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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Seventh Generation Conference to Address Health Issues

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

Health & Wellbeing 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. …

Hospitals Urged to Train Caregiviers

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

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

Health & Wellbeing   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 Oklahoma Indian Navigator

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Scroll for Latest News & Updates on AARP Oklahoma Native American Outreach   Make a Nomination for 6th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors Nominations are being accepted NOW through June 30th for the 6th Annual AARP Oklahaoma Indian Elder Honors. All nominees must be living and be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe or nation headquartered in Oklahoma. Fifty honorees will be recognized at an event in October 2014. The goal is to have at least one nominee …

Guest Blog: AARP Support Helped Launch Senior Hunger Program Now Serving 700 People in Eight Counties

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By CINDY CUMMINS Managing Director of Customer Relations and Capacity Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma   As I worked on various projects to address food insecurity in the area served by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, I began to realize our seniors were especially vulnerable.  After being involved in the implementation of the Food for Kids program, I knew a similar model might work to address the food needs for our seniors as well.  We began to …