— 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 …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us at events across Ohio this spring to fight back against fraud! The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, through Tuesday, May 16, …

— Now through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— As a presidential campaign battleground state and host to the Republican National Convention, Ohio has an opportunity to put the spotlight on candidates. AARP staff and volunteers are crisscrossing the state, urging candidates to explain their plans to keep Social Security in top financial shape and to take a leadership role on the issue. “We are at the center of the political universe this summer,” said Luke Russell, AARP state manager of advocacy and communications. “It’s a prime opportunity to …

— Today I joined volunteers and staff from Ohio headed to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, we carried these crucial asks: Asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act and also enlisted members of …

— By Sarah Hollander Cris Hughes credits the man who scammed her with giving her the energy and passion to help the next potential victim. When Hughes leads AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops, warning about new scams, she talks about the charlatan who reeled her in at church, where her guard was down. She bought into a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a solid investment. The Richmond Heights resident, 66, learned of Fraud Watch when she began looking for a volunteer opportunity …

— By Benjamin Lanka For Tamara James, it would be helpful if Ohioans stopped being so nice. James, interim state director for AARP Ohio, isn’t looking for Buckeyes to be rude, but some healthy skepticism would be beneficial in warding off scam attempts. “Our good manners get us in trouble,” she said, advising that “it’s OK to say no.” That is why James and the state organization recommend that people across Ohio—whether or not they are AARP members—participate in the AARP …