— The holidays are coming, and this could be a perfect time to learn how to capture special moments with a smartphone camera. AARP Illinois is offering a two-hour course on smartphone photography on Friday, Oct. 27, in Peoria. Participants will learn how to take and organize great pictures and safely share them with family and friends. The class begins at 10 a.m. at the Proctor Center Auditorium, 309 S. DuSable St. The event is free, but space is limited and …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Yazmine Carbajal, an industrial-design student, wants to help older people benefit from new technology. She recalled the frustrated attempts to assist her 75-year-old grandmother in using an iPad. Shaky hands made it hard for her to use the device’s small buttons, and she kept forgetting the order of multiple functions. “I thought, Huh, I don’t know how she uses this,” said Carbajal, 23, who attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This past summer, she was in …

— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …

— There are thousands of scammers praying on the most vulnerable of us. Some of these swindlers’ pitches seem too good to be true. In these cases, they are. AARP scoured the internet looking for the latest scams. We’ve put together some from the FTC and fraud-focused websites to help you be a fraud fighter! The IRS Impostors There’s a new twist to the IRS impostor scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— AARP is offering free, easy-to-use courses via its AARP TEK Academy, an online classroom designed to help 50-plus Americans get the most out of technology to connect with family and friends, explore employment opportunities, access health information, enjoy entertainment and more. AARP TEK stands for Technology Education and Knowledge and launched last year to empower the 50-plus audience to use technology to live their best lives. The TEK Academy is the latest offering as part of this program. While aimed …