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Great News for Illinoisans Looking for Health Coverage

Posted on 05/24/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHey blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with AARP Illinois’ Communications Team bringing you great news from our state Capitol in Springfield! For too long, thousands of Illinoisans have not had access to basic health and dental care even when employed. But on May 23rd, the State Senate passed a key legislative measure that will establish the state’s first Health Insurance Marketplace. House Bill 3227  passed the Senate by a vote of 39-19 and is on its way to the State House. We …

AARP Experience Corps: Working with Kids Yields Rewards

Posted on 05/16/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringKids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Win with Experience Corps In 2007, a Washington University research study confirmed what volunteers have been consistently saying all along.  AARP Experience Corps volunteers become more active and energetic as they participate in the program. From the study: “At the end of the academic year, about two-thirds of the low-activity group was classified as high-activity, as they became more active in [non-Experience Corps] activities. “ Experience Corps members become more active through their work …

Meet the Newest Chicago Intern!

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHi everyone! My name is Debbie and I’m the newest Communications intern of the Chicago office. I am currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I majored in Community Health and minored in Gerontology and in Business at the same University for my undergraduate career. My background is in health and wellness and I love working with older adults! I have volunteered at different nursing homes and retirement centers in Chicago and in …

Know the Best Ways to Protect Your Money? Find Out at Money Smart Week

Posted on 04/22/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Money & SavingsLooking to boost your financial know-how?  Join AARP Illinois and more than 40 area organizations hosting free, educational events throughout the Chicago area and across the state during the 2013 Money Smart Week  (April 20-27). AARP Illinois members are invited to join volunteer Nathan Fuchs, a former trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and an Assistant District Attorney in New York in the senior fraud prevention unit, along with experts from the National Futures Association, the Commodity Futures Trading …

Illinoisans Detest President Obama’s Chained CPI Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/5/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsIf Chained CPI is included in the President’s budget proposal, as is being reported today, President Obama is laying out a clear marker that he is willing to cut Social Security and other benefits to balance the budget, which breaks a promise he made when he was elected to office.  On September 6, 2008, Senator Barack Obama told AARP members: “John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of …

Steve Reimagined

Posted on 04/5/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHello again from Allie the intern! As you may already know from my blog series, my dad has been on an unexpected journey. Due to a life-changing accident, he has had to find a new career at age 54. This daunting task is one that many older adults face in this economy. He tried out AARP’s Life Reimagined Calling Cards recently and was happy to discover a new idea. I took a quick video of him so that you could …