Seventh Generation Conference to Address Health Issues

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

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

AARP Oklahoma Indian Navigator

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

Health & Wellbeing Are you interested in learning more about the AARP Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Community Group? E-mail Mashell Sourjohn at: msourjohn@aarp.org AARP Co-Sponsoring 7th Generation Conference; Register Here AARP Oklahoma is partnering with the Osage, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee Creek & Cherokee nations, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to host the 7th Generation Conference focusing on health disparities facing Native Americans in Oklahoma. Click the link to register for this FREE conference. http://bit.ly/1ixBxdr 6th Annual …

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

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 …

Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce the Cost of Your Utility Bill this Winter

Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce the Cost of Your Utility Bill this Winter

Posted on 12/3/2013 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By JOHNATHAN MAJID AARP Volunteer & Licensed Architect   As Oklahomans get ready for winter weather, now is a good time to think about what you can do to make sure your home is warm and keep your heating bill low. Check your furnace to make sure it is working at peak efficiency. Make sure your air filters are clean and your air ducts are well insulated. Check all your duct connections and make sure there are no leaks. If …