— 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!

— Find out more about this issue at AARP’s second in a series of free webinars. Social Security – Why It Pays to Wait Tuesday, June 27, 2019, 6 p.m. CT When it comes to getting the biggest monthly Social Security check, timing can be everything. That’s why learning about when to claim your retirement benefits is so important. Attend AARP’s free interactive webinar to have your questions answered and learn about the critical difference between retirement age and “full” retirement …

— Learn essential networking and interviewing skills at our free, two-part webinar. Sharpening Your Networking & Interview Skills Part 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6 p.m. CT No matter your skills or experience, getting the job often comes down to two critical factors: 1. Who you know, and 2. How you handle yourself in an interview. AARP’s free, two-part webinar, Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills, was created to help you hone …

— Caregivers of family members with dementia face many challenges and often neglect their own needs while taking care of others. We asked Toni Pliskin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the NorthShore Center for Brain Health, to describe common challenges caregivers face, as well as strategies for self-care and brain health.  Common challenges With changes in roles and responsibilities, caregivers may feel torn in different directions. The weight of responsibility due to caring for someone may cause feelings of isolation, sadness and …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— Discover New Possibilities And Get To Know AARP and What We’re Doing In Pekin. Check out the exciting events happening in Pekin, Illinois and join AARP IL to learn more about new opportunities in Central Illinois. Register online or  call 1-877-926-8300 to learn more about any of these and future opportunities with AARP in your backyard! ALL EVENT ARE HELD AT: Pekin Public Library 2nd Floor Community Room 301 South 4th Street Pekin, IL 61554   June 2019 Tuesday, June …

— AARP Illinois has launched a campaign in Springfield to advocate for the rights and protection of nursing home residents. A bill currently before the Legislature would ensure that minimum staffing is met to prevent the neglect of vulnerable older adults in nursing homes. To educate the public and get support for the legislation, AARP Illinois held a news conference in the Capitol, which was covered by dozens of media outlets. It is also hosting listening sessions between lawmakers and families …

— AARP Illinois is a major sponsor of this year’s Fifth Third Bike the Drive and we want members, friends, and family of all ages to join us in downtown Chicago Sunday, May 26, 2019! Riders can start as early as 5:30 a.m. – race organizers encourage everyone to start by 7:00 a.m. if you want to complete the whole 30 miles!! But you can do as little or as much as you want! Join AARP Illinois as we celebrate healthy …

—   After hearing testimony about residents struggling to pay their rapidly rising utility bills, a City Council committee on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for more transparency from and oversight of Peoples Gas. The resolution also urges Illinois lawmakers to pass reform legislation to rein in the out-of-control spending by Peoples Gas because of its mismanaged and ineffective pipeline-replacement program, the “System Modernization Plan.” “We are grateful that Chicago’s elected officials, especially Ald. George Cardenas and Ald. Brendan Reilly, took …

— Join AARP Illinois in your community and get involved! We will have many fun opportunities for you to give back this summer. The opportunities are flexible and the time commitment is what you make of it. Contact Ellen Acevedo to learn more. eacevedo@aarp.org or 312.458.3626

— Springfield, Ill. — Sending a strong message to drug companies that skyrocketing prescription drug prices must be stopped, the Illinois House of Representatives voted Wednesday to implement a novel new program aimed at arming doctors with unbiased, objective information on pharmaceuticals. House members voted 130 to 0 to pass HB 3097, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Mah, (D-2) and aimed at improving patient care and ultimately reducing health care costs. “Residents in Illinois have told us that the high cost of …