Vashti Butler of Tulsa asks a question during the You've Earned a Say Conversation on Social Security & Medicare.

Vashti Butler of Tulsa asks a question during the You’ve Earned a Say Conversation on Social Security & Medicare.

More than 60 volunteers from across Oklahoma participated in an issues update and training held recently in Oklahoma City. Highlights of the two-day event included a YEaS conversation, a volunteer-led update on the Affordable Care Act and a wrap-up of state legislative activities that focused on long-term care issues.

Keynote addresses were given by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy.

State Director Sean Voskuhl gave an update on distribution of $674,000 that was donated by AARP members and matched by AARP Foundation to help Oklahoma tornado victims. Money is being distributed to 11 organizations providing direct assistance to those impacted. A check presentation was made at the event to the Areawide Aging Agency. In addition, Voskuhl announced the creation of the AARP Oklahoma Disaster Team, an effort to prepare for future disasters in the state.

As part of Oklahoma’s work in the Multi-State Utility Campaign, Campaign Field Director Bill Brown gave an overview of AARP’s work followed by a panel discussion on utility issues featuring Assistant Attorney General Bill Humes; Brandy Wreath, Director of Public Utilities Division at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and Energy Attorney Deborah Thompson.

Oklahoma live-tweeted an Aging in Place panel discussion that featured nine experts including certified aging-in-place experts, an architect, a city commissioner, universal design remodelers, financial representatives, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist.

Volunteers also participated in social media training that included a hands-on demonstration, a review of Oklahoma’s social media strategy and a breakout session about how to set up a Facebook page.

Special recognition was given to the AARP Lawton Chapter which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons gives a one minute video recap of the event here: http://youtu.be/AOZKeJ__vn4