Simple Things You Can Do to Lower Your Electric Bill During Summer Heat

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family By JOHNATHAN MAJID AARP Volunteer Although this summer has been noticeably cooler than past years, there is still plenty of time when Oklahoma heat and humidity can make your electric bill soar. There are some simple things you can do to keep your energy bills low when the mercury rises. Radiation from the sun heats up building materials in your home.  Heat – especially from the attic – then travels inside your home where it is cooler. That’s why it’s …

AARP Live Returns August 21st with Conversation on Scams

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family Con artists are working overtime to steal your personal information but you can learn how to protect yourself. Watch AARP Live Thursday, August 21st at 10 p.m. ET. We’ll hear from long-time AARP employee Sally Hurme whose husband Art was the victim of the Imposter Scam – also known as the Grandparent Scam. We’ll also talk about the Jury Scam, the AARP Medical Device Scam and showcase how state offices around the country are helping AARP members protect themselves from …

AARP Oklahoma Brings Community Leaders Together for Transportation Summit

Posted on 06/3/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family As part of its on-going community work in Shawnee, AARP Oklahoma recently convened a stakeholder summit focused on public transportation. The summit, which brought together city, county, state, federal and tribal leaders, is the second phase of AARP’s focused work in Shawnee that builds on a series of public listening forums and a research study it commissioned to assess transportation needs in the area. Click this link to watch a short video recap of the summit and hear comments from …

Fighting to Keep Utility Rates Affordable

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), the state’s second-largest utility, is seeking a $45 million rate increase. The proposal would raise electric bills by about $4 a month for customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours. The utility, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, plans to use some of the money to switch customers to smart meters, which monitor energy use by time of day. In a 2011 AARP survey of Oklahomans age 50-plus, 52 percent said they were extremely or very concerned …

Hospitals Urged to Train Caregiviers

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

Home & Family 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 …

Honoring, Helping & Protecting Indian Elders

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family   By DR. JOHN EDWARDS Former Governor, Absentee Shawnee Tribe AARP Oklahoma Executive Council According to Native American tradition, leaders should always look seven generations behind and seven generations ahead when making decisions. It’s a way of making sure that our past is always connected to our future. What can we learn from the past? As Indian people we are taught the ways of our people through stories, song and language. We know the value of respecting and honoring our …