Larke Recchie

— Central Ohio resident Larke Recchie, 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. Recchie, is the Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) which represents the state’s network of twelve regional Area Agencies on …

— 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other utility companies to charge customers a special subsidy designed to offset costs associated with upgrading their outdated nuclear plants.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 …

— Unfair legislation saddles Ohioans with yet another subsidy for failing business practices Ohio Senate Bill 128 has been introduced, and under the proposed legislation, Ohioans can be charged on their electric bills to subsidize aging nuclear power plants, including the outdated nuclear power plants FirstEnergy has indicated they would like to sell. FirstEnergy provides electric service to about two million Ohio residential consumers. Ohio’s Consumer Counsel has done some early calculations and is estimating the cost of the legislation for …

— Greek constellation mythology is fascinating for children and adults alike. But some stories are not meant for children’s ears. Join us to hear more about Mythology and Sex in Space on Wednesday, April 5 at the Cincinnati Observatory. The event runs from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. Astronomer Dean Regas will share the best, grossest, sexiest stellar legends from Greek mythology including Zeus’ affairs, gory deaths, the castration of Uranus, and the real origin-story for the goddess Venus. This adults-only version will …

—  AARP OHIO CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH AARP Ohio will celebrate Black History Month from January to March, with a campaign highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of Ohio’s African Americans/Blacks both past and present, beginning with remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year’s observance recognizes and celebrates contemporary African Americans/Blacks who were the first to have achieved phenomenal accomplishments and helped show future generations how ‘Real Possibilities’ can be turned into realities. …

—   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 …

— Earlier this month we were thrilled to collaborate with the Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. (AKA), the nation’s oldest predominately African American sorority, to present six screenings of Hidden Figures in Cleveland. The ‘Pink Carpet Premier’ set a new national attendance record for AARP Movies for Grown Ups events. More than 900 Ohioans were engaged in the opportunity to view this important and critically-acclaimed film with their sorority sisters, friends, and family members. Hidden Figures is the …

— 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 …

Ohio Statehouse

— 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 …