— This year you have not one, not two, but three volunteer opportunities for AARP’s Day of Service on Monday, September 11, 2017. Join us in Oklahoma City, Shawnee or Tulsa as we roll up our sleeves to participate in local community service projects. Last year, AARP staff and volunteers bagged 4,760 pounds of apples and packed more than 8,800 meals. OKLAHOMA CITY What: AARP OK Day of Service When: Monday, September 11, 2017  – Noon – 4pm Location:  Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – 3355 S. …

— Tulsa, Okla. —  As a part of AARP’s “I Heart Caregivers” initiative to support family caregivers who help make it possible for older Americans and other loved ones to live independently at home, AARP Oklahoma has launched a series of local resources to support family caregivers and those in their care. The resources and outreach are in response to a March 2017 study conducted by AARP to better understand family caregivers’ needs and their general awareness of resources and services …

— The AARP Oklahoma Caregiver Resource Guide With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it can be a challenge to sort out the specific type of help or services best suited for your needs. AARP developed this resource guide with you, the caregiver, in mind as a starting point to help you find the services and supports you need throughout your caregiving journey. We hope this guide can assist you in the following ways; Help you get the type …

— Every day, a silent army of 524,000 Oklahomans perform a great labor of love by performing family caregiving duties by helping their parents and significant others remain at home. AARP is fighting to support family caregivers who help make it possible for older Americans and other loved ones to live independently at home—where they want to be. Click the videos below to hear personal stories from Carol, John, Michelle and Regina – all Oklahoma family caregivers that utilized AARP’s family …

— Congressional leaders’ new budget is full of harmful cuts that would hurt older Americans. Medicaid would be slashed and seniors could lose access to food assistance programs. Perhaps worst of all, it would cut almost $500 billion from Medicare and open the door to turning it into a voucher program. It’s simply not right that Washington wants to put at risk the earned benefits that seniors rely on to survive. We need to tell them that it’s unacceptable to cut …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling many areas of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. AARP’s Caregiving Q&A Webcasts are hosted by Dr. Jean Accius, a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. How to Manage the Daily Needs of Your Loved One Tuesday, August …

— Empire District electric is asking the Corporation Commission to increase customer utility rates by $42 per month in the next four years!  How will they do that?  By phasing in higher rates, a bit at a time. The trick is, Empire will charge you for the full rate amount they didn’t get in the first two years and make you pay it in year four, plus interest.  This amounts to $42 more per month on the average customer’s bill.  That’s $500 …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU. How it works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information. If the scammer succeeds, they use …