— 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 …

— 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 …

—   Download and print your copy of Game Day by AARP — a tool guide with information and checklists to help you prepare for a disaster. Game day will help you put together a communication plan, compile important emergency telephone numbers and make a list of medications you might need in the event of an emergency.     Con artists and scammers are ready to take advantage of disaster victims. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has tools and tips to …

— AARP today urged the State House of Representatives to approve a proposal that would support family caregivers and protect vulnerable Oklahomans from financial exploitation. Under current law, a power of attorney could automatically terminate in cases where a guardian is appointed. SB 109 by Senator Patrick Anderson, R-Enid and Representative Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner, would amend Oklahoma statute to allow durable powers of attorney to continue, according to AARP Oklahoma State President Joe Ann Vermillion. The proposal, which was approved unanimously …

— City of OKC emergency mgmt is assessing and will have more information following assessments; they are currently aware of two areas of damage in OKC (SW 119 from S. May to the Moore city limits; N. Council to N. Rockwell from Reno to NW 10th) The Moore Chamber of Commerce has been out checking on businesses The Moore Police Department has started a new Community Service Unit and is available to help solve community problems that may arise.  Please feel free to …

— With less than a month left before Tax Day, AARP Fraud Fighters are warning Oklahomans about tax identity theft scams circulating widely across the state and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. “Already this year, hundreds of Oklahomans have been victims of tax identity theft and many more are putting themselves at risk,” says AARP Oklahoma Fraud Fighter Ethel Broiles. “All scammers need is a birthdate and Social Security number and they can electronically file …

— By Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office Editor’s Note: Mrs. DeRoin was a 2010 honoree at the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors. Nominations for the 2015 AARP Indian Elder Honors are being accepted online HERE.  When Lorena Kihega DeRoin was born near the Otoe-Missouria Indian Agency in Noble County, Oklahoma in 1915, her parents could never have imagined the changes their tiny daughter would live to see in her lifetime. On February 9, Lorena celebrates her 100th birthday. As the …