Going to Bat for Consumers 50+

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Gearing up for the next legislative session, which begins in February, AARP Oklahoma is preparing to fight for affordable utilities and continued protection of nursing home residents. The state’s largest utility companies have asked for rate increases, and lobbyists representing for-profit nursing homes historically have opposed AARP’s efforts to strengthen protections for nursing home residents, for example, by allowing them to have a video monitor in the room. Earlier this year, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to …

New Law Eases the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Oklahoma is the first state to enact a law that could reduce hospital readmissions by preparing family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient goes home after a hospital stay. AARP Oklahoma backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Nov. 1. The law requires hospitals to give each patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals will show the caregiver how to perform tasks that will be necessary when the patient goes home, such as …

New Law Protects Consumers Who Need Home Repairs

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

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 …