— 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 has recognized four legislative leaders who have significantly contributed to AARP’s mission of empowering people to choose how they age and live independently with dignity and purpose. The 2019 AARP Legislative Leadership awards were presented to State Sen. Kim David (R) of Porter, State Sen. Stephanie Bice (R) of Oklahoma City, State Rep. Harold Wright (R) of Weatherford and State Rep. Tammy West (R) of Bethany during the annual AARP Oklahoma Advocacy Day at the Oklahoma Capitol on …

— AARP Oklahoma livability surveys for the communities of Tulsa, Norman, Shawnee and Vinita have been extended to be open until February 28. The surveys will gather community feedback to determine attitudes and opinions on a variety of topics, such as housing, outdoor spaces, transportation and streets, health and wellness, social participation, educational opportunities, volunteering and civic engagement and job opportunities. Residents of the four communities age 40+ are invited to complete the surveys, which are part of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly …

— The 2018 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service was presented to Jerry Baxter of Oklahoma City during AARP’s Volunteer Celebration and Andrus Award luncheon in Oklahoma City on November 1, 2018. Baxter is one of four Andrus Award nominees who were recognized at the AARP Oklahoma Volunteer Celebration and Andrus Award luncheon. The Andrus Award for Community Service is named in honor of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and is the highest honor presented by AARP. Baxter was …

— Vinita, Okla., August 21, 2018 — Downtown Vinita will soon be more pedestrian-friendly, thanks to a $25,000 grant from AARP and its 2018 Community Challenge grant program. The Vinita City Council and Vinita city officials were presented with an honorary check for the grant by AARP Oklahoma during the August 21 city council meeting. AARP Community Grant Challenge dollars will fund a downtown Vinita revitalization project, which significantly improves the safety and walkability of the community’s historic Route 66 Main …

— Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including a recipient right here in Oklahoma.  The City of Vinita has been awarded $25,000 to fund an innovative downtown-area revitalization project, which greatly improves the safety and walkability of their historic Route 66 Main Street area. The City of Vinita grant is among a total of $1.3 million that will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements …

— 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’s founder, Ethel Andrus, first founded the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) and, later, AARP. NRTA and AARP have always maintained a strong relationship. Many of AARP OK’s 400,000 members are retired police officers, fire fighters, teachers or state employees. As such, we fully support our retired public servants. Currently, there is a bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, HB 2985, by Representative Frix that would provide a 4% cost-of-living adjustment – something which has not occurred in 10 years. …

— 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 …

— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, 2018, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code, according to Tax-Aide State Coordinator Johanna Graham. “Taxes prepared, free of charge, …