— 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 …

— Thousands of older Illinoisans prefer to stay in their own homes and communities, surrounded by their loved ones, friends, and neighbors, and receive the services they need in order to remain independent and age with dignity . This can all change very quickly – and for the worse – unless you help us by adding your voice. Governor Rauner has gone around the General Assembly to impose the so-called and untested Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), a senior care initiative that would …

— AT&T pushed through the Illinois General Assembly a bill that would put an end to all landline telephone services without an alternative. This bill would abolish state required landline services to all households and eliminate low-cost calling plans. AARP Illinois joined with Illinois PIRG and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to try to protect consumers against deregulation. In the end, legislators sided with a multi-billion dollar profitable company, instead of protecting consumers or solving Illinois’ most pressing and important issue …

— Every year, thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured on our roadways. It’s a serious issue that needs to be addressed. For instance, 554 people were killed and 9,480 seriously injured in Chicago traffic crashes from 2010-2014. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation in just those four years death and serious injuries from these crashes increased 8 percent. This is why AARP Illinois has joined with City of Chicago officials and advocates to support Vision Zero, a nationwide …

— The Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner will now have to now work through June on a budget solution — with no certainty that they will pass by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The Speaker, Governor and members of the Illinois General Assembly continue, after two years and three legislative sessions, to put partisan politics and their upcoming re-election chances ahead of the well-being of Illinois and people who live here. AARP Illinois is urging everyone to …

— By Dr. Smita Patel Proton pump inhibitors or “PPIs” are a class of drugs that treat acid reflux and peptic ulcers. The three most commonly prescribed PPIs are omeprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. In recent years, some studies reported that PPIs increase risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. We hear patients asking questions about this issue, so I’d like to clarify what we currently know about this risk. A number of large-scale observational studies have found that people taking PPIs long-term …

— By Kelly Soderlund Gloria Clancy, who’s been driving for 54 years, said she “thought I knew everything about driving.” But after a friend mentioned some new concepts he had learned in the AARP Smart Driver course, Clancy was intrigued about what she didn’t know. She signed up for a two-day Smart Driver course last year at the Darien Park District Community Center and was amazed at what she learned. “I’m guessing most people know the rules of the road, but …

— 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 …