— AARP Illinois pays tribute to Latino culture’s rich legacy, history and contributions in our country and our communities.  The histories of Latino and Latinas in America and especially Chicago are diverse. The places explored  barely begin to hint at the varied ways their lives intersected with one another. Discover these remarkable stories. Listen to Juan’s story  

— AARP Illinois brings its members a variety of resources and information on issues that impact your life. Do you have questions or concerns about Medicare? Learn the basics of the Medicare programs, learn who is eligible, what is covered under the program, costs of participation and what resources are available to you or a loved one. Gain insight into the Medicare program and how to optimize your benefits. This is a free presentation, and information you can’t afford to miss. …

— AARP Illinois today announced that two Illinois communities have been chosen as part of the 89 winners of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Batavia Main Street and Go Green Wilmette. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We received a tremendous response to this program in Illinois as well …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— AARP Illinois is offering a Life Reimagined workshop at the Rochester Public Library on Tuesday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program helps people explore possibilities and pursue changes in their work, relationships and well-being. The workshops are usually offered in large cities, but this month residents of rural communities around Rochester can benefit from the program’s insightful activities and thoughtful conversations. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to aarp.cvent.com/liferrochester. To request a …

— Dear Readers, We recently partnered with AARP Illinois to organize an event for members to learn about dementia prevention and brain health. The program was a big success.  And, we’d like to give a big thanks to the AARP and its members who attended. We have gathered the questions from audience members and over the next few months would like to take the opportunity to answer them here in this blog. Question: What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? …

— 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.