Oklahoma Honors Caregiving Month with New Law Supporting Caregivers

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

Advocacy | Oklahoma 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 …

Violet McClanahan Named 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award Winner

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

Events | Oklahoma | Volunteering Violet McClanahan, a retired special education teacher from Bessie, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service. The award was presented at the 2014 AARP Oklahoma Volunteer Celebration recently held in Oklahoma City. Named after AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award is the highest honor given to a volunteer by AARP. Violet spent many hours displaying kindness and compassion to her students. She accompanied them to the State Special Olympics and …

New Law Eases the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oklahoma Oklahoma is the first state to enact a law that could reduce hospital readmissions by preparing family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient goes home after a hospital stay. AARP Oklahoma backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Nov. 1. The law requires hospitals to give each patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals will show the caregiver how to perform tasks that will be necessary when the patient goes home, such as …

Fraud Watch: Scammers Exploiting Ebola Fears

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Oklahoma By Kristin Keckeisen Fraud Watch Network   Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for: online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms; email scams with alarming messages like “Ebola update” or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses; sales of “personal protection kits” at low …

AARP Recognizes Oklahoma Indian Elders at Annual Honors Event; Former Choctaw Chief Receives Leadership Award

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events | Oklahoma Native veterans, language preservationists, artists, a renowned female ceremonial dancer and a former Chief of the Choctaw Nation were among those recognized at the 6th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recently held in Oklahoma City. More than 700 family members, tribal leaders and honored guests from across the state attended the event which recognized elders from 30 Oklahoma tribes and nations. The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors is the largest event of its kind bringing together all Oklahoma tribes and …

New Law Protects Consumers Who Need Home Repairs

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oklahoma A new state law will provide greater oversight of the roofing industry beginning Nov. 1. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the measure requires roofing contractors to register annually with the state Construction Industries Board and to display their company’s name and phone number at job sites and on vehicles—which could deter fraud. The law also calls for educational standards for roofers. Violations carry stiff penalties. AARP supported the legislation as part of its continuing efforts to crack …