— Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation on several measures of quality of care in nursing homes. This must stop! AARP Oklahoma has created the Nursing Home CARE Plan which is a series of bills that begin to correct the ways in which our state’s most frail and vulnerable are cared for: HB 1902 / SB280: Ties nursing home reimbursements to quality of care. SB 142: Puts an end to the shameful and immoral practice of using antipsychotic drugs …

— We know more than 524,000 Oklahomans take care of their loved ones at home, with little help and no pay. At AARP, we are committed to doing what we can to help caregivers do their jobs better and take care of themselves in the process. Please join AARP Oklahoma for a free, interactive telephone town on May 13, 2019 at 10am. AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl, Nadine Walter with Lifespan Respite and Mickey Hinds with LIFE Senior Services will …

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— AARP Oklahoma is hosting free events to help residents get rid of sensitive documents without the fear of identity theft. Thieves who prey on other people’s identities thrive on finding confidential information. One way to keep this data safe is to routinely destroy documents with identifying information, such as bank and credit card statements, old tax forms and medical bills. More than 35,000 pounds of personal paperwork were shredded at AARP events in Oklahoma last year. April shredding events will …

— Gathering Place has gone to the dogs! Every Wednesday through October 30,2019 is Dog Play Wednesday presented by AARP Oklahoma at Gathering Place. Bring your furry friend to the park and explore it together. Our tails are wagging just thinking about it! Please note, all dogs must be on a leash. Dogs are not allowed inside buildings or on the play equipment. Guests are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs. Plus, every fourth Wednesday enjoy special programming for both …

— Find out what you can already be doing to prepare at our free, two-part webinar. Retirement Planning: Top Tips to Get or Stay on Track Part 1: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Are you making the right decisions today for a better retirement down the road? You can and AARP is here to help you get on track with your retirement plans. Simply register now for our free, two-part …

— Register for free Oklahoma Senior Protection Summits, meet the AARP OK Fraud Fighters and register to win a personal microcut shredder. Topics will include insurance fraud, Medicare fraud, investment fraud, banking fraud, and current senior scams. • March 27 – Oklahoma City, Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S. Penn Ave. • Apri1 4 – Duncan, Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Pkwy. • April 23 – Tulsa, Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, 1902 E. 71st St. • May 2 – Mustang, Mustang …

— AARP Oklahoma has recognized four legislative leaders who have significantly contributed to AARP’s mission of empowering people to choose how they age and live independently with dignity and purpose. The 2019 AARP Legislative Leadership awards were presented to State Sen. Kim David (R) of Porter, State Sen. Stephanie Bice (R) of Oklahoma City, State Rep. Harold Wright (R) of Weatherford and State Rep. Tammy West (R) of Bethany during the annual AARP Oklahoma Advocacy Day at the Oklahoma Capitol on …

— Oklahomans have four opportunities in April and May to shred sensitive documents, for free, in Lawton, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. AARP Oklahoma is once again collaborating with community partners to host free, drive-thru shredding events. You do not have to be an AARP member to participate. “Your documents will be shredded on-site and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve taken an important step in the fight against identity theft and fraud,” said Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma State …

— For more than a decade, the jury duty scam remains one of the most successful impostor schemes. Fraudsters not only get a quick payoff but also may gather enough personal details for future identity theft.   How it works: It starts with a phone call, and a claim that you face imminent arrest because you didn’t report for jury duty. This call may seem authentic, with your caller ID showing a phone numbers for a courthouse or law enforcement agency, and the con …

— During tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the ways that scammers and hackers may try to put your potential refund in their pocket. How it works: A number of different scams tend to ramp up during the filing season. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. There are also computer viruses out there (the “Emotet” virus for one) that can send emails supposedly …