— 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!

— Find out what you can already be doing to prepare at our free, two-part webinar. Retirement Planning: Top Tips to Get or Stay on Track Part 1: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Are you making the right decisions today for a better retirement down the road? You can and AARP is here to help you get on track with your retirement plans. Simply register now for our free, two-part …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— Cook County seniors still have time to save on their property taxes. County Treasurer Maria Pappas recently announced as many as 31,000 seniors may still be eligible for exemptions on their property tax bills due August 1.  The exemptions can be worth hundreds of dollars, according to Pappas. Many seniors in Cook County are eligible for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption, but must reapply for the savings each year. To check the status of your tax …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— Federal tax reforms enacted in December 2017 are likely to affect AARP members and their families in both positive and negative ways. To help people position themselves for the current tax year, AARP Illinois is hosting a series of presentations in Springfield. The first event will be at the AARP office, 300 W. Edwards St., on Saturday, June 23, 10-11:30 a.m. The other presentations will be at the Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon, …

—   CHICAGO— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program, across the nation as well as right here in Illinois. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers …