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

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 …

AARP Oklahoma Indian Navigator

AARP Oklahoma Indian Navigator

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

Home & Family 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 …

Fred Piraro Named State Coordinator for AARP Oklahoma Driver Safety

Fred Piraro Named State Coordinator for AARP Oklahoma Driver Safety

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family Long-time volunteer Fred Piraro has been named Oklahoma AARP Driver Safety State Coordinator. Piraro first became a Driver Safety instructor after taking a course 15 years ago taught by former Driver Safety Coordinator, the late Tillman Ryser. “I had retired and was looking for something that I could do that would help the community,” Piraro said. “My wife and I talked it over and I’ve been a Driver Safety volunteer ever since.” Most recently, Fred has been the Chief Trainer …

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

Home & Family 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 …

Julie Lee

Four Things You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety in the Education & Outreach group Life on the road looks quite a bit different today than it did when most of us older drivers got our driver’s licenses. Formal driver’s education – or “driver’s ed” courses – first became available in the U.S. in the 1930s, and just as the rules of the road, automobiles and roadway infrastructure are constantly changing, so too are the safety …