— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Oklahoma is recognizing some of the Oklahoma FFA’s best and brightest chapters and students with a video, which launched on AARP social media on April 20. The video features 10 Oklahoma FFA chapters that have achieved Model of Excellence recognition by the FFA. Model of Excellence chapters recognized include Burns Flat-Dill City, Colcord, Elgin, Fairview, Howe, Oologah, Owasso, Perkins-Tryon, Stillwater, and Tulsa-Webster. Selection for the Model of Excellence honor is based on the National FFA Three-Star application judging procedure, …

— As wildfires continue to move across the western portion of our state, AARP Oklahoma stands in solidarity with our friends and neighbors impacted, as well as the first responders working tirelessly to fight the fires. Now is the time for Oklahomans to band together to support those impacted. The following resources have been compiled so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and aid relief requests. News9 – provides an up-to-date collection of links for donation opportunities Oklahoma Department …

— 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 …