— With the 2018 legislative session under way, AARP Oklahoma is pressing for bills related to caregiving, prescription drugs and assisted living facilities. The state office’s legislative priorities include updating guardianship laws to help prevent elder abuse, improving access to health care by expanding the authority of advanced practice registered nurses, requiring assisted living facilities to maintain backup power sources, curbing the cost of prescription drugs and allowing employees to use paid family leave for caregiving. AARP Oklahoma is recruiting volunteers …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— AARP Oklahoma invites volunteers to help fight hunger and feed hope by participating in its annual Day of Service, Sept. 11. Volunteers can choose one of three locations: the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and the Community Market of Pottawatomie County in Shawnee. Last year, AARP staff and volunteers bagged 4,760 pounds of apples and packed more than 8,800 meals. To sign up, call 877-926-8300 toll-free.

— Two new state laws are expected to improve access to health care, reduce medical costs and better support family caregivers. Backed by AARP Oklahoma, both measures take effect this month. One law joins Oklahoma with about two dozen other states in a Nurse Licensure Compact. The compact will allow qualifying nurses to acquire a multistate license and practice in any participating state. The other law removes a cumbersome and outdated requirement for patients to sign a consent form in person …

— Disaster rarely gives you a heads up, and can take many unexpected forms. Everyone should have a plan of action, but some Americans can be particularly vulnerable during times of uncertainty. It’s important to keep this in mind when forming an effective plan, and to consider your personal needs. Disaster preparation is more than storing water and food, and every situation requires a different solution. On our recent episode of  AARP Live, our panel of experts shared important information to help you and your loved …

— AARP Oklahoma is working with tribal leaders and the state Department of Health to reduce health disparities among Native Americans through better nutrition. During the Seventh Generation conference, which will be held in Norman April 7-9, Shannon Francis from the Denver Indian Center will present an indigenous cooking demonstration. Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized tribal nations and the second largest population of Native Americans in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Many Native Americans in the state …

— By Susan Lutz, Project Advisor for AARP’s Education and Outreach Health Team It’s happened before: A long-time employee is denied leave when her boss asserts that it is not a daughter’s responsibility to care for her ailing mother as long as her father is still alive. Could this happen to you? As our population and labor force ages, caring for an older relative will become as common as taking care of children. With the majority of older people relying on …

— Efforts to give communities the right to pass smoke-free ordinances failed in committee during the last two legislative sessions. Now a coalition that includes AARP aims to put such a measure on the ballot. Current state law bans smoking in indoor public places, in workplaces and on public transportation, but AARP and other groups want communities to be able to pass stricter tobacco control laws. Smoking bans help reduce exposure to secondhand smoke—which is linked to about 700 deaths a …

— Tune in to this month’s AARP Live on RFD-TV, or watch via the web! This month AARP panelists take your calls on the issue of fraud, and fighting back against foreign lottery scams.   Recently AARP’s Rob Ramasco testified on Capitol Hill on the need to protect seniors from scammers.  We’ll show you a first hand example of just how intimidating con artists can be. An AARP Fraud Fighter volunteer will also join our panel to talk about the front line …