COLUMBUS - Through December, the Golden Buckeye program will offer a daily "Golden Buckeye Savvy Shopper" tip on its page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ohiogoldenbuckeye). The tips offer daily advice about comparison shopping and finding discounts, as well as things consumers can do to keep themselves and their money safe, whether they are shopping at the mall, by phone or online.
"The advice we are offering consumers comes from more than 35 years of the Golden Buckeye program building relationships between Ohioans, the state, large and small businesses and their communities," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which operates the Golden Buckeye program. "Working together, we help older adults and people with disabilities live healthy, independent and rewarding lives. We are using new media tools and partnerships to empower our elders and strengthen our communities as we adapt to serve our growing and changing older population."
In addition to holiday shopping tips, followers of the Golden Buckeye Program Facebook page will learn about participating businesses across the state, get advice for healthy and active living and learn about state and community programs and resources. Business and community leaders can follow and interact with the page to reach new customers and learn about resources that can help them integrate the needs of their aging customers and residents into their plans and services.
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.
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About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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