Illinois banks run from Power of Attorney abuse protection law

Hello there blog readers – Jenn here talking to you today from an unseasonably warm and snow-free Chicago. (Thumbs up!) Following up on our post from a few weeks ago about cracking down on financial  elder abuse in Illinois, I was  talking with staff lead Ryan Gruenenfelder about what else is cooking down in Springfield this session and how AARP will be involved. He told me about an interesting battle that keeps cropping up over some increased protections that are now part of …

The Takeaway: Top Scams Targeting Older Adults; Hospital Errors Go Unreported

The National Council on Aging has released a list of the ‘Top 10 Scams’ targeting older adults … A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says only one out of every seven errors that harm Medicare patients while hospitalized gets reported … And more.

The Takeaway: Senate Passes Veteran’s Jobs Package; MacArthur Fellow Fights Elder Abuse

Though the President’s overall jobs plan has been languishing in a divided Congress, the veteran’s jobs package””including a provision to give companies tax credits for hiring unemployed military veterans and a job-training program for vets””passed the Senate yesterday 94-1.

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Aging is for the birds.  A growing number of people over 50 just refuse to let it happen. Sure, they’ll celebrate the milestone birthday, but they’ll do their best not to look their age.  Or feel it. Or even act it.  (See Ernestine Shepherd. You now have no excuse for not working out.)

The Takeaway: Cancer Breakthrough; Online Dating; D-Day

Lots of interesting findings coming out of the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago: Two drugs are being hailed by scientists as a ‘major breakthrough’ in treating deadly skin cancer. About 8,700 people die from melanoma every year.