Ohioans Tell Candidates What it’s Like to Walk in Their Shoes

Posted on 09/28/22 by Kim Schuette

Are candidates listening to voters 50+? Do they understand their concerns?

We’ve heard from thousands of people: Telling us about their day-to-day lives. Sharing about the stress they feel about the future. They are unable to save enough for retirement—or dipping into nest eggs just to pay for everyday expenses. Many Ohioans have had to pay thousands out of their own pockets to care for their loved ones while also juggling jobs, often without paid leave.

Voters 50+ have a lot on their plates—and are feeling invisible and ignored. Here in Ohio, we know that many older adults are worried about rising costs for basic needs like food, gas and medication. Here are just two of them.

Karen said, "I had to close my business because of COVID. There are not many jobs willing to hire a 60+ woman. Retirement will probably not happen until I am unable to work. I work three jobs and do not receive benefits."

Gwen said, "My position was eliminated at 61. Any jobs considering me pay $40K less. Part-time jobs are entry level, low paying jobs which I don't qualify for. This is discouraging. I was a market analyst that reported to a VP.

With just weeks left until the midterm election, it’s more urgent than ever for candidates to listen to this powerful constituency—to understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes—and focus on the issues that matter to them.

50+ voters here in Ohio will decide this election, and they're looking for candidates who will listen. Politicians ignore them at their own risk.

Tell candidates what it’s like to walk in YOUR shoes. Visit aarp.org/inmyshoes today.

This story is provided by AARP Ohio. Visit the AARP Ohio page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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