— We’re the AARP Illinois team based out of Chicago. We work hard to spread awareness and advocate for the 50+ population.   This summer we attended the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade to connect with and become a part of the LGBT community.

— 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 …

— 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 …

— I am often asked about ways to reduce the risk of developing certain neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The following are a few recent questions that have been posed online and through social media, along with my responses, so you, too, can understand the significance of healthy lifestyle choices and early testing to maintain brain health.   Q: Are there specific mental activities that you recommend to older adults who want to prevent brain disorders such …

— Every year AARP seeks  nominations for the annual Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors one volunteer who has shared their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. This year’s award goes to Robert Ehlert of Des Plaines, Illinois. Robert is the Director and founder of the Salvation Army Jobs Program (Des Plaines, IL Corp.) and spends his time helping individuals, especially military and special needs veterans, find work. Since the program started in 2008, …

— By Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that? The new AARP HomeFit Guide features lots of ways to make your home comfortable, safe and a great fit for people of all ages. Here are 10 simple solutions to get you started: 1. Clear exterior pathways of …

— By: Deborah Banda Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. For more information on the latest trends in tax identify theft, check out AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness …

— During the last three weeks I’ve truly lived up to the term “Road Warrior.” This week it’s Atlanta for a series of meetings and part of the AARP Life@50 event. If you haven’t had a chance to attend in the past  definitely mark your calendars for 2014 and  join us for one of these action-packed information-filled extravaganzas! Since 2002 I have attend most of these, and now that AARP has moved to two events a year, I am excited to see what …

—   As lawmakers wrangle with the state budget, AARP is urging them to preserve funding for home- and community-based services, which typically are less expensive than nursing home care. “The Community Care Program—which provides home care aides, adult day services and emergency home response systems—is the best way to keep residents living in their own homes and communities for as long as possible,” said David Vinkler, AARP associate state director for outreach. AARP is asking members across the state to …