— All Generations Can Benefit From Age Friendly Community Focus The new Golden Cincinnati initiative announced by Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld included several key measures ranging from an “Aging and Accessibility Czar” to tax incentives for residential projects that are age-friendly. State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara A. Sykes said, “When communities embrace the demographic wave of our aging population everyone wins. Crosswalks and sidewalks designed to accommodate the needs of older pedestrians also benefit the parent with toddlers …

— 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 …

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— Here in Columbus our office overlooks the Ohio Statehouse and today, even with the frigid effects of the record-breaking polar vortex, the turnout to pay respect to Ohio’s own Honorable Senator John Glenn is a steady stream, expected to reach the thousands before the evening is over.  AARP Ohio joins the nation and especially our great state of Ohio, as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Senator Glenn. “If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this …

— 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, …

— By Sarah Hollander Before a new senior transportation service spread citywide in Cleveland, Helen Dougherty depended on her son for rides or she stayed home. Now she takes a small bus from her apartment to the grocery store and medical appointments. With door-to-door service for $1.25 and no steep steps to challenge her replacement knees, Dougherty, 67, is a fan. “It certainly has made my life better,” she said. Affordable, accessible transportation is one of the key goals in efforts …

— By Doug Tayek, Associate State Director of Outreach for AARP Ohio in Cleveland   The City of Cleveland is in the midst of their second year of their five year commitment to become more “age-friendly” and on Tuesday, April 12, AARP Ohio joined the City of Cleveland’s Department of Aging to host the Age Friendly Cleveland Planning Summit. The day-long event was held at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, and the goal of the planning summit was to convene …

— By Tamara James, AARP Ohio Interim State Director The City of Columbus was welcomed into the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities yesterday at Columbus City Hall. In Ohio, only Columbus and Cleveland have been accepted to the network. In 2012, AARP became the exclusive affiliate in the United States of the World Health Organization’s global network. Since that time, 77 communities in 28 states and Washington DC have entered the AARP/WHO network, which means that 41 million Americans now …

— A highly cited AARP study shows that 90 percent of Ohioans want to continue living in their current homes as they age. Helping make that possible for homeowners in the Cincinnati area is the nonprofit organization People Working Cooperatively (PWC). “PWC’s mission is to perform critical home repairs and services so that low-income homeowners can remain in their homes living independently and healthier in a safe, sound environment,” explains PWC President Jock Pitts. “We galvanize 6,000 volunteers annually to help …

— By Nancy A. LeaMond We must make our streets safer! Today in our country a pedestrian suffers an injury every eight minutes and one is killed every two hours! That’s been an upward trend in recent years. In the decade from 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people nationwide died while walking on our streets, 16 times the number who died in natural disasters during the same period. More than 676,000 pedestrians were injured over the same decade. These tragedies …

— AARP Ohio is pleased to invite you to join members, volunteers, issue experts and leaders, and staff for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging on Monday, July 13. The Conference will be viewed via livestream video originating in Washington DC. When:      Monday, July 13, 2015 9:15 am           Registration and coffee 9:45 am           Opening remarks from AARP Ohio State President Michael Barnhart 10:00 am        Welcome Opening Panels on Caregiving and Financial Security Remarks from President Obama 12:20 pm        …