Spread Some Good opens to assist pantries

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Starting today (Wednesday, August 27, 2014) and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 17, all 272 Walgreens stores in Ohio and Northern Kentucky will accept Spread Some Good donations of $1 or more at checkout registers to supply peanut butter to local food pantries across the state. “AARP Ohio initiated Spread Some Good four years ago when pantries reported senior hunger had risen dramatically,” Mike Barnhart, who volunteers as state president for AARP Ohio, said at this morning’s news conference kicking off …

Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing 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, …

Scorecard promotes policies that support independence

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Ohio ranks 44th compared to other states in report released Thursday, June 19: “Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers.” “This report highlights where Ohio is making progress and where we should continue to secure improvements in serving individuals and families with long-term care needs,” says Jane Taylor, state director for AARP Ohio. “It is noteworthy that of the 26 measures, Ohio improved on 8 measures, …

Bike Paths Boost Fitness and Business

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Noreen Willhelm When Mary Wiseman needs a break after a long day at work, she hops on her bicycle and heads to one of the roughly 330 miles of paved, off-street trails that wind through Dayton and surrounding counties. “I find it very relaxing; it gives me a sense of freedom,” said Wiseman, 52, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge. “It puts me in the middle of nature—I see great flora and fauna, even in the middle of …

Medicaid opening to Ohioans in low-wage jobs

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Beginning in January,  hard-working Ohioans in low-wage jobs who haven’t been able to get affordable health insurance will have a new option.\ For the first time, low-income Ohioans under age 65 without dependent children will qualify for Medicaid coverage. Low-income Ohioans with dependent children will be eligible at the same income level across the state. A recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling upholds the state Controlling Board’s vote to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to residents under 65 years …

Ohioans Spread Some Good

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Health & Wellbeing During the first two weeks of September, every Walgreens store in Ohio accepted Spread Some Good donations of $1 or more at checkout registers.  A total of $13,322.26 was donated by Walgreens customers statewide for this AARP Drive to End Hunger project. Donations totaling $10,990.01 will be used by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to make a bulk purchase of low-salt, low-sugar peanut butter for 12 food banks across the state.  Another $2,071.65 donated in the Greater Cincinnati area will …