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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 …

Five Frugal Lessons From My Father

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsAs Father’s Day rolls around once again, I’m thankful for all of the things my dear Dad has taught me over the years, including some invaluable lessons about money. Here are the top five lessons I’ve learned from my frugal father: 1. If you can’t afford to pay for it now, you simply can’t afford it. That’s right. It’s “old school” for sure and easier said than done, but if you live by this simple credo and refuse to borrow money …

Family Affairs: Do Your Kids a Favor

Posted on 06/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is a guest post by Bart Astor. The other day I saw an ad with the headline, “Do your kids a favor.” It went on to say, “You checked for monsters under her bed, sent her to the best school, and helped her buy her first car. Now, do her one more favor.” That favor involves making plans in advance and communicating your wishes to your children. The ad, for a funeral home, takes a subject people don’t like …

Don’t Get Strong-Armed in a Moving Scam

Posted on 06/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThe following Scam Alert is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Summer is peak moving season, with an estimated two-thirds of all moves occurring between now through the end of August. It’s also prime time for moving scams — and “strong-arming” involves more than a carrier’s biceps. Many of the 9,300 complaints filed against moving companies last year  with the Better Business Bureau were for alleged sloppy service — lost or broken merchandise, late deliveries and the like. But add …

Middle-Class Security Late in Life

Posted on 06/3/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Money & Savings | Public Policy InstituteGreater longevity is a measure of enormous progress for older Americans. But greater longevity has also created new challenges.  Particularly troubling is what happens to middle-class security for Americans who reach advanced old age. Think tanks, academic research centers, and journalists are generating mountains of reports on the plight of the middle class. Political leaders from across the ideological spectrum speak of the importance of restoring middle class security.  However, these discussions have largely focused on the problems with attaining middle-class …

Medicaid: Program of Last Resort

Posted on 05/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy InstituteMost people don’t think of themselves as potential welfare recipients. But seven out of ten people who reach the age of 65 will need long-term services and supports (LTSS) during their lives, and three in ten will eventually rely on Medicaid to pay a significant share of the costs of their care. Do these numbers reflect declining willingness of Americans to help their own families in a time of need? Are we becoming a nation of people unwilling to take …