— Data breaches are now so commonplace that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But even if your personal information is out there, you can protect your identity with these simple but important steps.   Rethink Your Passwords Use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That way, if one account is hacked, it doesn’t put your other accounts at risk. A good way to manage all of those different passwords is to use a digital password manager. These …

— AARP empowers people to choose how to live as they age. We advocate for the more than 524,000 family caregivers across Oklahoma who provide 488 million hours of unpaid care with an estimated value of $6 billion. AARP Oklahoma successfully worked with legislators to become the first in the nation to pass the CARE (Caregivers Advise Record Enable) Act which gives family caregivers new rights and better support. AARP Oklahoma & AARP Northeastern Oklahoma Caregiver Resource Guides With many organizations offering different types …

— Our grandparents are often among the most important people in our lives. As we celebrate them on September 9, know that they are at risk of the “grandparent scam.” Here’s how grandparents are targeted.   How it works: You get a frantic call from someone claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter.  The caller says there’s an emergency and asks you to send money right away. But there’s a good chance this is an imposter trying to steal your money through …

— A new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute finds Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation in several key indicators of quality of care at our state’s nursing facilities. The report, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-term Services and Supports, is a compilation of data on long-term care services and supports in each state and combines data from original analysis and a large number of other relevant studies and sources. According to the report, Oklahoma has the second …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— Tulsa is one of six cities nationwide participating in a pilot project to connect family caregivers with “hyperlocal” resources when they are searching for help for their loved ones. More than 524,000 Oklahomans serve as family caregivers. Residents will be able to download guides offering new information on caregiving resources in their area. For more information, go to aarp.org/ok.

—   This year you have not one, not two, not three, but four volunteer opportunities for AARP’s Day of Service on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Join us in McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee or Tulsa as we roll up our sleeves to participate in local community service projects. AARP staff and volunteers will be volunteering at the local food banks in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. In McAlester, volunteers will assemble backpacks with food for children needing nutritional snacks on the weekends. Last year, 75 …

— The battle to protect your identity is getting a little easier – or at least cheaper. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze your credit reports to help protect against fraud. In states that have not already outlawed the fees, the freezes had cost from $2 to …

— Join AARP Oklahoma and KOTV News on 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer for a special weather safety seminar on August 27. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is the purpose of this free event. Travis will talk about the drastic changes in weather forecasting, what that means as we age and why are safer now. He will also discuss weather unknowns, the importance of easy, accessible storm (safe) rooms and how new ideas are helping make it easier to get access …

— Vinita, Okla., August 21, 2018 — Downtown Vinita will soon be more pedestrian-friendly, thanks to a $25,000 grant from AARP and its 2018 Community Challenge grant program. The Vinita City Council and Vinita city officials were presented with an honorary check for the grant by AARP Oklahoma during the August 21 city council meeting. AARP Community Grant Challenge dollars will fund a downtown Vinita revitalization project, which significantly improves the safety and walkability of the community’s historic Route 66 Main …