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Golden Buckeye Program

Golden Buckeye: Making community connections since 1976.

The Golden Buckeye program is a service of the Ohio Department of Aging.

Ask wherever you spend money for a Golden Buckeye or senior discount.

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Open to Ohio residents age 60 or older, as well as adults with disabilities.

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The Golden Buckeye Program

 Making community connections since 1976

Golden Buckeye: Making Community Connections since 1976The Golden Buckeye program has been helping older Ohioans and other eligible adults make community connections for more than four decades. Nearly 2.5 million Ohioans are eligible for the Golden Buckeye card, including all Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security. The program empowers older Ohioans to become active, loyal customers who seek value and reward quality.

The Golden Buckeye program is a service of the Ohio Department of Aging. For assistance using the card or for referral to local services and supports, please call 1-800-422-1976.

Where to Use Your Card - The best way to engage and save is to ask anywhere you spend money about a Golden Buckeye or other discount for which you may qualify. Some, but not all, participating merchants display the Golden Buckeye logo on their door, in their window or at the checkout, and some will ask if you have a Golden Buckeye Card. 

Merchants of all types voluntarily offer special savings or deals for Golden Buckeye cardholders. Types of businesses and services that may honor the Golden Buckeye Card include:

  • A variety of local businesses and services honor the Golden Buckeye Card.Food, Dining and Entertainment: Bakeries, high school events, grocery stores, museums, specialty markets and restaurants
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Dentists, fitness equipment stores, fitness centers, optometrists and sporting goods stores
  • Home and Auto: Auto services, bike repair shops, hardware stores, home improvement stores, home repairs, maintenance, landscaping and nurseries
  • Lodging: Bed and breakfasts, camping and RV parks and Ohio State Parks
  • Pets: Pet groomers and veterinary clinics
  • Other: Craft and sewing stores, florists, hair styling, resale shops and more!

Below are some examples of the types of businesses that participate in the Golden Buckeye program and the types of savings they offer. Follow our page on Facebook for more business suggestions and tips.

Plant a seed of sunshine with Golden Buckeye

Save on dining out with Golden Buckeye Ohio winters seem to bring endless days of gray skies. If you're longing for some signs of spring, stop in your locally owned garden center. Browsing those tiny, colorful packets of seeds can bring a bit of sunshine into your life. Take some home and have fun with the family planning and planting your spring garden indoors. Below are just a few examples of participating garden centers. Remember to ask for a Golden Buckeye or senior discount, if eligible, wherever you find your packets of sunshine.

Broadway Garden Center
4458 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland | 216-883-2420
10% off excluding sale items.

Corso’s Flower and Garden Center  
3404 Milan Road, Sandusky | 800-535-9420
10% off on Wednesdays only on regularly priced items. Excludes landscape services.

Hillcrest Garden Center  
2846 State Route 800 NE, Dover | 330-364-2134
6% off of purchases.

Knollwood Garden Center & Landscaping  
3766 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek | 937-426-0861
5% off regularly priced retail merchandise.

Oakland Nursery   
Locations in Columbus, Delaware, Dublin and New Albany | 614-268-3511
10% off regularly priced items. Cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or specials.

Petitti Garden Centers 
Several locations throughout Northern Ohio | 440-439-8636
10% off regularly priced items, Wednesdays only.

Siebenthaler’s Centerville Garden Center 
6000 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville | 937-434-1326
10% off regularly priced items, Wednesdays only.

Wilson’s Garden Center  
10923 Lambs Lane, Newark | 740-763-2873
10% off regularly priced items, Wednesdays only.

Ask the merchant for discount details. Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts, offers, coupons, sales or specials.


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We recommend asking anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). Here are a few businesses that have recently signed up, confirmed their participation in the program or updated their offers to cardholders. Please check them out and show your appreciation for their participation.

Hughes Body Shop
421 1/2 North Gilbert Street, Ada | 419-634-4841
10% off labor.

Keenan Body Shop
2814 Kennan Avenue, Dayton | 937-277-2814
10% off labor.

Maaco Auto Painting Bodwork
2581 Ferris Road and 6301 East Main Street, Columbus | 614-383-8979
Ask for discount details.

Getz's Body Shop
321 Stratavon Drive, NW, North Canton | 330-499-5795
10% off deductible or out of pocket amounts (does not apply to insurance claim amounts) $50 maximum savings.

Andy's Broadview Heights Auto Body, Inc.
10135 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights | 440-838-4343
10% off labor.

Andy & Ron's Body Shop
3933 Crary Drive, Toledo | 419-475-6655
10% off up to $100 on repairs, can not be combined with other discounts or offers.

McMaken's IGA
1 McMaken Lane, Brookville | 937-833-2118
5% Tuesdays and Thursdays only, excludes items not permitted by law.

Bakers Square Restaurant & Pie
Locations in Parma Heights, North Olmsted and Mentor | 440-888-8058
10% off purchase, excludes whole pies.

Stahl's Nursery
4025 Hill Street, Little Hocking | 740-989-2271
10% off purchase, excludes sale items.

North Branch Nursery
3359 Kesson Road, Pemberville | 419-287-4679
5% off purchase in garden center on Wednesdays. Excludes landscaipe installations, maintenance services and delivery orders. Must show card to receive discount.

Long Tail Knits
9838 Valley View Road, Macedonia | 234-808-4383
10% off purchase, excludes lessons, workshops and Ashford products.

St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
2942 West Sylvania Avenue, Toledo | 419-720-3370
10% off all items. Can not be combined with other discounts.

Cycle Start, LLC
1254 Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron | 330-604-4435
5% off of total invoice of machine tool repair service.

Shelby Thrift Store
42-44 West Main Street, Shelby | 567-844-0600
10% off regularly priced items.

The 530 Shop
530 Broadway, Lorain | 440-244-6869
10% off of purchase.

Church Women United Thrift Store
712 Scott Street, Holland | 419-865-2300
10% off of purchase.

Mary Catherine's Antiques
1130 North High Street, Columbus | 614-291-4837
10% regularly priced items.

Mkat's Antiques
712 Scott Street, Napoleon | 419-262-8123
10% with $25.00 or more purchase.

The Carriage House of Lafayette
1735 Cumberland Street, London | 740-852-5297
10% off purchase. Closed Mondays.

Diana's Gift Shop
6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road, Hubbard | 330-502-8364
10% off $5.00 or more purchase, regularly priced items, can not on discounted or sale items

Worthington Thrift Shop
5600 North High Street, Worthington | 614-848-8408
10% off of purchase.

Bob-O-Link Golf Course
4141 Center Road, Avon | 440-934-6217
Discount varies, please inquire.

Lincoln Hills Golf Club
5377 County Highway 330, Upper Sandusky | 419-294-3037
Discount on membership, please inquire.

Oak Harbor Golf Club
10433 West Oak Harbor Southeast Road, Oak Harbor | 419-898-1493
Ask for details.

Ottowa Park Golf Course
2315 Walden Pond Drive, Toledo | 419-472-2059
Ask for details.

Tamer Win Golf & C.C.
3020 Niles Cortland Road, NE, Cortland | 330-637-2881
Ask for details.

Advance Medical
Kettering and Springfield locations | 937-398-0682
10% off purchase, excludes bath supplies.

Advance Medical Supply
4840 West Broad Street, Columbus | 614-870-0111
Ask for discount details.

CPAP EquipSource
6629 Engle Road, Suite 106, Middleburg Heights | 1-440-625-0660
10% off total purchase.

Essential Medical Shop
8385 North Main Street, Dayton | 937-890-0449
Ask for discount details. Free delivery.

Genesis Oxygen & Home Medical Equipment
Several locations around Ohio | 740-354-4363
Ask for discount details.

GetActive Health & Wellness
1875 East Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-397-1998
Ask for discount details. Free deliver & set-up within 50 mile store radius. Excludes additional offers, coupons, discounts.

Seeley Medical
Several locations in Northern Ohio | 800-473-3539
Ask for discount details. Cannot be combined with insurance or co-pay.

Fabric Shop
110 West Main Street, Pomeroy | 740-992-2284
10% purchase, excludes sale items.

Banasch's Sewing Supplies
603 Brooklyn Avenue, Suite B, Milford | 513-731-2040
10% purchase, excludes sale items.

Sew Nice
200 West Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky | 419-294-2200
5% off Monday and Tuesday.

Calico Cupboard
7216 Hazelton Etna Road, Pataskala | 740-927-2636
10% off purchase, must present Golden Buckeye Card.

Slezak sewing center
15785 Broadway Avenue, Maple Heights | 216-475-1134
Ask for details on machine repairs.

LouAnn's Sewing Shoppe
915 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge | 740-432-3454
10% off all purchases or services.

GCR Tires & Service
4710 State Road, Ashtabula | 440-993-8566
Ask for details.

New Uses General Store
Locations in Dublin and Reynoldsburg | 614-760-7283
10% regularly priced items every Wednesday.

Sit Stay Grow
Central Ohio | 614-450-0026
5% off up to $20 off first service only. Must present Golden Buckeye Card.

Rick's Tavern & Grille
5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield | 513-505-0663
10% off  food, dine in only, excludes daily specials.

Riversedge Campground and Marina
520 North Riverview Road, Malta | 740-962-2267
10% off , excludes holiday weekends, monthly and seasonal campers.

Drs. Franklin, Plotnick & Carl
6204 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati | 513-731-1106
10% off services dental services.

Kennedy Eye Center
1558 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron | 330-922-4040
Ask for discount details.

Streetside 62 Bistro
2007 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House | 740-335-6262
Free beverage with purchase, excludes alcoholic beverages.

Hiser's Automatic Transmission Specialists
1716 Camp Street, Sandusky | 419-625-1684
10% off repairs.

Dallis Steak House
3320 Glendale Avenue, Toledo | 419-360-9508
10% off total regularly priced items. Must show Golden Buckeye Card. Can not be combined with other discounts.

Bay Carts
50 Chapman Road, Put-In-Bay | 419-285-5785
5% off purchases.

J & M Brushless Car Wash
238 Boardman-Canfield Road, Youngstown | 330-758-4743
10% off car wash.

Sandy Springs Campground
27719 US Highway 52, Stout | 701-640-7858
10% off fees. Cannot be combined with other offers and may be limited on holiday weekends.

Apple a Day Nutritional Center
600 South Blanchard Street and inside Great Scot, 2021 Broad Avenue. | 419-423-3973
10% off vitamins and herbs, excludes food items.

Dietary Health Foods
42985 North Ridge Road, Elyria | 440-233-6381
15% off vitamins only.

Healthy Alternative Natural Food Markets
Locations in Beavercreek and North Dayton | 937-426-7772
Ask for discount details.

Health In Hand Natural Health Food Store
639 North Pierce Avenue, Lancaster | 740-687-0306
10% off vitamins and supplements only.

Hobart Health Foods
Pearl Road, Cleveland and Great Northern Blvd, North Olmsted | 440-888-5656
10% off vitamins and supplements.

Hobart Health Foods
15001 Madison Avenue, Lakewood | 216-221-2633
10% off vitamins and supplements.

HSU & Co.
3 Locations in Central Ohio | 800-628-8420
10% off Fridays on regularly priced items.

Vital Choice Health Store
9243 West Sprague Road, North Royalton | 440-885-9505
5% off regular and sale priced items (some exclusions apply).

Wooster Natural Foods
138 East Liberty Street, Wooster | 330-264-9797
10% off purchase.

TJ's Restaurant
359 West Liberty Street, Wooster | 330-264-6263
10% off entree only.

C.W. Burgerstein's
359 West Liberty Street, Wooster | 330-264-8165
10% off purchase, as allowed by law.

Gel's IGA
451 Stacher Drive, St. Henry | 419-678-4249
5% off as allowed by law, Tuesday only.

Hogue's Super Market
855 Kilbourne Street, Bellevue | 419-483-2310
5% off as allowed by law, Tuesday only.

Al's Meat Market
740 West Main Street, Newark | 740-344-3130
5% off purchase.

Cooper Farms Country Turkey Store
22348 County Road 140, Oakwood | 419-594-3325
10% off select items.

Peter Gregory Florist
9214 Floral Avenue, Cincinnati | 513-891-3040
10% off all purchases excluding out-of-town wire orders.

Factory Direct Sales
400 South Elm Street, Bellefontaine | 937-404-5559
Ask for discount details.

Barnes Nursery
Locations in Huron, Port Clinton, Bellevue, Elyria | 419-433-5525
10% off Tuesday, excludes bulk and sale items.

Stahl's Nursery
4025 Hill Street, Little Hocking | 740-989-2271
10% off purchase, excludes specials.

Pearl Brookpark Car Wash
5133 Pearl Road, Cleveland | 216-661-8030
20% off services.

Vic's Floral
7100 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland | 216-341-4758
10% off purchase, excludes wire orders out of town.

Sweet William Blossom Boutique
90 West 2nd Street, Chillicothe | 740-779-9600
Ask for discount details.

Mary K's Flowers and Gifts
195 North Main Street, Mt. Gilead | 419-947-3488
10% off regularly priced items.

PDQ Florist
1127 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge | 740-439-4377
10% off local orders.

Helen's Flowers & Gifts
1146 Sweitzer Street, Greenville | 937-548-3008
10% off cash and carry only.

Jeff's Flowers
48 South Chestnut Street, Jefferson | 440-576-4836
10% off regularly priced items.

Beavercreek Florist
2173 North Fairfield Road, Fairfield | 937-426-4253
10% off local deliveries or in store purchase, not valid with other discounts or sale items.

Lee Winters Florist
2352 Detroit Avenue, Maumee | 419-893-3220
10% off purchase, excludes wire orders out of town.

Ange's Pizza
Several locations in Central Ohio | 614-784-9000
10% off purchase, not valid with other offers or discounts.

Velvet Ice Cream - Ye Olde Mill
11324 Mount Vernon Road, Utica | 740-892-3921
10% off ice cream and food.

Barlett Cook Flower Shoppe
125 Main Street, Wadsworth | 330-335-8581
10% off purchase, excludes wire service out of town.

Paradise Pet Resort
2100 Paradise Lane, Springfield | 937-323-4094
10% off dog boarding. Must complete a meet-and-greet prior to boarding.

Old Tippecanoe Veterinary Hospital
5100 Soutn County Road 25A, Tipp City | 937-667-1441
10% off services.

Park-N-Go
2700 West National Road, Dayton | 937-890-7275
15% off full service valet parking. Must show card on arrival or enter code GB15 at online checkout.

Busken Bakery
Several locations in the Cincinnati area | 513-871-2253
10% off on Mondays.

Wild About Birds
1133 Main Street, Milford | 513-248-2044
10% off of purchases. Must present Golden Buckeye card.

The Fawn Candy
Two locations in Cincinnati | 513-574-9612
10% off of all purchases.

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street, Columbus (Some services offered at Dublin facility.)  | 614-292-3551
5% off veterinary services. Must present Golden Buckeye Card.

The Family Pet Clinic
5151 Turney Road, Garfield Heights | 216-662-1770
10% off professional services.

Oak Pointe Veterinary Care
3165 Reese Road NW, Dover | 740-229-4065
10% off.

Fremont Animal Hospital
2357 Sean Drive, Fremont | 419-332-2659
3% off, excludes prescription diets.

Day Heights Veterinary Clinic
5628 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, Milford | 513-248-0904
10% off professional services, excludes food and medications.

Maple Run Veterinary Clinic
4400 State Route 61, Mt. Gilead | 419-946-8456
$5.00 off office visit.

Lewis Animal Hospital
5104 Lewis Avenue, Toledo | 419-476-9105
10% off office visit and vaccines.

Therapeutic Massage by Leandre
Locations in Lancaster and New Lexington | 740-605-0427
10% off massage or massage package.

Jay Dee Cleaners
878 East 111nd Street, Euclid | 216-731-7060
10% off dry cleaning only. Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Murray Hill Farm
102 West Hamilton Street, Oberlin | 440-724-4730
10% off purchase of a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.

McMahon Technology Services
Serves Mahnoning and Trumbull Counties | 330-538-8466
Ask for discount details.

Marie's Sweets
310 North Garver Road, Monroe | 443-205-2778
10% off purchase, Saturday and Sunday only.

Vapor Joe's
2365 Maple Avenue, Zanesville | 740-487-0483
10% off as allowed by law.

RD Bike Shop
128 Second Street, NW, Barberton | 330-848-2453
10% off purchase, excludes bikes and sale items.

BikeSource
Two locations in Central Ohio| 614-459-1200
Ask for discount details.

Bike Authority
7979 Broadview Road Unit 1 | 440-546-9966
10% off accessories.

Spoke Life Cycles - Elmore
453 Maple Street, Elmore | 419-862-1000
Ask for discount details.

Spoke Life Cycles - Fremont
107 North Ohio Avenue, Fremont | 419-332-4481
Ask for discount details.

Jack's Heating Air Conditioning, & Plumbing, Inc.
450 Olive Street, Findlay | 419-422-7313
10% off purchase or service.

Lewis Animal Hospital
5104 Lewis Avenue, Toldeo | 419-476-9105
10% off office visit and vaccine.

The Waterworks
550 Schrock Road, Columbus | 614-253-7246
Ask for discount details.

Creations by Christine
2215 6th Street SW, Suite B, Canton | 330-904-6284
10% off all alterations, services and purchases.

Rothenbuhler Cheese Chalet
15815 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield | 440-632-6000
10% off cheese and meats, Tuesday only.

JSMT Media
Serves all Ohio | 908-461-1291
Ask for discount details.

Salon Jia Li And Spa
36840 Detroit Road, Avon | 440-934-1270
10% off of services only. Not valid on retail products.

Chagrin Valley Wellness Center
25901 Emery Road, Suite 103, Warrensville Heights | 216-364-0152
10% off of services only.

Spiech Mens & Boys Wear
37 North Main Street, Hubbard | 330-534-5295
10% off purchase, excludes sale items.

Silver's Vogue Shop
27 West Federal Street, Youngstown | 330-744-7819
Ask for discount details.

Ron & Nita's
132 South Main Avenue, Sidney | 937-492-0198
10% off purchase, excludes sale items.

Papillon Boutique
1100 Croy Drive, Suite K, Findlay | 419-424-1114
Ask for discount details.

Jack's Men's Wear
3414 Dorr Street, Toledo | 419-536-1551
10% off purchase.

Mabe's Clothing & Athletic Apparel
18 South Main Street, London | 740-852-1262
10% off purchase, excludes sporting goods and sale items.

Day Heights Veterinary Clinic
5628 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, Milford | 513-248-0904
10% off professional services. Excludes food and medications.

Fremont Animal Hospital
2357 Sean Drive, Fremont | 419-332-2659
3% off purchase. Excludes prescription diet food.

Eddie Bauer Warehouse and Outlet Store
4599 Fisher Road, Columbus | 614-278-9281
20% off on select Wednesdays. Ask for discount details.

Carroll's Men's Shop
541 Main Street, Coshocton | 740-622-4935
10% off purchase, excludes sale items.

Miller's Market Norwalk
117 Whittlesey Avenue, Norwalk | 419-668-9344
5% off regularly priced items as allowed by law.

Mutts & Co.
Several locations in Central Ohio | 614-245-0654
10% total purchase, excludes grooming and gift card purchase.

Winner's Market
10 West High Street, Jeffersonville | 740-426-6331
5% off on Tuesdays, as allowed by law.

Cote D'ivoire Internationale
Look for her items at local festivals and events in the Cleveland area | 216-397-0645
Ask for discount details.

City View Tavern
403 Oregon Street, Cincinnati | 513-241-8439
15% off total purchase, excludes alcohol. Can not be combined with other discounts.

Shari's Berries
Online retailer of sweet treats and gifts. | 877-237-7437
15% off sitewide purchase, enter code EMP15.

Thomas G. Leatherman, DDS
6100 South Broadway Suite 300, Lorain | 440-233-8521
Ask for discount details.

Handyman Matters, Inc.
1515 Bethel Road Suite 110, Columbus | 614-914-5542
5% off, excludes materials.

Plaza Donuts
Locations in Youngstown, Boardman, Liberty and WRTA bus station | 330-759-0091
$.50 off per dozen donuts.

The Inn at Brandywine Falls
8230 Brandwine Road, Northfield | 330-467-1812
10% off Sunday through Thursday, January through April

Med West Eyecare
555 West Schrock Road, Suite B, Westerville | 614-891-0350
15% off exam, 20% off eyeglasses. Cannot be combined with insurance, discounts or specials.

Papa John's Pizza
Locations in Warrensville Center Road Maple Heights, 25th Street and East Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Royalton Road North Royalton, Pearl Road Strongsville, and Belmont Avenue Youngstown.
25% off purchase, excludes wings. Not to be combined with other discounts, specials or coupons.

Pastina Rustic Italian Kitchen
9354 Mentor Avenue, Mentor | 440-255-3117
10% off of cardholder's entree. Not to be combined with other discounts, specials or coupons.

Felicity IGA
412 Light Street, Felicity | 513-876-2631
1% off purchase, excludes items not permitted by law.

Mooney's Bakery
231 Broad Street, Conneaut | 440-593-6747
5% off on Tuesdays.

LC Bookkeeping & Tax Services
230 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati | 513-771-9500
15% off all tax and bookkeeping services, free initial consulation.

Ohio Tax Lady
19 East Main Street, Newton Falls | 330-872-0513
Ask for details.

Federal Income Tax Service
533 South Yearling Road, Columbus | 614-235-0600
10% off tax services.

Nenni & Company, CPAs
1064 North University Blvd., Middletown | 513-424-1939
Free 1/2 hour consulation for new clients.

 

 


 

Disclaimer of Endorsement: Business information shared on the Golden Buckeye and Ohio Department of Aging webpages and social media channels is self-reported by the listed businesses. Listings are intended as examples of the types of businesses that participate in the program and are not inclusive of all participating businesses. Businesses that honor the Golden Buckeye Card do so voluntarily, pay no fee to participate, and receive no compensation from the State of Ohio for their participation. No other business relationship between the business and the Ohio Department of Aging exists or should be inferred. The Ohio Department of Aging does not recommend or endorse any listed business or any products or services offered by a listed business. Any correspondence or business dealing between any user of this webpage and any listed business are solely between the user and the listed business. The Ohio Department of Aging shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind as a result of any such business dealings or the listing of a business on the Golden Buckeye and Ohio Department of Aging webpages and social media channels.

 

The Golden Buckeye CardHow to Get a Card - Ohio residents who hold current Ohio Driver Licenses or State ID cards automatically receive their Golden Buckeye cards in the month of their 60th birthdays. Individuals who do not have a current license or State ID, as well as people under age 60 who are eligible due to disability, or who otherwise do not receive their card automatically, may apply for a card at most public libraries and senior centers. Due to ID, age and disability (when appropriate) verification requirements, you cannot apply for a Golden Buckeye card online or by phone.

How to Get a Replacement Card - If your Golden Buckeye card has been lost, stolen or damaged, call 1-866-301-6446 to request a replacement.

Your privacy is important!

The Golden Buckeye program does not track your shopping habits or sell or otherwise share your personal information with marketers. We only use your contact information to send you your card and requested information.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to get a Golden Buckeye Card?

The Golden Buckeye program is open to all Ohio residents age 60 or older.

You may also qualify for a Golden Buckeye Card if you are age 18 to 59 and have a permanent and total disability (as defined by Social Security).

I thought the age for a Golden Buckeye card was 55. When did it change?

In 1976, when the program launched, the minimum age of eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card was 65. In 1985, the age of eligibility was lowered to 60, where it has remained.

From 1985 to 1988, the Golden Buckeye Card partnered with the Southwestern Bell Silver Saver card, which was available to Ohioans age 55 and older, but the age of eligibility for Golden Buckeye was still 60.

How do I apply for a Golden Buckeye card?

For most Ohio residents age 60 or older, there is no need to apply. We automatically mail Golden Buckeye Cards to Ohio residents with a current Ohio Driver License or ID card in or before the month of their 60th birthdays.

  • If you have a license or ID card, but do not automatically receive your Golden Buckeye card, it may be because your mailing address on file with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is incorrect. If that is the case, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to provide the correct information and request your card be re-sent.
  • If you do not have a Driver License or state ID card, or if you did not receive your card for unknown reasons, you can apply for a Golden Buckeye card at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand and take with you proof of age and residency.

If you are under age 60 and qualify because of a disability, you will need to apply for a Golden Buckeye Card. You can do so at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability.

Sorry, but we cannot accept applications or requests for Golden Buckeye Cards online.

I did not get my Golden Buckeye card when I turned 60. How do I get one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to verify your mailing information. You also may apply for a card at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

Why didn't I get my Golden Buckeye card automatically when I turned 60?

We partner with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to receive a list of Ohioans with valid Driver Licences or State ID card who are turning 60 years old each month. We mail Golden Buckeye Cards to this list. Unfortunately, we do occasionally miss someone. Som reasons you may not automatically get a card include:

  • Your Driver License or State ID is expired or invalid;
  • Your address on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is incorrect or unable to receive mail; or
  • Your card got lost in the mail or was inadvertenly discarded.

If you did not receive your card automatically, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to confirm that one was sent and have another card issued.

If you do not have a Driver License or State ID, or if you are under age 60 and qualify because of a disability, you will need to apply for a Golden Buckeye card, which you can do at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if appropriate).

Sorry, but we cannot accept applications or requests for Golden Buckeye Cards online.

My Golden Buckeye card was lost or stolen. How do I get a new one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a replacement.

What will you accept as proof of disability for a Golden Buckeye card?

To prove eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card due to disability, you must provide one of the following documents:

  • a Medicare (not Medicaid) card;
  • SSI or SSDI acceptance documentation; or
  • a copy of a document certifying permanent and total disability issued by any state department, Ohio public employee retirement system (STRS, PERS, etc), or any federal retirement system.

We are unable to accept any other form of proof of disability, such as a letter from your doctor.

My name has changed. How do I get new Golden Buckeye card with my new name?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request the change.

The name on my Golden Buckeye card is wrong. Can you fix this?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a corrected card.

I applied or called for a new or replacement Golden Buckeye card but have not received it. What should I do?

You should receive your Golden Buckeye Card in six to eight weeks after your application is received. If you have not received your card in this time period, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours and ask for the status of your application.

Why did I receive two Golden Buckeye cards?

Everyone who receives a new or replacement Golden Buckeye Card after January 2015 will receive two copies of their card. Use one card and store one away in case of loss or theft, or keep one in your wallet and one in your car - whatever is most convenient for you. Remember, however, that your Golden Buckeye benefits are not transferrable, and the card may only be used by the person named on it.

Can I apply for a Golden Buckeye card online?

No. State law requires the Department of Aging or an approved sign-up site to validate age or disability status to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This can be done only in person.

You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

Can you send me a Golden Buckeye card application?

No. State law requires the Department of Aging or an approved sign-up site to validate age or disability status to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This can be done only in person.

You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries. Please call ahead to ensure they have applications on-hand, and take with you proof of age, residency and disability (if applicable).

Can I let someone else use my Golden Buckeye card?

No. Only the person whose name is on the card is entitled to the benefits and discounts of the Golden Buckeye Card. Some merchants may ask for another form of identification when you present your card.

Where can I use my Golden Buckeye card?

Ask anywhere you spend money about a Golden Buckeye discount, senior discount or other discount for which you may qualify (e.g., veterans, disability). Some participating merchants will display the Golden Buckeye Card logo on doors, windows and at the cash register, but most cardholders find savings by asking wherever they shop for a Golden Buckeye or senior discount. While businesses of all sizes participate, the best places to find Golden Buckeye discounts is often at locally owned, small businesses.

Is there a list online of businesses that accept the Golden Buckeye card?

Due to the large number of participating businesses throughout Ohio, we do not maintain an online list of businesses. We recommend that you ask anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye Card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). While businesses of all sizes participate, the best places to find Golden Buckeye discounts is often at locally owned, small businesses.

We maintain a list of new and recently updated businesses, as well as seasonal lists of spotlighted businesses on our website.

You can find participating pharmacies at the Ohio's Best Rx website.

Can you send me a list of businesses that accept the Golden Buckeye card?

Due to the large number of participating businesses throughout Ohio, we do not mail out a list of businesses. We recommend that you ask anywhere you spend money if they honor the Golden Buckeye Card or offer a senior discount (if you qualify). While businesses of all sizes participate, the best places to find Golden Buckeye discounts is often at locally owned, small businesses.

We maintain a list of new and recently updated businesses, as well as seasonal lists of spotlighted businesses on our website.

You can find participating pharmacies at the Ohio's Best Rx website.

Should I report businesses that no longer honor the Golden Buckeye card or that have gone out of business?

We rely on businesses to let us know when they close or stop honoring the Golden Buckeye Card, but many do not. If you find a business in your area that is closed or no longer accepts the Golden Buckeye Card, please contact us to report it.

If you find a business that has never honored the Goldne Buckeye Card or is unaware of the program, encourage a manager to visit www.goldenbuckeye.com to learn how to sign up.

The Ohio State Parks online reservation system will not accept my Golden Buckeye card number. What can I do?

The Ohio State Parks reservation system may not work with Golden Buckeye Cards issued prior to Sept. 1, 2003. Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request an updated card with a new member number.

Do you sell cardholders' information to marketers?

Absolutely not! The Golden Buckeye program respects your privacy. We do not and have never sold or otherwise shared cardholders' personal information with marketers. We use your contact information only to mail you your card and any requested information.

Do you track my spending habits?

No. The Golden Buckeye program does not track purchases or where you use your card.

Why aren't the Golden Buckeye discounts as nice as those available through store loyalty programs?

Store loyalty programs often are able to offer deep discounts and valuable offers because they are able track your spending habits and share information with promotional partners. The Golden Buckeye program does not track your shopping habits or share cardholders' personal information with anyone for any purpose other than to send you your card and any requested information. Golden Buckeye businesses participate voluntarily and set the conditions of their offers. They receive no compensation at all from the Golden Buckeye program for their participation. Please thank them with your business.

We are a Golden Buckeye sign-up site. How do I get more blank applications?

Please call 1-800-422-1976, option 4, during normal business hours to request blank applications.

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Older Adults and the Flu

Older adults are at increased risk for complications from the flu. Flu is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and contact. Symptoms include fever, cough, aches and tiredness. The best way to avoid getting the flu is by getting a flu shot. Ask about special high-dose vaccines specifically for older adults.

For more information, visit:
www.flu.ohio.gov

 

 

 

Ohio's Best Rx - Prescription Drug Savings for Golden Buckeye Cardholders

Your Golden Buckeye card includes the Ohio's Best Rx prescription drug discount program. If you lack prescription drug insurance, have coverage limits or have a prescription that isn't covered by your insurance, your Golden Buckeye/Ohio's Best Rx card could offer significant savings over regular retail prices.  You may qualify for Ohio's Best Rx, even if you do not qualify for Golden Buckeye. Call toll-free 1-866-923-7879 or visit www.ohiobestrx.org for more information.

 


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