts to find their missing family …

Exclusive Discounts Offered to AARP Illinois Members For Chicago Broadway Musical, “ON YOUR FEET!”

Posted on 06/3/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events AARP Illinois and Broadway in Chicago have teamed together to provide members with exclusive discounts to select dates for the new to Broadway musical, ON YOUR FEET! ON YOUR FEET! details the life and success of Emilio and Gloria Estefan—who have won 26 Grammys and moved millions—and features some of their most iconic songs from the past quarter century. Hits like “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t Want to Lose You Now,” “1-2-3,” “Coming Out …

Medicaid at 50: Budget Cuts Threaten Services

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Jackie Spinner As her sight gradually deteriorated, Sandra Newbolds had to get down on her hands and knees to clean her apartment in southern Illinois. But her biggest problem was trying to cook, said Newbolds, 61, who has congenital glaucoma. After she almost caught her shirtsleeve on fire, she turned off the circuit breaker to the stove and started to eat only TV dinners, cooked in the microwave, doing so for almost a year. “They aren’t very good for …

10 Simple Ways to Make Your Home “HomeFit”

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Uncategorized By Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that? The new AARP HomeFit Guide features lots of ways to make your home comfortable, safe and a great fit for people of all ages. Here are 10 simple solutions to get you started: 1. Clear exterior pathways of …

Consider Safety First: Renting a Car on Vacation

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Community By AARP Driver Safety Vacations are typically spent traveling to a new destination, one in which you don’t have experience driving or in which you don’t have familiarity with state laws. Even more importantly, you’re driving a car that is not your own. When renting a car while on vacation, your first thought might concern how many passengers you will have or if you will share the driving with someone else. Then, you might take into account the refueling options …

Raise Gas Tax for Roads, Mass Transit

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Illinois has joined the nonprofit, nonpartisan Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) in a campaign to foster public discussion about the need to increase funding for transportation infrastructure. The Accelerate Illinois campaign proposes to raise the state motor fuel tax and index it to inflation. Currently set at 19 cents per gallon downstate and 30 cents per gallon in Chicago and Cook County, the gas sales tax has not increased since 1991, and its value has plummeted because of inflation. Moreover, …