— 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. …

— Sean Voskuhl, AARP OK State Director 405-715-4475 swvokuhl@aarp.org   Melba Knight, Senior Operations Specialist 405-715-4472 mknight@aarp.org   Mashell Sourjohn, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 405-715-4474 msourjohn@aarp.org   Chad Mullen, Associate State Director- Advocacy 405-715-4470 chmullen@aarp.org   Joy McGill, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 918-352-5641 jmcgill@aarp.org   Melanie Henry, Associate State Director- Communications and Community Outreach 918-402-6666 mhenry@aarp.org

— 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 …

— AARP Oklahoma has partnered with the IRS to share important tax information beginning in tax season and continuing throughout the year. Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a …

— By: Bill Shapard, SoonerPoll.com The rising cost of prescription drugs is not a new story. But as continuing efforts to lower prices have had little effect, states including Oklahoma are starting to take matters into their own hands.  And, according to the most recent SoonerPoll, Oklahoma likely voters overwhelmingly want their state legislature to take action. Currently, U.S. law bans people from buying most prescription drugs from Canada, even if they are just as safe and effective as those bought …

— Lately, it seems that you can’t go one day without hearing about the tremendous gains (and losses) of Bitcoin and other popular “virtual currencies.” While high returns make them intriguing as an investment, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants you to be aware of the possible risks associated with investing or speculating in virtual currencies. Here’s information straight from the CFTC: What You Should Know: Virtual currency is a type of unregulated digital money that is used and …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state. The conferences are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. REGISTER ONLINE at  MAP.OID.OK.GOV or CALL  1-800-763-2828 ARDMORE – MARCH 13 Ardmore Convention Center 2401 N. Rockford Rd. Salons D & E Ardmore, OK 73401   OKLAHOMA CITY – …

— As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft. How it works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. What you should know: If the IRS receives a duplicate tax return filing using your Social Security number, you will receive a written notice through the mail. Likewise, the IRS will send a notice if …

— Take Action to Protect Oklahoma’s Most Vulnerable TODAY! Tell your representative to put people before profits! Tell them to vote yes on HB 2537! Oklahoma is a disaster prone state, we all know this. But did you know that many assisted living centers in Oklahoma don’t have back up power generators? Can you imagine Oklahoma’s most frail and vulnerable having to weather an ice storm or endure a power outage in one of Oklahoma’s hot summers? Last year, 11 residents …

— An overwhelming 87 percent of Oklahomans age 40 and older support changes in Oklahoma law allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners, according to survey results released today by AARP Oklahoma.   22 states and DC are addressing health care shortages by allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners. It’s time for Oklahoma to join those ranks. Full practice authority would allow nurse practitioners to care for patients within their full scope of practice without a collaborative agreement with a physician. …