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 …

AARP Oklahoma Indian Navigator

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

Home & Family Scroll for Latest News & Updates on AARP Oklahoma Native American Outreach   Make a Nomination for 6th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors Nominations are being accepted NOW through June 30th for the 6th Annual AARP Oklahaoma Indian Elder Honors. All nominees must be living and be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized tribe or nation headquartered in Oklahoma. Fifty honorees will be recognized at an event in October 2014. The goal is to have at least one nominee …

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 …