— 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!

— It’s that time of year again – back to school! For most of us in the United States, receiving a formal education is assumed. Some of us even continue to achieve advanced degrees, and go on to hold cognitively challenging jobs. But we can’t stop after we walk across the stage to receive our diploma. Lifelong learning – and the kind of highly educated lifestyle that comes with it – is good for the brain!  Not only can education increase …

— Get to know AARP at our Volunteer Mixer Our volunteers make a difference in Chicago. Join us to find out more about what AARP Illinois is doing in the community and how you can get involved. AARP works with legislators, individuals, and partner organizations to improve health care quality and access; to educate people about the importance of saving and managing money; and to protect consumers from fraud. We also have volunteers at movies, festivals, and live theater events. Bring …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— By Kelly Ganski Out on a Meals on Wheels delivery last year in O’Fallon, Theresa Collins knocked on the door of a 74-year-old veteran, a double amputee in a wheelchair. The man used to receive five hot-meal deliveries a week, but because of state budget delays, the nonprofit Senior Services Plus could make only two deliveries a week. To compensate, they included three frozen meals. “He told me to just leave them out on the counter because he couldn’t physically …

— AARP in Chicago is throwing a party in the park and everyone is invited! Come to see the Zebra Sisters and enjoy games, giveaways, music and cake! So bring your picnic basket, blanket, chairs, etc. and meet new people at this fun and free event. Be sure to meet our staff and volunteers, learn more about our upcoming events and discover all the ways you can Take on Today and every day.   UNION PARK | GROVE 9 | 1501 …

— On behalf of its 1.6 million members, AARP Illinois commends Governor Bruce Rauner for signing House Bill 5752, which establishes a broadband advisory council to explore ways to expand and increase broadband throughout Illinois, into law. AARP Illinois also commends House sponsor Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie and Senate sponsor Senator Linda Holmes for their hard work passing this bi-partisan legislation through the Illinois General Assembly. A statement from AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy & Outreach Ryan Gruenenfelder as follows: “Access …

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6-7 p.m. CT When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions …

— Join AARP Illinois to advocate for what is important to our members and community members. We’re seeking volunteers to lead the charge in your house district. It’s critical for your representatives to hear directly from people like you. The time commitment is minimal and this is a great opportunity to make a difference across Illinois. If you want to make your voice heard by becoming an AARP In-District Volunteer, please contact Ellen Acevedo at eacevedo [at] aarp [dot] org.