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, …

Learn the Tools Needed To Avoid Identity Theft, Investment Fraud, and More At Chicago’s Money Smart Week

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Finances 50+ | Fraud In efforts to provide consumers with the information they need to make smart investments and better manage personal finances, National Futures Association and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is giving a seminar during Chicago’s Money Smart Week. The seminar, “Avoiding Fraud is Your Best Money Strategy,” will include a presentation by AARP providing attendees with tips to recognize warning signs and ways to fight against identity theft and investment fraud. With someone’s identity being stolen every two seconds in the United …

Save Community Care Tools and Resources

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Community Care Program will leave thousands of older Illinoisans without the care they need to age independently and with dignity in their own homes. Fully funding the CCP program is a fiscally responsible budget plan that will save the state millions in unneeded Medicaid nursing home costs. It’s going to take a Herculean effort to save the program and that’s why we’ve put together this toolbox that you can utilize as you join with …