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 many do not.
Most cardholders find savings by asking. While businesses of all sizes participate, the best place to find Golden Buckeye discounts is often at locally owned, small businesses.
The Staying Connected Check-In Service is a free program of the Ohio Department of Aging that provides a daily, automated check-in call for older Ohioans who sign up. Any state resident age 60 or older with current mobile or landline phone service can participate.
Most Ohio residents with a valid Ohio Driver License or ID card will receive their Golden Buckeye Card automatically around the month of their 60th birthdays. Individuals who do not receive their cards automatically should call 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to check that we have your correct mailing address.
If you are under the age of 60 and qualify due to disability, or if you are over age 60 and do not have a Driver License or state ID card, 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. Take with you proof of age and residency.
Visit our News and Events page regularly for the latest news releases, announcements, and information from the Department of Aging and our partners. You'll also find a calendar of upcoming events and meetings.
You can also subscribe to receive periodic updates from the Department of Aging delivered to your email inbox.
Ohio's aging network offers many resources to help individuals stay connected to their community and prevent social isolation, including our Staying Connected Check-In Service.
In some cases, participants in our PASSPORT Medicaid home-care waiver program may be able to select and hire their own care workers. Not all family members qualify, and training and certification requirements may apply.
Spouses, parents, step-parents, authorized representatives, legally responsible family members, power of attorney, foster caregiver, authorizing health care professionals, and legal guardians are not eligible to be a consumer-directed provider.