AARP opposes action on land lines in lame duck session

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy COLUMBUS, OH – AT&T has returned to the Ohio Statehouse once again asking the state legislature to adopt a proposal that would have rural Ohioans lose their copper land line service, and also would deny them fiber optic cable service. AARP Ohio opposes moving this complex proposal during the lame duck session and is urging more study before legislators consider this proposal. Following is a statement by Jane Taylor, state director for AARP Ohio: “We must always be watching and …

Where Do Candidates Stand? Here’s Help

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy On Nov. 4, Ohio voters will decide who will represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each of the state’s 16 congressional districts is up for election. To help Ohioans make informed decisions at the polls, AARP has prepared a voters guide showing candidates’ public statements on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and saving for retirement. The candidates’ positions are presented side by side, giving voters an easy way to compare their views. AARP does not endorse candidates …

Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP is asking caregivers across the state to weigh in on what services could help them most. Answers will be collected and shared with policymakers to help meet the needs of Ohio families and reduce the costs of long-term care. At any given time, about 1.7 million Ohioans are serving as family caregivers, providing services valued at $17.5 billion annually. Supportive services for caregivers could result in more Ohioans continuing to live at home rather than moving into institutional care, …

Ohio 50+ Voters Worry About Falling Behind

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy COLUMBUS, OH – AARP earlier released an election-year survey showing that Ohioans age 50+ who are likely to vote in the November election worry about their financial futures. Many of those who are not now retired worry that a secure retirement will be out of reach for them. Voters 50+ say they want to see candidates focus on improving their financial security, as they believe their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living, especially health costs, taxes …

Governor’s Race Highlights Different Approaches

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Ben Lanka Voters in Ohio will have a critical decision to make this fall in choosing the state’s next governor. Gov. John Kasich (R) and Cuya­hoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) head a ballot that includes candidates for state attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state as well as 17 state Senate seats, all 99 state House seats and all 16 U.S. House seats. Kasich, 62, served 18 years in Congress before becoming governor in 2011. FitzGerald, 46, previously …

Many Ohioans at high risk of online financial fraud

Posted on 07/28/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy A new AARP study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a person’s vulnerability to online fraud. The report, “Caught in the Scammer’s Net”, a survey of 11,741 adults, including 1,018 in Ohio,  finds that 1,100,000 Ohio Internet users may be at increased risk of being victimized based on this new profile. The study, which compared victims and non-victims, finds that it is the combination of online behaviors and life experiences that …