AARP Encourages Nominations for Indian Elder Honors

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events | Oklahoma As part of its ongoing community work with Oklahoma tribes and nations, AARP Oklahoma is encouraging nominations for its sixth annual Indian Elder Honors. Nominations can be made online HERE. The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors is an annual recognition of 50 elders who have impacted their tribe, family or community. Since its inception in 2009, AARP has honored 250 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma, according to AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “The AARP Indian Elder …

Fighting to Keep Utility Rates Affordable

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

Advocacy | Home & Family | Money & Work | Oklahoma 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 …

State Senate Media: Caregiver Bill Becomes Law

Posted on 05/15/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma Released by Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division, May 15, 2014:            A new law to help keep caregivers better informed about important medical information could help reduce hospital readmissions. Senate Bill 1536, by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, which was approved by the governor, allows patients to designate a caregiver upon formal admission. The hospital must also notify the designated caregiver of the patient’s discharge and consult with the caregiver about aftercare. “Hospitals …

AARP Statement on Governor Fallin Signing the Caregiving Bill

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons issued the following statement after Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1536 — the caregiving bill. “This is a major win for family caregivers and patients,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. “AARP is grateful to Governor Fallin for signing Senate Bill 1536 and for the leadership of Senator Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and Representative Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, who worked diligently to ensure this bill became law. This new law – the first of …

New Survey: Oklahoma Native Americans Say Personal Health Problems Are Their Most Important Challenge

Posted on 04/30/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Oklahoma A recent survey completed by AARP and the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center (OKTEC) suggests personal health problems are the number one concern of American Indians when asked ‘what is the single most important problem or challenge facing Oklahoma Native Americans in mid-life’. Respondents to the survey stated other challenges faced were: staying healthy, the cost of living, retirement and transportation. Click HERE to read the full survey. Nearly all those surveyed said it is extremely or very important for tribes to …

Make a Nomination for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Oklahoma | Volunteering Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service now through June 1st. The Andrus Award, which is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is the association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Previous Andrus Award winners in Oklahoma include: Phyllis Crosswell (2013);  Linda Johnson Huggins (2012); Gladys Jordan Lytle (2011); Dr. John Edwards (2010); Dr. Gerald Gustafson (2009); …