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 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 …

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 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 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 …

Unsung, Unselfish & Undertrained: Family Caregivers

Unsung, Unselfish & Undertrained: Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy   By MARJORIE LYONS, AARP Oklahoma State President There’s a group of unsung heroes that fan out every day across Oklahoma. In cities big and small, rural and urban, they do things like give baths and help others get dressed. They dispense medicine and provide transportation to doctor’s appointments. They are family caregivers. Nearly 600,000 family caregivers in the Sooner State make it possible for their loved ones to live independently at home. By helping with basic tasks of daily …

AARP Honors Six State Legislators for Their Work Benefitting Older Oklahomans

AARP Honors Six State Legislators for Their Work Benefitting Older Oklahomans

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy Lawmakers honored recently by the association were: State Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City; and Sen. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City. Also recognized were: Rep. Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond; Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha; and Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa. “We commend these six state legislators for their leadership on issues important to the health, safety and well-being of older Oklahomans,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “They have demonstrated great commitment to long-term care and hunger issues and, …

It's as easy as 1-2-3: Making Medicare Stronger

It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Making Medicare Stronger

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy By WAYNE BLACKMON AARP Oklahoma Volunteer   While it is true that there is nothing easy about reshaping Medicare and Social Security for the future, for me it just got easier. Last week, I attended a tele-conference at the AARP Oklahoma State Office. Its purpose was to bring together Oklahoma opinion leaders and older Oklahomans to talk about how to to avoid harmful cuts that would undermine the health security of seniors now and in future generations. The panel of …