— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

— Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of …

— Wednesday, May 17th, AARP Illinois along with Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois hosted an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Champaign, Illinois.  The 2nd of an 11 part series allows Illinois residents who have been directly impacted to discuss the burden the lack of a balanced budget has placed on their community. The forum held at the iHotel and Conference Center included AARP State President Rosanna Marquez; former Illinois governor Jim …

— One question we often hear from patients is related to genetic testing for “the Alzheimer’s gene.” I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little about genes, genetic testing and Alzheimer’s. There are a handful of known mutated genes that can be passed from parent to child that cause early onset, “dominantly inherited” Alzheimer’s disease. People may wonder if this gene runs in their family, and wonder if they should be genetically tested for it. But, the families who …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— AARP Illinois is offering a Life Reimagined workshop at the Rochester Public Library on Tuesday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program helps people explore possibilities and pursue changes in their work, relationships and well-being. The workshops are usually offered in large cities, but this month residents of rural communities around Rochester can benefit from the program’s insightful activities and thoughtful conversations. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to aarp.cvent.com/liferrochester. To request a …

— Thursday, April 27th, Approximately 150 Illinois attended the first AARP Illinois-NPR Illinois town hall on the state budget forum entitled: State Budget: Past Due.  This event held at the Wyndham: Springfield Center is a key component of our Enough is Enough campaign. With nearly $10 billion in deficit and $14 billion in unpaid bills, millions of Illinoisans of all ages have lost critical services and all Illinoisans now face burdens as the crisis worsens. Illinois needs a comprehensive budget solution …

— AARP Illinois Enough is Enough advocacy campaign is in full swing, and on Thursday, April 27th, we will host along with NPR Illinois our first Town Hall Forum – in Springfield.  Our mission is to put pressure on elected officials to come up with plans that once and for all fix Illinois’ prolonged fiscal crisis. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo was interviewed today by Sean Crawford, News Director for NPR Illinois and the interview is being played across the entire NPR …

— As an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, one of the questions I get asked the most is, “Should I use heat or ice to treat an injury?” With the warm weather drawing bicyclists, runners and walkers outdoors, now is a good time to set the record straight. Understanding how heat and ice works on the body may serve as a useful guide as to which to use. Ice is a potent vasoconstrictor. This means the blood vessels shrink in …

— It’s that time of year…have YOU signed up to Bike the Drive for 2017?!  AARP Illinois is a major sponsor of this year’s MB Bike the Drive and we want members, friends, and family of all ages to join us in downtown Chicago Sunday, May 28, 2017! Riders can start as early as 5:30 a.m. – race organizers encourage everyone to start by 7:00 a.m. if you want to complete the whole 30 miles!! But you can do as little …

— Enough is Enough! Illinois needs long term budgetary and fiscal solutions that work for everybody and your State Representative needs to be accountable to you on what his/her solution is for a balanced budget and to pay the state’s overdue bills. Sign AARP Illinois on-line petition action.aarp.org/EnoughisEnough or call our toll free hotline at 844-226-1190 and make your voice heard. Have you or your loved ones lost services you need because the Legislature and the Governor cannot agree on a balanced …