— By Sarah Hollander The rebirth of a 1964 Ford Mustang is one of Bob Rankin’s favorite outcomes from the AARP Smart Driver course he teaches in the Cincinnati area. One older driver, nervous about traffic, had let her late husband’s classic Mustang languish in the garage for years. But by the end of the course, she felt confident enough to update the Mustang’s papers and hit the road. “She said, ‘Now I can drive it in my husband’s memory,’ ” recalled …

— 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 …

— Our veterans have served our country with pride, and AARP Ohio is proud to host our first Caring for Veterans and Their Caregivers information and resource fair on Saturday, November 12 with the Cleveland Veterans Administration.  We want to ensure that veterans and their caregivers have access to resources that help them live a healthy life.   The resource fair will include representatives from several departments within the VA, caregiving resources from AARP Ohio, and community support organizations. Walgreens will provide free flu …

— 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 …

— November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including 1.7 million Ohioans – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at more than $16.5 million in Ohio alone. Veronica Scott of Canal Winchester is one of these unsung heroes, and …

— By Amanda Garrett Only five steps stand between Adele Hamilton and the Cincinnati neighborhood outside her front door. But if no one is there to shepherd the retired Kroger cashier safely to flat ground, “she’s truly a prisoner in her own home,” said her daughter, Sandra Hamilton. It was a caregiver conundrum. Sandra considered nudging her mom toward a retirement community. But Adele, 88, said she wasn’t ready. When Sandra figured out how much a facility would cost, she looked …

— AARP Ohio is pressing for legislation that could improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers. The Ohio Caregiving Act would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. It would also require the hospital to notify the caregiver about discharge plans and to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical tasks the patient will need at home, such as managing medications, dressing wounds or giving injections. Nearly 1.5 million Ohioans serve as caregivers for their parents, spouses or …