— 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 …

—  AARP Provides Quick Steps to Stay Warm, Encourages Residents to Check In on Elderly Friends and Neighbors  CHICAGO– With a new, extreme round of cold weather upon us this week, it’s critical to wear layers, stay warm, protect yourself against falls and injuries, and check in on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be at particular risk of cold-related health problems. Simple, quick steps can help you and others stay warm and safe in the current, life-threatening freeze. “Here …

— Saturday, November 19th, AARP was proud to support the 2016 Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)  at a dinner held at Furama Restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown area.  Executive Council Member, Nancy Chen and AARP’s Manager of Advocacy and Outreach Ryan Gruenenfelder, represented AARP as it received the “Sponsorship Appreciation Award” for supporting MAHA and the thousands of individuals they served in 2016.    

— Saturday, October 22nd, AARP Illinois was proud to be a partner of an original play entitled: Never Too Late: A Glimpse Into The Life and Legacy of Ethel Percy Andrus at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.   This unique production told the story of Ethel Percy Andrus, the founder of AARP, who spent much of her early life in Chicago, worked at Hull House, and later moved to California where she worked in the public schools both as a teacher …

— AARP Chicago was spotlighted on WCIU’s “You and Me In The Morning” were AARP State Director Bob Gallo and AARP Chicago Experience Corps Branch Director discussed the work that Experience Corps is doing in Chicago and the difference it is making in the lives of children, volunteers, schools, and neighborhoods, and how that work connects with the work that AARP is doing in the city listening to the issues that matter to the 50 plus population. For More Information contact …

—     Please join AARP Experience Corps on Thursday, October 6th for a Volunteer Recruitment  event held at Chicago Public Library’s King Branch located at 3436 S. King Dr. at 1pm.     Learn what one can do to make a lasting difference in the life of a child and help improve reading scores for Chicago Public School student. For more information call 312-660-8655 or email at www.aarp.org/ecchicago  

— 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 …

— 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 …