— 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 …

— Chicago, IL. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure …

— Illinois State Director Bob Gallo spoke with Illinois News Network providing insight into the proposed new tax on retirement income. See below for link and text of an interview Illinois News Network Link ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK TEXT A Chicago-based nonprofit says raising the state’s income tax and taxing retirement income will fix Illinois’ budget mess. The nation’s largest advocacy group for retirees disagrees. The Civic Federation released a series of suggestions Friday that they say the state could use to …

— AARP Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Illinois News Connection speaking about the concerns that AARP has around ideas like Medicare vouchers. Link and full story below: AARP Illinois On Illinois News Connection   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A campaign has been launched in Illinois to save Medicare. AARP is trying to rally state residents to write or call members of Congress to save the program that affects millions of people. AARP State Director Bob Gallo says a new …

— In our quest to understand and improve brain health, the old adage remains true: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Managing high cholesterol is a smart thing to do to take care of your heart; but it also may be important for brain health.  The relationship between high cholesterol and risk of dementia has been relatively unclear, but a recent study sheds new light. Researchers from Australia examined 34 research studies on high cholesterol and risk …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— CHICAGO — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Illinoisans who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore that this proposal would put …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 6 p.m. CT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

— CHICAGO– Beginning today through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, …

— For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. The impact of this impasse has been felt across the state: from college students to working families and from older residents to social service providers – every population group has been affected by increasingly depleted services. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Chicago TV station: WCIU-“You & Me This Morning” raising significant awareness about AARP Illinois ‘Enough …