— 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!

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6 –6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job in …

— AARP is offering classes in Peoria to help central Illinois residents use smartphones and tablets more effectively. The courses can help members and their guests take better photos and use their devices to keep in touch with family and friends or search for jobs online. Advanced iPhone and iPad is Thursday, May 17, 5-7 p.m., and Digital Photography and Your iPhone will be Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The classes are free, but registration is required. For details and …

— AARP IL is looking for Volunteer Tech Trainers to assist staff and other volunteers to provide training support.  Volunteer trainers would lead tech training, webinars, and workshops in group settings. Additionally, the Volunteer Tech role identifies promising practices for volunteer training support and helps increase awareness of the feature and benefits of technology in the AARP community. To volunteer please contact Ellen Acevedo @ eacevedo@aarp.org or call 1-312-458-3626  

— The holidays are coming, and this could be a perfect time to learn how to capture special moments with a smartphone camera. AARP Illinois is offering a two-hour course on smartphone photography on Friday, Oct. 27, in Peoria. Participants will learn how to take and organize great pictures and safely share them with family and friends. The class begins at 10 a.m. at the Proctor Center Auditorium, 309 S. DuSable St. The event is free, but space is limited and …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Yazmine Carbajal, an industrial-design student, wants to help older people benefit from new technology. She recalled the frustrated attempts to assist her 75-year-old grandmother in using an iPad. Shaky hands made it hard for her to use the device’s small buttons, and she kept forgetting the order of multiple functions. “I thought, Huh, I don’t know how she uses this,” said Carbajal, 23, who attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This past summer, she was in …

— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …

— There are thousands of scammers praying on the most vulnerable of us. Some of these swindlers’ pitches seem too good to be true. In these cases, they are. AARP scoured the internet looking for the latest scams. We’ve put together some from the FTC and fraud-focused websites to help you be a fraud fighter! The IRS Impostors There’s a new twist to the IRS impostor scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters …

— AARP is offering free, easy-to-use courses via its AARP TEK Academy, an online classroom designed to help 50-plus Americans get the most out of technology to connect with family and friends, explore employment opportunities, access health information, enjoy entertainment and more. AARP TEK stands for Technology Education and Knowledge and launched last year to empower the 50-plus audience to use technology to live their best lives. The TEK Academy is the latest offering as part of this program. While aimed …