— Did you know that on the eve of its 60th Anniversary, AARP announced a $60 million investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund to deepen our commitment to helping people living with dementia and family caregivers? You are invited to stop by the AARP Ohio booth at one of the below Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s to learn more about AARP in your community and AARP’s tools, information and support available for family caregivers. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause …

— BJ Blanchard was selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Ohio selected Blanchard for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. She has been volunteering as an Ombudsman Associate at Long Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) for over 25 years. LTCO …

— 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other utility companies to charge customers a special subsidy designed to offset costs associated with upgrading their outdated nuclear plants.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legislation, Ohioans can be charged on their electric bills to subsidize aging nuclear power plants, including the outdated nuclear power plants FirstEnergy has indicated they would like to sell.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 …

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 …

— Every 20 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. And especially this holiday season, it’s important to know how to beat con artists at their own game. Come to one of the five Cleveland area AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops listed below to hear about con artists’ latest tricks, how to keep your personal information from falling into the wrong hands, and what to do if it does. All workshops are Saturday, Dec. 12. and are only one hour in length. AARP …

— 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 Elliot Grossman SHARONVILLE, Ohio – As a mother, Debbie McConnell has devoted much of her life to helping others. So after hearing about AARP’s Life Reimagined event in Sharonville, she decided she would spend a day there concentrating on her own needs. At the end of the day, she left determined to undertake more projects that would give her a sense of accomplishment, including writing a blog for parents of children with disabilities. “The experience has given me energy, …

— AARP is hosting a series of listening sessions in communities around our three largest cities – Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati – to hear our members’ ideas, concerns and thoughts about key issues that impact Ohioans age 50 and over. Your input and voice are valued as we go to our members and their friends to hear what Ohio’s 50+ population has to say about topics that affect their health and financial security and influence their personal fulfillment. These moderated conversations …

— It’s an action-packed day when the Youngstown State Penguins face off against the South Dakota Jackrabbits on Saturday, Oct. 17, with tailgate fun, private behind-the-scenes tour, a homecoming parade at 2 pm and kickoff at 4 pm. Stop by the AARP tent between 10 am until kickoff at 4 pm in the M-17 Rulli Brothers parking lot for refreshments and  information on the private behind-the-scenes tour for AARP members and their guests before the Homecoming Parade. We’ll be there with …