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Job Hunting 2.0: Calling Cards and You

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello again from Allie the intern! Today’s post is part two of my series… “Trying to reimagine yourself is harder than most people realize.” My dad knows this better than most. After a life-changing accident, he lost mobility in his left hand and the ability to continue his career of 30 years. Now that he has been cleared to return to work, he is faced with a new dilemma — finding employment at age 54 in a terrible economy with …

Diana Nyad says at SXSW She Will Make 5th Attempt at Cuba-Florida Swim

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Bulletin TodayHey everyone! It’s team AARP from SXSW – Karin Miller (TN), Kim Loop, (TX), Jenn Baier, (IL) and Jim Flaherty and Jessica Prell (WI) this morning we got to go on a walk with Diana Nyad while she was at SXSW. We were so inspired!  When Diana Nyad was an 18-year-old Olympic hopeful, she walked out on the pool deck at the trials afraid that the years of 4:30 a.m. workouts and sets of 1,000 situps would end in failure. …

Experience Corps Chicago Driven by Passionate Latino Leaders

Posted on 02/28/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringAARP Experience Corps Chicago aims to improve child literacy rates among young Chicago Latinos. As the office gears to open in March, Myrna Torres takes her position as Experience Corps Chicago’s new Branch Director. Tomas Revollo, a retired principal and educational thought leader, volunteers his time and expertise to connect Experience Corps with current Chicago Public School principals. Both have a deep interest in serving the Latino community, and that interest is invaluable in completing EC’s mission.    If you …

Meet the Springfield Intern

Posted on 02/27/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHey everyone, my name is Jon and I am the new intern at the AARP Illinois legislative office in Springfield. I attend the University of Illinois at Springfield and am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology. I grew up in Peotone and moved to Steger to live with my grandmother about ten years ago when my grandfather died. I then went on to attend Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, where I studied Political Science and became …

AARP Volunteer Receives Community Service Award

Posted on 02/27/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringWe’ve got some really fantastic volunteers in Illinois and around the country. The range of activities they work on is quite stellar. From Driver Safety to Tax Aide, to lobbying down in Springfield,  or assisting with office projects, this organization wouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t have nearly the impact that it does, without help from volunteers. That’s why we’re always excited when volunteer work is honored and recognized! So props to our longtime AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer Stanley Fukai  who …

Job Hunting 2.0

Posted on 02/15/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

WorkHello again from Allie the intern! My dad is on the job hunt. I know what you’re thinking: so what? In this economy, he joins many millions on this ever-changing quest (including his daughter). But he’s in a particularly tricky situation. An accident in September of 2009 left my dad with a crushed left hand. After six surgeries (and probably more in the future) with the best hand surgeon in Chicago, his hand lost the ring finger and has extremely limited …