Life Long Homes: A bright idea

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

Home & Family | Oklahoma 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

About AARP | Oklahoma | Volunteering 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

About AARP | Oklahoma (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

Advocacy | Oklahoma 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

Oklahoma | Volunteering 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 …

Going to Bat for Consumers 50+

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work | Oklahoma Gearing up for the next legislative session, which begins in February, AARP Oklahoma is preparing to fight for affordable utilities and continued protection of nursing home residents. The state’s largest utility companies have asked for rate increases, and lobbyists representing for-profit nursing homes historically have opposed AARP’s efforts to strengthen protections for nursing home residents, for example, by allowing them to have a video monitor in the room. Earlier this year, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to …