— AARP Oklahoma donated $10,000 to help a veterans organization replace a van that was totaled by a tornado in August. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 7977 in Skiatook travels up to six days a week to attend veterans’ funerals throughout Oklahoma. A 15-person volunteer team performs rifle salutes and flag presentations for family and friends of the deceased. The honor guard relies on community donations to support the program. More than 68,000 AARP members in Oklahoma are …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its ninth annual Indian Elder Honors program, celebrating 50 individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their community, family, tribe and nation. Since 2009, AARP has recognized more than 400 members of the 39 federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma. Previous winners have included teachers, veterans, nurses, artists, tribal leaders and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Nominations are open through May 31 and can be made online at aarp.org/ndnelders. Each nominee must be 50 or older …

— AARP OKLAHOMA OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 INDIAN ELDER HONORS 9th Annual Celebration to Recognize Impact on Tribes, Family and Community 2017 INDIAN ELDER HONORS NOMINATION FORM AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its ninth annual Indian Elder Honors to celebrate 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 400 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes and nations in Oklahoma. “The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes …

— AARP OK is thinking of our friends, neighbors and AARP members in northwestern Oklahoma who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. During times like this this, we either want to help or need some help. IF YOU NEED HELP Individuals who have lost livestock or property are encouraged to safely assess their losses and get in touch with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. A comprehensive document outlining applicable federal assistance programs can be found online here (courtesy …

—   The doors officially opened for the new Community Market of Pottawatomie County (CMoPC) food resource center on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The CMoPC provides food and resources to local residents struggling with hunger, and as the motto reads, the center is committed to “Fighting Hunger… Feeding Hope”. In addition to access to nutritious food in an empowering shopping environment, the CMoPC also offers services and resources such as resume and career assistance, nutrition classes and driver safety. CMoPC operates in …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its eighth annual Indian Elder Honors program, celebrating the accomplishments of Native Americans who belong to the state’s 39 federally recognized tribes and nations. More than 700 people are expected to attend the awards ceremony in October to pay tribute to 50 tribal elders for their contributions to their communities, families, state or tribal nations. Last year’s winners included a 94-year-old “language warrior” who has helped to keep a native language from going extinct, …

—   A free tax preparation service from AARP Foundation that helped low to moderate income Oklahomans get nearly $20 million in refunds last year, this week opens its doors in 25 cities around the state. Staffed by more than 300 volunteers who are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide assisted nearly 31,000 Oklahomans filing their federal and state returns in 2015. Volunteers helped Oklahomans get a total …

— Shawnee resident Hazel McDaniel, who has spent the better part of her life serving other people, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award, named for the association’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is the most prestigious volunteer tribute given by AARP. It recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Mrs. McDaniel, who recently accepted the award at a luncheon, told the …

—   One by one, as their names were called and a short summary of their life read, they stood to the applause of the assembled audience as a medallion was hung around their neck. Artists and educators, ministers and veterans, language preservationists and tribal leaders. Some were well-known, others have lived quiet lives of dignity. All were celebrated at the 7th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors held Tuesday in Oklahoma City. “The common thread among these honorees is the …

— In one of the most disaster-prone states in the country, AARP Oklahoma has released a disaster preparedness kit called Game Day. Available online in September as part of National Preparedness Month, the kit is designed to help individuals and families be prepared in case an emergency strikes. It includes special information for family caregivers and provides tips from the AARP Fraud Watch Network on how to avoid scams in the aftermath of a disaster. Oklahoma and McClain counties have declared …