— 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!

— AARP Illinois is hosting workshops/events in these cities to promote financial literacy and security during the upcoming Money Smart Week. We are providing information and resources so that AARP Illinois members and friends can better manage their personal finances, now and into retirement. Don’t see something in your area? Let us know where you live and the topic you are interested in at aarpil@aarp.org – more workshops are coming in the summer and fall. Mind Your Money & Secure Your …

— Haz oir tu voz en tu comunidad.Únete a AARP Illinois para luchar por los asuntos de importancia para nuestros socios y nuestra comunidad. Buscamos voluntarios para dirigir los esfuerzos en sus distritos. Es importante que los constituyentes, las personas como tú, expresen sus opiniones directamente a sus representantes. Instructores de programas.¿Te gusta hablar en público? ¿Quieres hacer algo nuevo y divertido? Sé instructor voluntario de un programa de AARP Illinois, donde podrás compartir recursos educativos e información sobre los temas …

— New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Illinois residents and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Residents in Illinois have told us that the high cost of prescription …

— Springfield – A Peoria woman was celebrated Tuesday by the Illinois General Assembly and Senate for her lifetime of work in support of the aging population in Illinois. Mary Patton, 82, was surprised with the reading and copy of the honorary resolution, HB 0130 introduced by Rep. Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) and co-sponsored by 10 additional representatives before it was adopted. She was recognized minutes later on the Senate floor with a proclamation read by Sen. David Koehler, (R-Peoria), which …

— New legislation seeks to improve nursing home quality of care; provide much-needed financial relief to family caregivers. Across the state, older adults entrusted to nursing homes for care have been subjected to neglect, infection and other horrifying consequences – even death — due to inadequate staffing which must be addressed, lawmakers and advocates said Tuesday. The situation, as documented by a Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News investigation, has prompted the introduction of an important initiative designed to enhance nursing home residents’ …

— Good news for those who have a genetic link to Alzheimer’s disease – and even those who don’t: add better sleep (and improved brain health!) to the long list of benefits of exercise. A recent study indicates that aerobic exercise may improve sleep patterns, especially among those with the genetic variant APOE e4, a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, sleep problems may be exacerbated by the presence of this genetic variant. Researchers in Canada designed a pilot study …

— AARP Illinois, in concert with Money Smart Week (March 30-April 6), will host forums throughout the state to promote financial literacy. The forums are designed to help AARP members and friends learn to better manage their personal finances. The events will cover issues such as helping children or grandchildren save for college, buying a house, using credit wisely, managing debt and saving for retirement. Events are planned for Chicago, Rockford, Springfield and Madison County. For exact locations and times, visit …

— Older adults consistently show up at the polls in higher numbers than other age groups, and this week’s Chicago Mayoral election was a prime example, according to AARP-Illinois, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve the lives of those 50+ and their families. In February, AARP representatives sat down with 8 of the 14 mayoral candidates to emphasize that 89 percent of AARP’s 250,000 members in Chicago planned to vote. That prediction came true Tuesday night, when 52 percent …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6 p.m. CT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— AARP Illinois applauds Gov. Pritzker for protecting retirement income and fully funding Community Care Program Springfield – AARP Illinois commends Gov. Pritzker for his continued commitment – both in his proposed budget and in his stance during his first 180 days in office — to not taxing retirement income as a means of solving the state’s fiscal crisis. AARP Illinois has noted that retirees did not create the current state fiscal crisis, nor did they anticipate in their lifetime of planning …