Citizens Advisory Panel Seeks Public Input on Issues Affecting Older Oklahomans at Tulsa Listening Session; AARP State President & State Director Serve on Panel

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Oklahoma The Department of Human Services (DHS) Citizens Advisory Panel on Aging Issues is asking for the public’s input on issues related to elder Oklahomans.  A listening session will be held in the auditorium of Tulsa’s Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., on Wednesday, June 11 from 9:30 t0 11 a.m. AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons was appointed to the five-member panel by State Senate Pro Tempre Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl was also …

AARP Oklahoma Brings Community Leaders Together for Transportation Summit

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

Home & Family | Oklahoma 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 …

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 …