— As wildfires continue to move across the western portion of our state, AARP Oklahoma stands in solidarity with our friends and neighbors impacted, as well as the first responders working tirelessly to fight the fires. Now is the time for Oklahomans to band together to support those impacted. The following resources have been compiled so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and aid relief requests. Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry – provides information on how to help …

— What’s the best way to learn how a scam works and how you can protect yourself? Go to the source. AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, known for his bestselling book-turned-blockbuster movie, Catch Me If You Can, has worked on fraud prevention for more than four decades with law enforcement, financial institutions and corporations. Now he is co-hosting AARP’s new podcast series, “The Perfect ScamSM.” Will Johnson, former Discovery Channel podcast host and producer, joins Frank, a former confidence …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Indian Elder Honors, celebrating 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their communities, families, and tribal nations. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 450 elders from all 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma. “The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom have never been recognized before,” AARP Oklahoma Volunteer State President Joe Ann Vermillion said. Last year’s honorees from 33 …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6– 6:30 p.m. CT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take steps …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to Oklahomans across the state with five, free Operation: Stop Scams shredding events in Clinton, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa beginning April 17, 2018. “At the end of tax-filing season many Oklahomans clean out old financial documents which often contain personal information. AARP Oklahoma’s Operation Stop Scams shredding events will provide a safe, convenient way for people to destroy this sensitive paperwork,” said JoeAnn Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma State President. Identity thieves routinely search …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— It’s time to help solve Oklahoma’s health crisis and allow nurse practitioners to have full practice authority. 22 states and DC are addressing health care shortages by allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners. It’s time for Oklahoma to join those ranks. HB 1013 allows nurse practitioners to practice to their full training and education. It expands access to healthcare, especially in our underserved rural areas, and enables older Oklahomans to live independently at home. HB 1013 was introduced in the House of Representatives where it …

— AARP Oklahoma is working hard for its members with an aggressive legislative agenda, but we need your help to be successful.  Our legislative priorities are listed below. Get involved today and let your voice be heard! To get involved, call or email Chad Mullen at chmullen@aarp.org or 405-715-4470. CLICK HERE FOR 2018 Legislative Priorities  

— AARP’s founder, Ethel Andrus, first founded the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) and, later, AARP. NRTA and AARP have always maintained a strong relationship. Many of AARP OK’s 400,000 members are retired police officers, fire fighters, teachers or state employees. As such, we fully support our retired public servants. Currently, there is a bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, HB 2985, by Representative Frix that would provide a 4% cost-of-living adjustment – something which has not occurred in 10 years. …