— 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, …

— A new state law, which takes effect Nov. 1, aims to expand the number of places across the state that connect family caregivers with local resources. The Oklahoma Caregiver Support Act directs the state Department of Human Services to work with community groups to improve access to caregiver services in low, middle and high income areas. Schools and city and county facilities will provide information, counseling, training and in some cases vouchers to help caregivers. More than 524,000 Oklahomans serve …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Offers Free Tax Preparation and Assistance for Oklahomans Program Helped State Residents Receive More Than $21 Million in Refunds Last Year (TULSA, Okla.) – Tax-Aide, a free tax preparation service from AARP Foundation, is available in 24 cities across Oklahoma February 1 – April 15, 2017. Last year, 321 Oklahoma AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 34,126 people file their federal and state tax returns at 36 sites statewide. This resulted in refunds totaling $17.5 million and …

— Oklahomans can learn about resources for family caregivers by watching a 60-minute seminar online. Produced by the AARP state office, the webinar  addresses the needs and concerns of those who care for an aging parent, spouse or other loved one in the Sooner State. “This is an issue that most Oklahomans will face—if they haven’t already,” said Sean Voskuhl, AARP state director. About 524,000 Oklahoma caregivers provide about 488 million hours of unpaid services annually, worth about $6.1 billion. In …