AARP Oklahoma

Craig Davis


Associate State Director of Communications for AARP Oklahoma since 2008.

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Life Long Homes: A bright idea

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

By KENDRA ORCUTT Recently, we made a trip home to my parents for the holidays.  I had been recruited by my siblings to come up with a solution for replacing the track light bulbs in my parent’s great room.  Dad had been caught attempting to climb a ladder two stories high to replace the light bulbs and was not happy about being told he couldn’t do it. When discussing this dilemma with another Occupational Therapist that specializes in low vision, …

Business Consultant, Administrator & Community Leader Joe Ann Vermillion Named AARP Oklahoma State President

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

AARP Oklahoma has named business consultant, administrator and community leader Joe Ann Vermillion as its volunteer state president. Vermillion, a long-time McAlester resident, heads her own consulting firm that works with Oklahoma companies to help identify skills necessary for employees to be successful. She is former director of Kiamichi Career Technology Campus in McAlester and a past board member of the McAlester Chamber of Commerce. “Joe Ann embodies the legacy of AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed age …

Real Action by Jo Ann Jenkins

Posted on 12/22/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

(Note: this article originally appeared in the December 2014  edition of AARP Bulletin) Watch for the huge impact we’ll have on people’s lives in these areas. Caregiving – We developed state legislation known as the CARE Act (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act) that, among other things, requires hospitals to identify a designated family caregiver when a patient is admitted and adequately instruct that caregiver in how to care for the patient after discharge. The measure is already law in Oklahoma and …

AARP Oklahoma Statement on PSO Utility Rate Case 12/18/14

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl issued the following statement after a hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission  concerning the PSO Utility Rate Case on December 18th.  “The Administrative Law Judge’s Report in the PSO utility rate case completely ignores the voice of the consumer. AARP strongly objects to the ALJ recommendation that would give PSO an open checkbook to expand its flawed Smart Meter expansion program. By shifting the burden from shareholders to consumers, residential utility customers would pay …

AARP Oklahoma State Director: Thank You Marjorie & Barney

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

On behalf of the more than 400,000 AARP members in Oklahoma, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly applaud AARP State President Marjorie Lyons and Executive Council Member Barney Allen who will complete their terms at the end of 2014. Over the past six years, Marjorie and Barney have been champions on issues affecting older Oklahomans, including protecting nursing home residents and veterans and advocating for affordable utilities. Most recently, they worked to help make Oklahoma the first …

Oklahoma Honors Caregiving Month with New Law Supporting Caregivers

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

By MARJORIE LYONS State President, AARP Oklahoma   November is National Family Caregivers Month and there is good news for Oklahoma’s caregivers!   As of November 1st, Oklahoma is the first state in the nation to adopt a new law that will provide new rights and better supports for caregivers. The CARE Act (SB1536), which was championed by AARP, would not have happened without the hard work and leadership of Senator Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford and Governor …