— 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!

— 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 …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6 p.m. CT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor — Aging In Illinois Americans age 50 and older contribute more than $7 trillion to the U.S. economy; in Illinois, that amounts to more than $358.8 billion. What will you do to ensure that older consumers will want to remain in Illinois and to foster their continued contributions to the state’s economy? 60 Seconds With the Candidates: Illinois Governor — Financial Security of Retirees What is your long-term …

— AARP Illinois is seeking advocacy volunteers in every state Senate and House district. Volunteers make sure elected officials in their home districts are aware of issues that matter to older people. The work can be performed in 10 to 15 hours a month or less. To learn more, email Ellen Acevedo at Eacevedo@aarp.org or call 312-458-3636.

—   On October 2, 2018, join AARP Chicago for a Town Hall meeting throughout Chicagoland to share your story on how the fiscal crisis is impacting your community. For too long the state of Illinois has suffered through a lengthy fiscal crisis that continues to impact all of its citizens. When will state finances be restored, service providers paid, vulnerable residents in need of caregiving services receive proper attention, and the state’s debt burden be resolved? Join us in the Loop, Bronzeville, …

— 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 …