103 Years old and still at it! Thank you!

Posted on 03/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringOn the occasion of her 103rd birthday, we would like to congratulate Mary Alice Groppe on her years of service to her community and older Americans. Mrs. Groppe helped to found the Wheeling, WV chapter of AARP and is still an active letter writer on issues concerning older Americans. A single voice that has chosen to never be quiet. In a letter to Mrs. Groppe, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said “Your dedicated and tireless attention to and advocacy on issues important to older …

Nursing Homes in Illinois: The Next Steps

Posted on 02/16/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello, readers. This is Gerardo with AARP Illinois’ Communications team. It was less than two years ago that advocates, legislators and state government got together to craft legislation that has significantly improved care and safety conditions for thousands of nursing home residents in Illinois. AARP was at the center of the reform along with SEIU, Illinois Citizens for Better Care, The Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and the Community Renewal Society.  State Senators Heather Steans and Jacqueline Collins, and State Reps. …

A Look Back – and Thank You

Posted on 12/29/2011 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsAs the year winds down, we find ourselves pondering what really mattered in the last 365 days.  For us, the answer is easy – you.  Your petitions, phone calls, and emails to legislators made it possible for us to accomplish so much to improve the lives of older Americans in this country – and for that we are most grateful.

Grand Day for a GrandRally

Posted on 09/19/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyNearly 600 grandparent and other relative caregivers nationwide gathered today on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the Fourth National GrandRally to make their voices heard and raise support for grandfamilies - and they sure succeeded in doing so.

AARP Uses Humor AND Facts in Fight to Protect Seniors

Posted on 06/20/2011 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsGlenn Kessler posted a critique of our new ad on the Washington Post website today, saying that “it turns out this stuff adds up to peanuts in the context of a $3.7 trillion federal budget.”  Yes – AARP is not really suggesting that cutting pickle technology would solve the country’s budget woes.  The point was to get people talking – and use a little humor to do it.  There are billions of dollars in cuts that should be considered before …

AARP Has Not Changed Its Position on Social Security

Posted on 06/17/2011 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsHey everyone – I’m sure many of you have seen the Wall Street Journal article from this morning (“Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut”). This is a misleading characterization.  Read AARP’s CEO A. Barry Rand’s response below: “Let me be clear – AARP is as committed as we’ve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthening it for future generations.  Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed …