Make a Nomination for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Make a Nomination for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Oklahoma | Volunteering Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service now through June 1st. The Andrus Award, which is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is the association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Previous Andrus Award winners in Oklahoma include: Phyllis Crosswell (2013);  Linda Johnson Huggins (2012); Gladys Jordan Lytle (2011); Dr. John Edwards (2010); Dr. Gerald Gustafson (2009); …

Oklahoma Volunteer Nominated for National Community Service Award

Oklahoma Volunteer Nominated for National Community Service Award

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Oklahoma | Volunteering Long-time AARP Oklahoma volunteer Gerrie Cordes, who currently serves as vice president of the Custer County Chapter, was nominated for AARP’s annual Chapter and Unit Community Service Award. The award is given on behalf of AARP and NRTA (National Retired Teacher’s Association) to a person providing the most outstanding service to the community through a chapter or unit-sponsored service project in 2013. Gerrie will receive a pin commemorating her nomination for this prestigious award. She has previously served as president …

PBS NewsHour Profiles AARP Oklahoma Efforts to Pass Caregiver Legislation

PBS NewsHour Profiles AARP Oklahoma Efforts to Pass Caregiver Legislation

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma AARP Oklahoma’s fight to pass Senate Bill 1536 as part of its ongoing caregiving work was the focus of a report that aired nationally on PBS NewsHour, April 8th. Click HERE to watch the story. The report, entitled “Easing the burden of long-term medical demands for family caregivers,” explored the plight of two Oklahoma City families – the Mitchems and the Shapards — who now care for loved ones at home as a result of medical illnesses. The burden  of performing medical …

Seventh Generation Conference to Address Health Issues

Seventh Generation Conference to Address Health Issues

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Oklahoma Health disparities between Native Americans and other Oklahomans will be a key issue at the Seventh Generation Conference, April 14-16 in Midwest City. Cosponsored by AARP Oklahoma, the conference takes its name from the Native American tradition of considering seven generations of descendants when making decisions. Oklahoma is home to about 346,500 Native Americans, who are at higher risk than Caucasians for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Conference participants will discuss access to health care under the Affordable Care Act. …

New Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Caregiving Legislation; Aging Advocates Call on Legislature to Give Family Caregivers Better Training

New Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Caregiving Legislation; Aging Advocates Call on Legislature to Give Family Caregivers Better Training

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma Nearly all Oklahomans think it is important to provide better training for family caregivers, according to a new survey today released by aging advocates at the State Capitol. AARP Oklahoma, which commissioned the non-partisan survey of 400 likely Oklahoma voters, said the results were timely since the Legislature is considering a bill that would strengthen training for family caregivers and allow patients to designate a caregiver at the time of hospital admission. Senate Bill 1536 by Senator Brian Crain, R-Tulsa …

Hospitals Urged to Train Caregiviers

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oklahoma AARP Oklahoma is asking caregivers across the state to share stories about any training they received when helping a loved one come home after a hospital stay. Nearly half of family caregivers nationwide are being called on to perform medical or nursing tasks—often with little or no guidance. In Oklahoma, 58 percent of hospitals have been cited by Medicare for excessive readmissions. “Improving communication between hospital staff and family caregivers could reduce those numbers and help more people continue to …