Going to Bat for Consumers 50+

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

New Law Eases the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Oklahoma is the first state to enact a law that could reduce hospital readmissions by preparing family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient goes home after a hospital stay. AARP Oklahoma backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Nov. 1. The law requires hospitals to give each patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals will show the caregiver how to perform tasks that will be necessary when the patient goes home, such as …

Fraud Watch: Scammers Exploiting Ebola Fears

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Kristin Keckeisen Fraud Watch Network   Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for: online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms; email scams with alarming messages like “Ebola update” or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses; sales of “personal protection kits” at low …

New Law Protects Consumers Who Need Home Repairs

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A new state law will provide greater oversight of the roofing industry beginning Nov. 1. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the measure requires roofing contractors to register annually with the state Construction Industries Board and to display their company’s name and phone number at job sites and on vehicles—which could deter fraud. The law also calls for educational standards for roofers. Violations carry stiff penalties. AARP supported the legislation as part of its continuing efforts to crack …

Survey Results Guide Outreach to Tribal Nations

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A recent survey of Native Americans in Oklahoma shows personal health problems and staying healthy are the most critical challenges facing tribal members age 40-plus. Other challenges include the cost of living, saving for retirement and transportation. Having long-term care provided at home was a priority for most respondents. Many were worried about identity theft and fraud. Conducted by the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center, the survey provides insights to guide AARP Oklahoma’s outreach to the 39 tribal nations in …

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 …