— 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 …

— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, 2019, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, Tax-Aide has served more than 50 million taxpayers and is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. 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 are prepared- free of charge- by …

— AARP Oklahoma wants to ensure that residents in the state’s nursing facilities receive proper care and attention. Last year a study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute found that Oklahoma’s nursing facilities had the second-highest rate in the U.S. of residents at high risk for pressure sores. Such sores are worrisome because they can lead to dangerous infections. Oklahoma also ranked first in the nation in the use of antipsychotic medications for patients without a psychiatric diagnosis. AARP Oklahoma is working …

—   This year you have not one, not two, not three, but four volunteer opportunities for AARP’s Day of Service on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Join us in McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee or Tulsa as we roll up our sleeves to participate in local community service projects. AARP staff and volunteers will be volunteering at the local food banks in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. In McAlester, volunteers will assemble backpacks with food for children needing nutritional snacks on the weekends. Last year, 75 …

— AARP Oklahoma is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Oklahomans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The award is named for AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Oklahoma based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced in November. AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award …

— Nona Penner of Yukon was honored, posthumously, for positively impacting the lives of others throughout her life. She was named the recipient of the 2017 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service, which is the highest honor presented by AARP, at a luncheon in Oklahoma City on November 14, 2017. Penner was one of six nominees. AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said, “Nona Penner’s generous and giving spirit exemplifies the best of Oklahoma and we honor her commitment to community …

— One day. Six locations. 75 volunteers. Thousands of Oklahomans served. Across our state on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Ada, Clinton, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa, AARP volunteers and staff focused on Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope. AARP volunteers helped sort and pack more than 29,000 pounds of food AARP’s 16th Annual Day of Service. Thank you for making 2017 Day of Service such a success!  

— This year you have not one, not two, not three, but four volunteer opportunities for AARP’s Day of Service on Monday, September 11, 2017. Join us in McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee or Tulsa as we roll up our sleeves to participate in local community service projects. AARP staff and volunteers will be volunteering at the local food banks in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. In McAlester, volunteers will assemble backpacks with food for children needing nutritional snacks on the weekends.   McALESTER What: AARP …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— AARP Oklahoma invites volunteers to help fight hunger and feed hope by participating in its annual Day of Service, Sept. 11. Volunteers can choose one of three locations: the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and the Community Market of Pottawatomie County in Shawnee. Last year, AARP staff and volunteers bagged 4,760 pounds of apples and packed more than 8,800 meals. To sign up, call 877-926-8300 toll-free.