— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Illinois for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— During the winter months, the shorter days and colder weather limit our exposure to vitamin D. Unfortunately, this often leads to vitamin D deficiency which can affect our brain health. Vitamin D is produced when ultra violet sunlight makes contact with our skin. And studies have indicated that most of us, especially if we religiously use sunscreen in the summer months and live far from the equator, are likely deficient in vitamin D. This may be especially true if we …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli At her book club and among her church friends, Mary Patton senses anger over the way elected officials are handling the state’s budget crisis. About $130 billion in unfunded public pension obligations looms, and the state’s budget has a $1.2 billion deficit. Patton, 82, a former teacher and Peoria County circuit clerk, is a longtime AARP Illinois advocacy volunteer. “We have worked on many of these issues for more than 20 years,” she said. “We fight the …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12-3 p.m. CT Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such as: Age-Proof Your …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— Your time and talents can create meaningful change. Be a part of one of AARP’s volunteer teams in Peoria, Pekin, and East Peoria. Do you love to teach? Passionate about cooking? Are you the one who helps all your friends to figure out how to use their smartphones? Share your expertise or make new friends while helping AARP to host free movie screenings, painting classes and countless other opportunities that make a difference for the 50+ community. Join today by …

Beware of holiday scams!

— During the holiday season, AARP Illinois is reminding members how to protect themselves from fraud and scams. Beware of deals that are too good to be true. Type in a retailer’s website instead of clicking on an emailed link. Avoid public Wi-Fi for making purchases and always use a credit card rather than a debit card. Buy gift cards directly from the retail store instead of from open racks, where thieves can skim information. Ask the cashier to scan the …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #4 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Denmark recently reviewed a nationwide study to examine the relationship between pre-eclampsia (the onset of hypertension during pregnancy) and diagnosis of dementia later in life. Subjects included all women in Denmark with at least one pregnancy lasting …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #3 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Feeling ‘foggy’ after a sleepless night? There’s some science behind that. A large body of research links poor sleep and sleep issues (like apnea) to increased risk of Alzheimer’s, and it’s estimated that 15% of Alzheimer’s may be attributable …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #2 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study has found that experiencing major stress in childhood may increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Researchers from Finland recently analyzed data from an existing study – the population-based Kuopio Ischemic …