Illinois

States Start Shifting Focus to Help Seniors Live Independently, at Home

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Politics“We need to ‘spring’ your mother,” Pop, who loved prison movies, told me over the phone while asking me to come home that weekend. Mom had been in a rehabilitation center for two weeks following a bad fall and a hospital stay. Both she and Pop were ready for her to go home. My mom and pop, like most Americans, wanted to stay in their home and community as they aged. Pop became the primary family caregiver for Mom, and …

Work and Save: From Sea to Shining Sea

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThe problem with living in Washington, D.C., too long is that you start to forget all the exciting action happening outside this politics-crazed town. The truth is, the real action is taking place in state capitols around the country. Today I want to take a moment to highlight some of the victories and innovative solutions happening from Hartford to Olympia to help people save for the future and live independently as they age. I’m lucky enough to have worked for …

Fighting for Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMike is a 55-year-old Mississippian and a family caregiver for his lifelong friend Joe, who suffered a stroke.  Mike has found more emotional strength than he knew he had when the reality hit that caring for Joe is a 24-hour-a-day job. Nancy went from daughter to family caregiver, and after weeks of sleeping in her father’s hospital room, stress-filled months and sleepless nights, she learned to rely on her siblings, make a plan and step back into her life. Amy …

Updated: What Causes Arthritis?

Posted on 11/4/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHave you ever thought about how many times you use your hands in a day? Perhaps you’ve pondered which fingers you could do without if you had to get rid of a couple? Maybe you’ve thought about how quickly your body sends signals back and forth so that you can type a blog post, tie your shoe or lift your fork? It’s actually pretty fascinating when you stop and think about it! >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP …

Alzheimer’s — A New Look at an Old Disease

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHi, everyone!  AARP Illinois communications staff member Heather Heppner here to share with you a new video series on Alzheimer’s disease that features Dr. William Klein from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). What do we really know about Alzheimer’s disease — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans?  More than you might think.  In this new five-part video series LG Taylor — filmmaker and founder of the science collaborative Neuro.Rapt — explores Alzheimer’s disease with the help of Northwestern researcher William …

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 …