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Updated: What Causes Arthritis?

Posted on 11/4/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHave you ever thought about how many times you use your hands in a day? Perhaps you’ve pondered which fingers you could do without if you had to get rid of a couple? Maybe you’ve thought about how quickly your body sends signals back and forth so that you can type a blog post, tie your shoe or lift your fork? It’s actually pretty fascinating when you stop and think about it! >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP …

Alzheimer’s — A New Look at an Old Disease

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHi, everyone!  AARP Illinois communications staff member Heather Heppner here to share with you a new video series on Alzheimer’s disease that features Dr. William Klein from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). What do we really know about Alzheimer’s disease — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans?  More than you might think.  In this new five-part video series LG Taylor — filmmaker and founder of the science collaborative Neuro.Rapt — explores Alzheimer’s disease with the help of Northwestern researcher William …

Legal Help Available for Older Cook County Residents

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team. We are certainly grateful for our nation’s laws, but our legal system can often be challenging and confusing, especially for older adults, making them vulnerable to the growing problem of financial and legal abuse and exploitation. Fortunately in Cook County, Ill., the hard work and vision of a judge, a former state government official and a group of volunteers is helping thousands of elderly citizens navigate …

What’s Up With Medicare These Days?

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthLet’s face it, even though Medicare provides health coverage for 49 million Americans, the program itself isn’t all that easy to understand. That’s why AARP Illinois State President Merri Dee and AARP Illinois staff member and Medicare expert Courtney Hedderman got together this week for a question-and-answer session with about 1,500 of our members through a tele-town hall. Here are some of the questions asked during the call and the answers. Q: I’ve heard that the new health care law …

Illinois Legislature Recognizes Pivotal Role of Caregivers

Posted on 06/10/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Home & FamilyHello there! It’s Heather with the AARP Illinois Communications Team, bringing you good news about caregiving in Illinois! On May 29th, the General Assembly unanimously adopted House Resolution 80 – a measure that recognizes the pivotal role of family caregivers in Illinois. With the resolution, the General Assembly pledges to review state policies and support current state programs that address the needs of caregivers while also urging the Illinois Department on Aging to create a work group that focuses on …

Medicaid Expansion One Step Closer In Illinois

Posted on 05/31/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsHey blog readers, This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team. Legislators in Springfield may not be able to reach agreements on state pensions or concealed carry, but there’s one important thing that they did agree on — that health care should be available to Illinoisans who need it and cannot afford it! How did that happen? This week, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that will bring much needed relief to thousands of hard-working Illinoisans who are struggling financially …