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— AARP Illinois on Tuesday, August 23rd held a “Brain Health and Wellness” seminar at the Matton Train Depot in Matton, Illinois The participants were given the latest  information on enhancing brain health, and tips on memory improvement and stress management. They discussed lifestyle impacts, exercises for one’s mind and new therapy approaches.   The goal was to Live Smart and Stay Smart at any age.

— AARP Illinois was proud to contribute to a Fox Illinois news story on Gov. Bruce Rauner recent passage of a law that would help Illinois Caregivers.   AARP supports this piece of legislation which provides much needed assistance to families across the state. AARP ON FOX ILLINOIS      

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— More than 15 years ago, when my colleagues and I wrote one of the first self-help books for people considering joint replacement, we decided we could summarize our advice in two words: STAY ACTIVE.  At the time, the advice was novel – most doctors were counseling patients against exercise or telling them to “take it easy” on their joints. We now know that exercise is the single most powerful prescription doctors have to treat arthritis pain. But exercise is much …

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— AARP IL Applauds Governor Rauner for Supporting Working Family Caregivers   SPRINGFIELD- Governor Rauner has signed into law a bill permitting employees to use up to six months of earned sick leave benefits for caregiving responsibilities.     AARP Illinois stands behind the Governor’s action to provide countless Illinois family caregivers with much needed relief and peace of mind as they struggle to balance the pressures of providing unpaid care for a loved one while meeting the demands of their …

— AARP Illinois is part of the Community and proud to have participated in the 2016 Fiesta Del Sol event. The family-friendly festival draws over 1 million visitors during the four day event, every year. Fiesta del Sol is the largest festival in the Midwest, bringing: live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games and much more. Fiesta del Sol is organized by over 200 volunteers, and 6 …

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— The Social Security and Women Summit luncheon was held yesterday at Chicago’s Union League Club. It was a joint venture between AARP and the National Committee designed to bring awareness to the importance of safeguarding Social security’s future by finding commonsense, non-partisan solutions to update the program.   Speakers included Romina Boccia – fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, Nancy LeaMond – AARPs Community, State & National Affairs Leader, Max Richtman – President and CEO of the National …

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— Battleground State Women Voters Want Action on Social Security, Candidate Positions as Crucial Program Has 81st Birthday Neither Candidate Has Majority of Women Voters   Chicago, IL— At a forum on Social Security today, AARP leaders released results of a new poll of likely battleground state women voters age 50 and over who believe candidates have not done enough to tell them about their Social Security plans and also believe that within several years, the next President needs to take …

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— Friends, Have you noticed the recent change in our understanding of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?  Not long ago it was widely understood that Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented or slowed; but this isn’t true, and today an altogether different story is unfolding.  This new story is more hopeful; and, it’s being written by the research activities and findings from health scientists around the globe.  We now know that at least half of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease can …