— Are you ready to celebrate Dia de Muertos and Mexican culture right here in our comunidad? Climb aboard Día de Muertos train this fall! Four cars on the CTA’s Pink Line are sporting stunning artwork by local artist Elizabeth Reyes to draw attention to all that’s happening in Pilsen and Little Village. The artwork – which features iconic skeletons, colorful carnations and a darkened Chicago skyline – is intended to help tell the story that “in a city of neighborhoods, somos una comunidad (we are one …

— 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!

—   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and my patients sometimes bring questions about studies gaining attention in the media. This month, I will highlight four studies which I find interesting, to shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Taiwan recently carried out a study among subjects with a history of stroke and who had taken statin medications, which are prescribed to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. An …

—     District Advocacy and Outreach Join AARP Illinois to advocate for what is important to our members and community. We are seeking volunteers to lead the charge in your home district. It is critical for your representatives to hear directly from their constituents, people like you. Be a voice for your community. To learn more, email Ellen Acevedo at Eacevedo@aarp.org or call 312-458-3626.  

— By Kelly Ganski Ever since Judith Rocha’s mother, Socorro, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 12 years ago, Rocha and her sister, Lourdes, have shuttled their mother between their Chicago homes to care for her. It has taken patience, communication and organization, but being able to tend to their 81-year-old mother is important to both daughters. Caring for a loved one at home is common in the Latino community, said Álvaro Obregón, associate state director of advocacy and outreach for AARP …

— AARP Illinois sat down with gubernatorial candidates JB Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner and asked them about the issues that matter most to you. Watch this video and see how each responded to questions that matter to those 50 and above as the election nears. ARP Illinois asked gubernatorial candidates JB Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner what they’d do to ensure older consumers will want to stay in the state. Check out our video voter guide to see what each …

— Chicago –   AARP Chicago this week unveiled original artwork on a CTA Pink Line train in honor of Dia de Muertos, a first-of-its kind initiative aimed at connecting  with thousands of Mexican American residents living in the Chicago area  in time for one of the most significant days on the calendar for the Mexican community. The campaign, which features a design by local artist Elizabeth Reyes, will be visible to commuters both inside and outside the train and is intended …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— AARP Illinois’ statement regarding recent political ad paid for by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee using unauthorized use of AARP’s name SPRINGFIELD, IL — Use of the AARP name and letters resembling its logo in a recent political ad attacking Rodney Davis in the race to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District were unauthorized and do not represent the views of the non-partisan organization that works on behalf of older adults and their families. “AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions …

— AARP Illinois’ statement regarding recent political ad attacking Congressional candidate Randy Hultgren while using unauthorized use of AARP’s name and logo SPRINGFIELD, IL — Use of the AARP name and logo in a recent political ad in support of Democrat Lauren Underwood in the race to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District were unauthorized and do not represent the views of the non-partisan organization that works on behalf of older adults and their families. “AARP does not endorse candidates or make …

—   As research continues to explore the connections between lifestyle choices and Alzheimer’s disease, here’s a quick list of 10 ways to reduce your risk. Know your Risk: Genetics, gender, and a host of modifiable risk factors have been attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. Consult with a neurologist about assessing your own personal risk factors; if you need help getting started, visit www.northshore.org/brainhealth. Commit to Lifelong Learning: Learning new things – even in your sixties and seventies and beyond – keeps …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018 6 p.m. CT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …