— A new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute finds Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation in several key indicators of quality of care at our state’s nursing facilities. The report, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-term Services and Supports, is a compilation of data on long-term care services and supports in each state and combines data from original analysis and a large number of other relevant studies and sources. According to the report, Oklahoma has the second …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— Tulsa is one of six cities nationwide participating in a pilot project to connect family caregivers with “hyperlocal” resources when they are searching for help for their loved ones. More than 524,000 Oklahomans serve as family caregivers. Residents will be able to download guides offering new information on caregiving resources in their area. For more information, go to aarp.org/ok.

—   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 …

— The battle to protect your identity is getting a little easier – or at least cheaper. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze your credit reports to help protect against fraud. In states that have not already outlawed the fees, the freezes had cost from $2 to …

— Join AARP Oklahoma and KOTV News on 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer for a special weather safety seminar on August 27. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is the purpose of this free event. Travis will talk about the drastic changes in weather forecasting, what that means as we age and why are safer now. He will also discuss weather unknowns, the importance of easy, accessible storm (safe) rooms and how new ideas are helping make it easier to get access …

— 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 …

— By Sean Voskuhl, AARP State Director How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply …

— Scammers pretending to be from computer companies rely on successful tech support scams to steal your money, gain access to your computer, or both. How it works: You get a call or see a pop-up message on your computer warning that you have a virus (the caller will claim to be from Microsoft, Apple or another well-known tech company). They convince you to provide remote access to your computer so they can show you the ‘problem’ – and then pull …

— Please join AARP Oklahoma at the Tulsa World’s 2018 Senior Living Expo on August 11.  This free event will include free health screenings, informative seminars to help you plan and live well, shopping and entertainment. Fraud Watch Network Volunteer Wayne Blackmon will host a special seminar on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family at 12:30 p.m. AARP Oklahoma will also have a booth at the event, and will provide a variety of resources …