— 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 …

— AARP Chicago along with Donda’s House was proud to present a screening of the film “Olympic Pride: American Prejudice” at the Benito Juárez Community Academy Performing Arts Center in Pilsen. “Olympic Pride: American Prejudice” explores the experiences of 18 African-American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics and participating …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. CT Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 24, 2017 at 6 p.m. CT, …

— United States Senator Dick Durbin invited AARP Illinois to stand beside him in a press conference today to discuss the American Healthcare Act. Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, conveyed AARP’s opposition to the American Health Care Act.  The press conference allowed AARP to express their serious concerns about the impact this legislation will have on older Americans and their families. AARP is troubled that the American Health Care Act will weaken the fiscal sustainability of Medicare and would open the …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 6 p.m. CT Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— Women may face yet another disadvantage when it comes to early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. One in five women will get Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.  For men, it’s one in ten.  Understanding this difference in gender and Alzheimer’s disease is the subject of much research and debate.  Some theories include the loss of protective estrogen after menopause and the simple fact that women, in general, live longer. A recent study out of the University of Illinois Center for Research …

— AARP Illinois State President Rosanna Marquez was on TV very early yesterday, for the Eyewitness Sunday Morning News Show on ABC affiliate WLS-TV Channel 7, discussing our #ProtectMedicare campaign, talking about our priorities and the impact on millions of Illinoisans if things like vouchers ever came into fruition. Watch link below and see what AARP Illinois is doing to fight for our members. AARP Fights for Medicare for Protection    

— I recently had a patient who came in for complaints of chest discomfort possibly related to acid reflux. Independently, she was also due for her 10-year routine colonoscopy, but her schedule was jam-packed and included a trip abroad. The last thing she wanted was to add a colonoscopy to her calendar. Plus, she had no other symptoms and no family history of colon cancer. Despite the time crunch, I encouraged her to schedule an endoscopy to address the cause of …

— Fun new way for Illinoisans to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you in …