— Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will manage once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+ are turning to small business ownership. We call them “encore entrepreneurs.”  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and REI Oklahoma have joined forces to …

— Gathering Place has gone to the dogs! Every Wednesday through October 30, 2019 is Dog Play Wednesday presented by AARP Oklahoma at Gathering Place. Bring your furry friend to the park and explore it together. Our tails are wagging just thinking about it! Please note, all dogs must be on a leash. Dogs are not allowed inside buildings or on the play equipment. Guests are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs. Plus, every fourth Wednesday, enjoy special programming for …

— Join AARP Oklahoma for a special screening of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Guthrie Green on Thursday, May 16. Pre-register for the movie HERE or call 1-877-926-8300 and you will be entered to win a Yeti cooler. We’ve set up a special lounge area for you to kick back, relax and watch the critically-acclaimed performances and Oscar-winning song. Also,  while enjoying the movie attendees may cool off with complimentary organic fruit pops from The …

— We know more than 524,000 Oklahomans take care of their loved ones at home, with little help and no pay. At AARP, we are committed to doing what we can to help caregivers do their jobs better and take care of themselves in the process. Please join AARP Oklahoma for a free, interactive telephone town on May 13, 2019 at 10am. AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl, Nadine Walter with Lifespan Respite and Mickey Hinds with LIFE Senior Services will …

— Register for free Oklahoma Senior Protection Summits, meet the AARP OK Fraud Fighters and register to win a personal microcut shredder. Topics will include insurance fraud, Medicare fraud, investment fraud, banking fraud, and current senior scams. • March 27 – Oklahoma City, Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S. Penn Ave. • Apri1 4 – Duncan, Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Pkwy. • April 23 – Tulsa, Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, 1902 E. 71st St. • May 2 – Mustang, Mustang …

— AARP Oklahoma has recognized four legislative leaders who have significantly contributed to AARP’s mission of empowering people to choose how they age and live independently with dignity and purpose. The 2019 AARP Legislative Leadership awards were presented to State Sen. Kim David (R) of Porter, State Sen. Stephanie Bice (R) of Oklahoma City, State Rep. Harold Wright (R) of Weatherford and State Rep. Tammy West (R) of Bethany during the annual AARP Oklahoma Advocacy Day at the Oklahoma Capitol on …

— Oklahomans have four opportunities in April and May to shred sensitive documents, for free, in Lawton, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. AARP Oklahoma is once again collaborating with community partners to host free, drive-thru shredding events. You do not have to be an AARP member to participate. “Your documents will be shredded on-site and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve taken an important step in the fight against identity theft and fraud,” said Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma State …

— For more than a decade, the jury duty scam remains one of the most successful impostor schemes. Fraudsters not only get a quick payoff but also may gather enough personal details for future identity theft.   How it works: It starts with a phone call, and a claim that you face imminent arrest because you didn’t report for jury duty. This call may seem authentic, with your caller ID showing a phone numbers for a courthouse or law enforcement agency, and the con …

— During tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the ways that scammers and hackers may try to put your potential refund in their pocket. How it works: A number of different scams tend to ramp up during the filing season. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. There are also computer viruses out there (the “Emotet” virus for one) that can send emails supposedly …

— Gathering Place and AARP Oklahoma announced today the launch of the official Park app. The app, sponsored by AARP Oklahoma, is now available for free download on iPhone and Android. The app will enhance the guest experience using beacon technology to provide additional information about the Park including announcements, way finding technology and more. It also includes a comprehensive calendar with Park events, concerts and festivals. The app uses state-of-the-art beacon technology to assist guests in navigating the Park with …