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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.
Have 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!
Brain X-Ray
Hi, 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.).
Hi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team.
Let's face it, even though Medicare provides health coverage for 49 million Americans, the program itself isn't all that easy to understand. That's why AARP Illinois State President Merri Dee and AARP Illinois staff member and Medicare expert Courtney Hedderman got together this week for a question-and-answer session with about 1,500 of our members through a tele-town hall. Here are some of the questions asked during the call and the answers.
Hello there! It's Heather with the AARP Illinois Communications Team, bringing you good news about caregiving in Illinois!
Doctor greating patient
Hey blog readers,
H ey blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with AARP Illinois' Communications Team bringing you great news from our state Capitol in Springfield!
Kids Aren't the Only Ones Who Win with Experience Corps
Hi everyone! My name is Debbie and I'm the newest Communications intern of the Chicago office. I am currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I majored in Community Health and minored in Gerontology and in Business at the same University for my undergraduate career. My background is in health and wellness and I love working with older adults! I have volunteered at different nursing homes and retirement centers in Chicago and in Champaign.
Illinois Chained CPI Infographic-page-001 (1)
If Chained CPI is included in the President's budget proposal, as is being reported today, President Obama is laying out a clear marker that he is willing to cut Social Security and other benefits to balance the budget, which breaks a promise he made when he was elected to office.  On September 6, 2008,  Senator Barack Obama told AARP members: "John McCain's campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of living adjustments or raise the retirement age.
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