Being a Family Caregiver Isn’t Easy

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Susan Ruiz Patton Janina Sawicki put her children through college by taking care of aging women in her home in the 1980s. Now one of her daughters is using what she learned at home and at college to take care of her mother. Sarah L. Becker, of Dayton, has been looking after Sawicki, 80, who has dementia, for more than five years. “I said for years, if something happened to my mother, I want to take care of my …

Stay Informed: Join Online Community

Posted on 12/16/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family To deepen its connection with members, AARP Ohio is encouraging those who enjoy social media to become part of its online community. Members who “like” AARP at facebook.com/aarpoh or “follow” at twitter.com/AARPOhio can get news, discounts and notices about AARP events. In addition, members can sign up for email updates at aarp.org/yes2emailOH. “Through these online media tools, members can stay informed and share strategies to make their lives better at 50-plus,” said Valerie Disalvio, AARP program specialist. AARP offers online …

Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

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

Home & Family 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, …

Take the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Vince McKelvey Bob Rankin, of suburban Cincinnati, spent part of his working life overseeing training, so it was only natural that, once he had taken an AARP Driver Safety course, he’d want to teach it. “They were talking about getting instructors,” said Rankin, 80, who spent 43 years with Ryerson Inc., a metals distribution company. “When I was working, I was the regional manager of training, and I said, ‘This looks pretty neat.’ ” That was in 2004. Now, as …

Uncork Your Inner Artist at Wine Party

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family A special event at Cheers to Art in Madeira on Saturday, May 17, will bring AARP members together to uncork their inner artists. Attendees can sip wine while an art instructor leads them in painting a Fountain Square scene in acrylics. No art experience is needed: The Cheers to Art staff offers simple, step-by-step instruction for painting the fountain scene on a 16-by-20-inch canvas. The studio provides all the supplies: canvas, paint, brushes, apron and easel. Cheers to Art is …

Ohioans Spread Some Good

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

Home & Family 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 …