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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2010

Golden Buckeye program offers holiday shopping tips via Facebook

Daily advice will cover finding discounts, online shopping, safety and more

COLUMBUS - Throughout the month of December, the Ohio Department of Aging will offer a "Golden Buckeye Holiday Shopping Tip of the Day" on its page on Facebook. Facebook members who visit www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging and click the "Like" button at the top of the page will receive daily advice about comparison shopping and finding discounts, as well as things they can do to keep themselves and their money safe, whether they are shopping at the mall, by phone or online.

"The holiday season is a joyous time of gift giving, and shopping for those gifts can be an enjoyable social activity," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. "We're pleased to do our part to help the more than two million Golden Buckeye cardholders and others make their money go further, build lasting relationships with Ohio merchants and avoid some of the pitfalls that may come with crowded shops, traffic and online security."

In addition to holiday shopping tips, subscribers to the department's page on Facebook also will receive periodic notifications of new businesses that have joined the program, as well as existing merchants that have reaffirmed their commitment to Golden Buckeye cardholders. Subscribers also will receive timely updates about current issues affecting older Ohioans, department programs and initiatives, local activities and resources, and more.

More than two million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye card, honored at 20,000 businesses statewide. Golden Buckeye cardholders have saved an estimated $2 billion since the program's launch in 1976. All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye card. Visit www.GoldenBuckeye.com to learn more and to find participating businesses in your area.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.