— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Ohio for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Unfair legislation forces all Ohio utility customers to pay $300 million increase for failing business AARP State Director Barbara A. Sykes announced AARP’s opposition to House Bill 6 that would saddle all Ohioans with a new, unfair and unnecessary annual $300 million nuclear bailout tax. Based on the legislation, one company, First Energy, stands to receive the majority of the newly created $300 million Clean Air Program Fund. “After the five previous attempts to bailout their failing business on the …

— AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2019 Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.  Other …

— Team Better Block engages communities by planning and orchestrating short-term local events to temporarily improve the physical and economic environment on a specific city block. Through participatory workshops, the team helps the community generate ideas about how to build on their city’s assets to improve public space. By using street furniture, outdoor seating, parklets, landscaping, pavement painting for bike lanes and crosswalks, and energizing public space with lively programming and local art, Team Better Block will utilize temporary changes in …

— Cincinnati is on several of America’s best cities lists. And there are no plans to stop. Come find how we’re on the move and plan to make Cincinnati a more livable community for everyone. AARP Cincinnati invites you to another Better Together event to celebrate Cincinnati with our guest, actress and comedian Kim Coles, best known for starring in the comedy series, Living Single. AARP Cincinnati has been in your community working with you and city leaders to make Cincinnati …

— A park in the village of McComb has new benches and play equipment, thanks to a $20,000 AARP challenge grant. The park is a focal point of this community of about 1,600 in northwestern Ohio. It features walking paths around two reservoirs, frequent games on four baseball diamonds and a zero-edge swimming pool, which allows people of all ages to enter with ease. In the winter, a free ice rink is open to everyone. Adult and multigenerational playgrounds boost physical …

— 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 …