— 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 is cosponsoring the 2017 Midwest Black Family Reunion, Aug. 18-20, in Cincinnati. The annual event celebrates the historic strengths and values of the black family. Since its founding in 1989, the reunion has grown into a three-day festival that typically draws about 25,000 visitors. The 2017 celebration will include a parade; rhythm and blues, gospel and jazz concerts; poetry and spoken word performances; pavilions for children and older people; a job fair; health screenings; and breakfast during the opening ceremony. …

— 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 …

— Gain confidence in using a tablet or smartphone by taking a free workshop sponsored by AARP and AT&T. The AARP TEK (Technology, Education and Knowledge) workshops help people 50-plus get comfortable with using mobile technology to gather information, take photos and stay connected with family and friends. The TEK workshop will be held in Columbus on April 4-5. Two-hour sessions in the morning are designed for beginners and in the afternoon for those with intermediate skills. Devices will be provided …

— Only one week left! Pick up a free copy of the AARP HomeFit Guide at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show when you visit our exhibit inside the Duke Energy Convention Center. The AARP HomeFit Guide is aimed at helping family caregivers and those who want to stay in the homes they love with tips to make them safe and suitable for anyone. Spin the wheel at the AARP exhibit for a chance to win prizes. Join the thousands of …