—  More than 524,000 Oklahomans care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities. These unpaid family caregivers provide 488 million hours of care valued at a staggering six billion dollars annually, according to AARP Oklahoma, the nonprofit and nonpartisan advocacy organization for Americans 50 and older. Free AARP Oklahoma Family Caregiver Resource Kits are now available to all Oklahomans. The AARP Oklahoma Caregiver Resource Kits include; Prepare to Care: A …

— Downtown Vinita, a rural community of 5,700, has become more hospitable to pedestrians, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the AARP Community Challenge program. The improvements boost the safety and walkability of Vinita’s historic Route 66 Main Street. The grant is part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative, which helps improve cities and towns for residents of all ages. This year the program awarded $1.3 million to 129 localities and organizations across the country. “The city of Vinita’s innovative approach to …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— More than 524,000 Oklahomans care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities. These unpaid family caregivers provide 488 million hours of care valued at a staggering six billion dollars annually, according to AARP Oklahoma, the nonprofit and nonpartisan advocacy organization for Americans 50 and older. These findings highlight the profound role of family caregivers who are recognized officially during National Family Caregivers Month in November. “Family caregivers’ labor of …

— Did you know Oklahoma ranks among the worst of states surveyed in the quality of care provided in nursing homes? Join us for a telephone town hall to find out how you can help improve the lives of many of Oklahoma’s most frail and vulnerable. Also, learn about options available to you and your loved ones to remain living independently in your own homes for as long as possible. REGISTER HERE Friday, December 14, 2018 10 a.m. We cannot sit …

— Veterans protected our country with sacrifice and service. Now, AARP is working to protect veterans from scams that target veterans and their guaranteed benefits. Targeting veterans can take many forms: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal information to steal your credit. Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Scam: Scammers set up a phone number nearly identical to the …

— The 2018 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service was presented to Jerry Baxter of Oklahoma City during AARP’s Volunteer Celebration and Andrus Award luncheon in Oklahoma City on November 1, 2018. Baxter is one of four Andrus Award nominees who were recognized at the AARP Oklahoma Volunteer Celebration and Andrus Award luncheon. The Andrus Award for Community Service is named in honor of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and is the highest honor presented by AARP. Baxter was …