— AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into Real Possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families. If you’re interested in having fun and making an impact with new friends, then volunteering with AARP might be the answer. AARP Sip, Sample and Serve Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Presidential Banquet Center 4548 Presidential Way Kettering, OH 45429 You and your guest are invited to join AARP Ohio at the Presidential …

— By Sarah Hollander An older woman withdraws $300 a month for years from her local bank. Suddenly, she’s withdrawing large amounts at atypical times. She could be paying for a new water heater or a grandson’s tuition. She might also be in the grip of a scammer draining her savings. This is the kind of scenario state Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) had in mind when he sponsored a bill requiring financial professionals to report potential elder fraud. The legislation, backed …

— AARP Ohio Applauds House Decision to End First Energy Nuclear Hearings The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee suspended further hearings for a proposed bill which would have allowed First Energy and other utility companies to charge customers a special subsidy designed to offset costs associated with upgrading their outdated nuclear plants.   “On behalf of the 1.5 million AARP members across Ohio, and their families I want to extend my thanks to the Ohio House committee and members for recognizing …

— AARP has a long history of fighting for affordable health care and against attempts to cut Medicare. That’s why we’re worried about what’s happening in Washington D.C. Medicare is the bedrock of health security for all Americans as they age. It helps keep older people out of poverty and enables them to live with independence and dignity. In Ohio, we know what a vital program Medicare is. Currently, more than 2 million people in Ohio are on Medicare, and another …

—   Northeast Ohio resident Semanthie Brooks, ACSW, LISW, has recently been appointed to the AARP Ohio Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers, who work with the Ohio office and other volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state activities in support of AARP priority issues framed by the AARP National Board of Directors. Brooks, is a community volunteer and retiree of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. During her tenure she held a variety of leadership …

— As the 132nd General Session for Ohio convened, Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced the formation of a new standing committee on Aging & Long-Term Care to focus on the strategies and solutions that can support Ohioans and their families as they age. State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara A. Sykes said, “The aging of our population is a demographic wave that will reshape every community in this state, our nation – and most of the world. We …

— By Sarah Hollander Four years ago, Cindy Byington converted her Columbus dining room into a bedroom so her mother, Josephine, 91, could move in. Her mom is still pretty self-sufficient, but she needs a special diet, higher than normal heat, rides to appointments and other daily care. “I love having my mom with me,” said Byington, a senior ad agency account manager. “But practically speaking, whether it’s a child or a parent, caring for someone just costs more.” She welcomes …

— The Ohio Caregiving Act proposed by AARP Ohio and passed by the Ohio General Assembly will give important new support to more than a million family caregivers, who help parents, spouses, and other loved one live independently at home. The new act, which ensures hospital patients’ designated family caregivers are offered instruction in providing needed care at home, won unanimous support in both houses of the Legislature: 31-0 in the Senate and 95-0 in the House. Ohio is the 35th …

— 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 …

— AARP Criticizes PUCO’s First Energy Ruling as a Corporate Bailout Funded by Ohio Consumers and a Dangerous Precedent Rider ignores benefits competitive energy market brings Ohio consumers and businesses; harmful to financial security of all Ohioans Trey Addison, Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP Ohio issued a statement today in response to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s (PUCO) decision to accept a First Energy rider that could result in $1 Billion in additional fees to Ohio’s consumers over …