— Year after year, Oklahoma nursing home care ranks among the worst in the nation. Now, a News on 6 investigation, Oklahoma Nursing Homes Rank Among Worst in Nation, underscores the severity of the problem. Watch the special report HERE. Are you ready for change? If so, please ask your state senator to support AARP’s Nursing Home CARE (Creating Accountability, Reform and Excellence) Plan. The CARE Plan includes HB1013, SB142 and SB280 with amendments. The CARE Plan seeks to end the overuse …

— AARP Oklahoma and The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter today announced support for Senate Bill 142. SB 142, introduced by Senator Stephanie Bice (R-Oklahoma City) and Representative Tammy West (R-Bethany), will require a nursing home resident to have a psychiatric diagnosis prior to the prescription of antipsychotic medications. Oklahoma ranks first in the nation for nursing home resident use of antipsychotic medications without a psychiatric diagnosis, according to an August 2018 AARP report. One in five nursing home residents currently receives …

— AARP Oklahoma wants to ensure that residents in the state’s nursing facilities receive proper care and attention. Last year a study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute found that Oklahoma’s nursing facilities had the second-highest rate in the U.S. of residents at high risk for pressure sores. Such sores are worrisome because they can lead to dangerous infections. Oklahoma also ranked first in the nation in the use of antipsychotic medications for patients without a psychiatric diagnosis. AARP Oklahoma is working …

— 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 …

—   AARP Oklahoma hosted a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. Kevin Stitt, Drew Edmondson and Chris Powell answered your questions about where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers.     QUESTION – Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other …

— Join us for a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. The November elections are just around the corner and you can hear from the candidates directly on where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, retirement savings, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers. Plus, we will be taking your questions during each of these hour-long events so don’t miss out on this opportunity to let your …

— State residents can work with AARP to help keep utility rates affordable and to help convince state officials that energy bills need to be reasonable. In the past year, AARP Oklahoma has intervened in two cases involving the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Gas and Electric that would have resulted in higher bills for customers. In both cases, AARP prevailed and Oklahoma residents are holding on to more of their money. Following a June settlement on a rate …

— By Sean Voskuhl, AARP State Director How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply …

— AARP members who receive their electricity from OG&E recently took action and received a historic decrease in their rates. Now it’s time for you to do the same. Right now, PSO is trying to keep $428 million dollars of your money. Recently passed tax savings were supposed to be returned to you, but instead PSO wants to keep the savings for themselves. We need your help in asking the corporation commissioners to say No to PSO and make sure the over collected taxes …