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 …

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 …