— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Oklahoma presented a $3,000 honorary grant check today to Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to support OSU’s rural broadband outreach program. The $3,000 grant from AARP Oklahoma will fund 12 internet hotspots that are available in public libraries in three rural Oklahoma communities: Davis, Atoka and Marietta. The grant will also fund data services for three devices that OSU previously placed in the Okemah Public Library. The hotspots are …

— A new law will help ensure that hospitals are providing caregivers the assistance they need so patients can receive proper treatment when they go home. In 2014, Oklahoma was the first state in the country to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which requires hospitals to record the name of a caregiver during admission, to notify that person if the patient is moved or discharged and to prepare the caregiver for simple medical tasks at home. But AARP …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6 p.m. CT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— Tulsa is one of six cities nationwide participating in a pilot project to connect family caregivers with “hyperlocal” resources when they are searching for help for their loved ones. More than 524,000 Oklahomans serve as family caregivers. Residents will be able to download guides offering new information on caregiving resources in their area. For more information, go to aarp.org/ok.

— AARP Oklahoma is cosponsoring two events in Tulsa to promote active aging and independent living. The 2018 Life Senior Services Senior Safety and Lifestyle Fair will be Tuesday, July 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 East 21st St. Each participant can discard up to two boxes of documents at an AARP shredding station from noon-3 p.m. The Tulsa World Senior Living Expo will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa …

— 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.