Gerardo Cardenas

Gerardo joined AARP in 2008 and is responsible for developing and implementing the State Office’s internal and external communications strategies, as well as its relations with Illinois media outlets. From 2004 through 2007, he was the Chicago Press Secretary for the Governor of Illinois. Gerardo worked as a journalist for newspapers, wire services, radio and television for over 20 years in Mexico, the United States and Europe before settling in Chicago in 1998, where he helped found Hoy – Chicago’s only Spanish-language daily newspaper. He was Hoy’s assignment editor until 2004. Originally from Mexico, he holds a B.A. in Journalism from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a Masters in Public Policy from National-Louis University.
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As we all know, 2018 is a critical year for Illinoisans and all Americans. A lot is at stake in this year’s elections and we want to make sure Illinoisans, and especially those ages 50 and older, have essential information at their disposal in order to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
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We're the AARP Illinois team based out of Chicago. We work hard to spread awareness and advocate for the 50+ population.
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season.
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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.
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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!
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On June 12, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to work alongside the Chicago Department of Transportation and other leading organizations to prevent and eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries citywide by 2026. This initiative is Vision Zero Chicago.
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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.
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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.
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We received such positive feedback from last month’s blog post, so I’m sharing a few additional questions I’ve recently received from patients and their families. Should you have a question of your own, please comment below so others can benefit from the discussion.
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