AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

— As members of the the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Cleveland and Columbus are addressing environmental, economic and social factors that affect the health and well-being of older adults. Joining the network is a five-year commitment. Cleveland, now in its second year, has completed a survey to identify resources residents need to stay in their homes as they age, such as help with snow removal and home maintenance. Columbus, in its first year, is conducting a similar survey. By 2050, …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— Enjoy the smooth melodic and dynamic sounds of an amazing group of musicians with this AARP member discount. Now through May 2017, AARP members can take advantage of this 25% ticket discount for the remainder of the 2016-17 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season on Thursday evenings, Friday mornings, and Friday evenings during their current season and we want you to experience this amazing group of musicians. Season highlights include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman, plus many …

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— Join us – and hundreds of your colleagues – at Schmooza Palooza, a business expo and a fun, funky night of networking! We’re right beside you helping you get the most out of life here in our community. That’s why we’re connecting with you at fun and informative events like this one all across town. We’ll let you know to check out free movie screenings or enjoy discounted admission to a local museum or sporting event. “Schmooza Palooza is a …

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— The spirit of giving is upon us! That’s why City Church Cincinnati and AARP are spreading good cheer during this holiday season by offering to wrap your gifts for free. Just stop by on one of the two days below. While you wait help yourself to free refreshments (while supplies last), kids’ play area, uplifting volunteers, and information from the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you avoid fraud and scams, especially during the holidays. “With such busy schedules this …

Michael Link, 65, of Columbus, worries about the prospect of higher power bills. Photo by Maddie McGarvey

— By Sarah Hollander Every high electric bill that lands in Michael Link’s mailbox means a potential cut to his budget elsewhere. “I’m pretty fortunate that I can meet my basic needs, but still, there’s always that bucket list,” said the retired Social Security Administration manager. A $168 bill for his Columbus town house after a steamy summer month, for example, may mean fewer visits to out-of-town relatives. “You make your choices with the funds you have.” Link, 65, isn’t the …

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— Join us for our free webinar “Heart Advice: Family Caregivers in the Heartland” Thursday, October 27th at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT. Be part of an open and honest conversation with Maren Turner and Judy Davis Cole, family caregivers in Kansas. You’ll learn how caregiving has changed in the last few years and how Maren and Judy care for loved ones with strength and grace. They’ll also take your questions live. PLUS, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless …