— AARP Illinois, in collaboration with the Chicago Sky and 4th Ward Aldermen Sophia King, Jewel Osco, will be collecting nonperishable food items at Jewel-Osco (443 E 34th St, Chicago, IL 60616) on December 12th (from 4-6pm), December 14th(4-6pm), and December 16th (11am-1pm). On December 16th Sky Guy (mascot) and coaches from the Chicago Sky WNBA team will join us for a special day, where prizes and photos will be distributed. All nonperishable items will be donated to the Chicago Food …

— By Dr. Susannah Spiess, MD Rich, delicious foods are irresistible during the holidays but heavy meals can leave us with that all-too-familiar burning pain that moves up to the throat. Heartburn may be a symptom of a more severe condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What is GERD? GERD is a disorder of the digestive tract that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve that connects the esophagus to …

— CHICAGO- AARP Chicago is pleased to announce the AARP IL Holiday Celebration benefitting the children of local veterans thorough Veteran Women United. This toy drive and Holiday event is being held to support, honor, and respect our local Veterans and their families AARP believes that working in concert with local residents and service organizations allows us to participate in addressing critical community needs. “We all value our freedom and rights secured by military veterans who are supported by their families. …

— On Saturday, December 2nd AARP co-sponsored an art exhibit showcasing the artwork and stories of older Hispanic/Latino adults who have participated in past LA BROCHA art workshops. LA BROCHA is a project whose goal is to offer art workshops to older Hispanic/Latino adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, or Parkinson’s disease. Over 150 attendees were present and AARP Illinois had a prominent role with Associate State Director, Advocacy & Outreach Álvaro R. Obregón speaking on behalf …

— AARP Illinois is working with the Chicago Sky—the city’s WNBA team—and the Fourth Ward Jewel Osco grocery store in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood to host a food drive, Dec. 11-14. The drive will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Feeding the hungry is an evergreen effort,” said Simone Moore, AARP interim associate state director. “AARP is committed to helping to close the hunger gap in communities nationwide, and we are doing our part locally.” Jewel Osco, at 443 E. 34th …

— By Dr. Smita Patel There is a growing body of research that our vascular and metabolic health during mid-life matters when it comes to developing Alzheimer’s disease; a new study further adds to our understanding. Researchers analyzed over 30 years of follow-up data from the Whitehall II study, a well-known British public health study from 1985.  More than 10,000 men and women employed by the British Civil Service in London were studied. The researchers discovered that obesity at age 50 …

— BILL SAFEGUARDS CRITICAL SENIOR IN-HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE FOR OVER 80,000 ILLINOISANS Statement by AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy Ryan Gruenenfelder   SPRINGFIELD- “House Bill 1424, sponsored by State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Daniel Biss, is a compassionate, fiscally responsible measure that ensures the state’s leading in-home senior care program, the Community Care Program (CCP), remains intact along with current eligibility standards. CCP provides essential services to older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to stay in the …

— This second installment to the three-part series in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month continues its focus on new research to reduce risks and prevent the disease. Carrying one or two copies of the risk variant of the gene Apolipoprotein E (“APOE e4”) increases a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease compared to people who do not carry the risk variant. And recently, researchers discovered a subset of this population who carries this risk variant to be at even greater risk. Researchers …

— AARP & Elected Officials Meet For Legislative Breakfast On Monday, November 13, AARP Illinois is hosting a legislative breakfast where state and local elected officials will meet with local residents and discuss issues that matter to residents ages 50 and older, and their loved ones, including state revenue, financial security, affordable utilities, and support to family caregivers. WHO:                        AARP Illinois WHAT:                      Lockport Township Legislative Breakfast WHEN:                      Monday, November 13, 2017/9:00am-11am WHERE:                   Prairie Bluff Golf Club, 19433 …

— Dr. Smita Patel In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November, I will focus a 3-part series on the latest research focusing on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. I also encourage you to view my earlier AARP blog posts, to learn about ways to reduce risks and preserve brain health. Have you heard that poor sleep quality, whether due to bad habits or to medical conditions (like sleep apnea) raises your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? That is the developing …