Communications Manager - AARP Illinois

Kristina Lazzara


<p>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.</p>

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Who We Are and What We Do

Publicada el 22/08/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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.

Volunteers Needed for Our Tax-Aide Program

Publicada el 17/08/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

Stem Cell Therapy: What You Need to Know

Publicada el 11/08/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

August Scams of the Month

Publicada el 10/08/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

AARP EnVisions Zero Traffic Crashes for Chicago

Publicada el 1/08/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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. Vision Zero Chicago is a newly implemented plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries, joining other cities across the nation with the ultimate goal of reaching zero by 2026. Vision Zero is enforcing the idea that traffic crashes are not to be …

Honoring Those Who Make A Difference

Publicada el 13/03/2017 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

It’s time for Illinoisans to say: ‘Enough is Enough!’

Publicada el 9/12/2016 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

Caregiving Month in Illinois: Many reasons to celebrate!

Publicada el 1/11/2016 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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 …

Inquiring Minds with Dr. Maraganore

Publicada el 12/07/2016 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

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. Q: I am 45 years old and want to know if there is a vitamin that could protect me from getting Alzheimer’s/dementia when I grow older? Agnes, Wauconda A: There is evidence that vitamin D deficiency is …

Take Charge of Your Arthritis

Publicada el 27/06/2016 por | AARP Blog Author Comments

The link between what you eat and how you feel is real, which is great news for people with arthritis. Research suggests that anti-inflammatory diets (low in sugars, carbohydrates and gluten and high in omega-3 fatty acids, olive oils and fiber) can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Besides a healthful boost, this type of diet almost always leads to some surprising and rapid weight loss, taking pressure off bones and joints. Don’t be intimidated by the mistaken idea that …