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—   AARP Chicago is hosting a free fraud awareness and shredding event open to the public where people from the community, particularly the Chicago South Side, can securely destroy confidential documents and records. AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their name in the past year. According to the Justice Department, 16.6 million adults were victims of ID theft in 2012. To avoid becoming one of …

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— AARP Illinois was a proud supporter of the Better Government Association (BGA) 2016 Springfield Luncheon entitled Election 2016: Candidates, Chaos, and Consequences. The Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Doubletree by Hilton located at 701 East Adams in Springfield.  The event  featured Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, Chris Kennedy, former University of Illinois Chair and Special Guest: Springfield native Natalie Bomke, FOX 32 Chicago.   “AARP Illinois fight for issue that matters and are important to our members and …

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— Hempstead, NY — “Americans who are working hard and paying into Social Security were the real losers at tonight’s debate,” AARP Senior Vice President, Campaigns, John Hishta said. “In this issueless campaign, the debate was the best chance for voters to get real answers on how the presidential candidates would keep Social Security strong for future generations.  If our leaders don’t commit to act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 per year. “The failure of Mr. Holt to ask …

— You can’t be our leader if you don’t lead. Our next president needs to take action on Social Security, or future generations could lose up to $10,000 a year. The AARP National Office produced this video the highlight the need keep Social Security strong. TAKE A STAND:  DO YOUR JOB        

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— Patients often ask me about supplements and it’s easy to understand why. Just about every supermarket has an aisle of “natural” cures that claim to decrease arthritis pain. The question is: Do any of them work? People like the idea of organic supplements because they are usually made from naturally occurring nutrients instead of something synthetic made in a lab. However, supplements can be marketed and sold without undergoing the same vigorous scrutiny that FDA-approved medications are subjected to. That …

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— It’s that time of year when kids go back to school, summer vacations end and projects at work begin with renewed vigor.  And, it’s a great time to talk about learning, education and the brain!   Maybe you have heard of the term “cognitive reserve”.  This refers to the brain’s capacity to out-pace Alzheimer’s-related pathology for an extended period of time, thus maintaining cognitive function despite the presence of disease.  Building a cognitive reserve is a strategy at our disposal …

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— Tuesday, September 13th, AARP Chicago held a standing room only Fall Volunteer Recruitment Session at the Chicago Public Library’s Martin Luther King Branch located at 3436 South King Drive. Participants were educated about AARP’s History, Impact in the Community, and how one can contribute to our worthwhile organization. The event included a ‘Speed dating’ segment where various divisions such as Fraud Watch Network, Drivers Safety, Advocacy , and other departments conveyed the features, advantages, and benefits of AARP.   Thank …

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— For the past 12 years AARP has diverted from its routine business to conduct a service project in various communities across the United States as a way of demonstrating their support and concern for Americans touched by the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. What began as an immediate reaction to a horrific event in one community has become an annual tribute to all American communities. Nationally, AARP now designates September 11th as its NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE and …

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— By Lisa Bertagnoli On Nov. 8 voters face a choice for the U.S. Senate: incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, or Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who represents a suburban Chicago district. For AARP, a top priority in the race is the candidates’ stance on Social Security. Beginning in 2034, the program will begin paying out more than it takes in. If no action is taken, it will be able to pay only about 75 percent of promised benefits. Social Security …

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— Both chambers of the General Assembly have passed a bill that would allow workers who are also family caregivers to use up to six months of accrued sick leave annually to care for their loved ones. AARP Illinois supports the bill and is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) to sign it into law. About 1.6 million Illinoisans are family caregivers, and about 60 percent of caregivers nationwide also work outside the home. Among Illinois workers, 56 percent have some paid …