All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50.

All the news that matters to Illinoisans over 50. Gerardo Cardenas, Jennifer Baier and Heather Heppner write about health, financial security and well-being of Illinoisans.

My Grandparents’ Mailbox Was Out of Control!

Hello, everyone! It’s Jenn from the Illinois Communications team. I’d like to share an experience that I recently had. The deeper into it I got the more perturbed I became. About a month ago I became a caregiver for my grandparents. (Best grandparents ever, BTW.) Due to some recent health and memory issues they decided it was time to move into a pretty posh assisted living facility in their home town (I’d love to move in too! Hello WiFi, whirlpool, …

AARP Experience Corps Seeks Volunteers in Chicago: Help Kids Learn to Read!

Experience Corps is hosting a series of community conversations in Chicago with AARP members and the general 50+ public from Jan. 18 through Feb. 16.  The conversations, which are scheduled for about 1-1/2 hours, will serve to provide those interested with more information on AARP Experience Corps and the work we do with local schools, as well as an opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities to work with children in grades K-3 during the 2013-2014 school year. Why volunteer for AARP Experience Corps? Just ask …

Mmm Mmm Tasty: Hearty Brussels Sprout Soup For Cold Days

Hello again from Lenise. I wanted to share something special with you today… Becoming more health-conscious and trying to eat the recommended daily allowances of 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 3 servings of fruits per day can be pretty cumbersome. One smart way to achieve this is to juice the fruit and soup the veggies. Brussels sprouts (yuck, who eats those?) are actually super healthy. At just 8 calories per serving, they’re low in cholesterol and saturated …

Retirement, Purpose, Functionality And Re-Employment For Older Workers In America

Hi, all. This is Lenise. I am a new volunteer with AARP Illinois and I’m going to try my hand at blogging. Here is my first post. Tell me what you think.  One story I wish would go viral is a story about the Vita Needle company that aired on PBS.org  a week or so ago. The story highlights people who are working at 78 years old and beyond.  The Vita Needle Company manufacturers reusable needles for veterinary applications and …

Our *Yet Unprinted* Response To The Chicago Tribune’s ComEd Fable…

A couple of days ago the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that was supposed to make us all feel sorry for ComEd and their oh-so-difficult-struggles to implement a so-called smart grid. It went on to explain how each time ComEd has tried to raise their rates unchecked or how when ComEd refused to refund consumers’ money that was rightfully theirs, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) got in the way. WOW, what was the ICC thinking…*sarcasm*  As many of you know, AARP Illinois (and thousands of our members), …

Pinterest Please!

Hi everyone! Allie the intern here this week to tell you about the hottest new social media site – Pinterest! Do you keep hearing about this new site called Pinterest? Not sure what it is? Then you’ve come to the right place! I run our Pinterest account. Let’s talk more about what Pinterest is. All right, let’s! What exactly is Pinterest? It helps to think of Pinterest as the bulletin board of the Internet. What do you put on your …