Violet McClanahan Named 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award Winner

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

Events 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 …

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 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 …

Volunteer for AARP Day of Service September 11th

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events AARP was founded on service. Our motto reflects the legacy of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus: “What we do, we do for all.” Every year, we set aside a Day of Service where staff and volunteers can give back to the community. This year, Day of Service will be on Thursday, September 11th.  AARP Oklahoma will volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma – Come join us …

Citizens Advisory Panel Seeks Public Input on Issues Affecting Older Oklahomans at Tulsa Listening Session; AARP State President & State Director Serve on Panel

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events The Department of Human Services (DHS) Citizens Advisory Panel on Aging Issues is asking for the public’s input on issues related to elder Oklahomans.  A listening session will be held in the auditorium of Tulsa’s Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., on Wednesday, June 11 from 9:30 t0 11 a.m. AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons was appointed to the five-member panel by State Senate Pro Tempre Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl was also …

AARP Encourages Nominations for Indian Elder Honors

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events As part of its ongoing community work with Oklahoma tribes and nations, AARP Oklahoma is encouraging nominations for its sixth annual Indian Elder Honors. Nominations can be made online HERE. The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors is an annual recognition of 50 elders who have impacted their tribe, family or community. Since its inception in 2009, AARP has honored 250 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma, according to AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “The AARP Indian Elder …

New Survey: Oklahoma Native Americans Say Personal Health Problems Are Their Most Important Challenge

Posted on 04/30/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events A recent survey completed by AARP and the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center (OKTEC) suggests personal health problems are the number one concern of American Indians when asked ‘what is the single most important problem or challenge facing Oklahoma Native Americans in mid-life’. Respondents to the survey stated other challenges faced were: staying healthy, the cost of living, retirement and transportation. Click HERE to read the full survey. Nearly all those surveyed said it is extremely or very important for tribes to …