— AARP OKLAHOMA OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 INDIAN ELDER HONORS 9th Annual Celebration to Recognize Impact on Tribes, Family and Community 2017 INDIAN ELDER HONORS NOMINATION FORM AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its ninth annual Indian Elder Honors to celebrate 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their community, family, tribe and nation. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 400 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes and nations in Oklahoma. “The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes …

— Picture, if you can, a man standing with the skin of his chest pierced with wooden pegs tied to leather thongs which are then attached to a pole.  The man leans away from the pole putting weight on the skin.  The man is a Native American Sun Dancer, and for at least 15 years, that man was Frank Alby.  Now 81, Frank doesn’t dance anymore, but he still participates in this sacred ceremony while other men dance.  Frank’s participation in …

— Please join us for the AARP Financial Resilience Workshop, a free seminar about how to get the most out of your retirement savings. Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to  help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need.  We also help you find real advice about collecting your benefits, how to save more money and how to cut down on unnecessary costs, so you may experience …

— The American Indians Pathways Taskforce will host a one-day free training and education conference for leadership to promote the civil rights of American Indians. The Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Trainings & Education Conference will be July 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Springhill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State University of Denver, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Topics will include information on health care, employment, education, environmental justice and nutrition. Also …

— Health disparities between Native Americans and other Oklahomans will be a key issue at the Seventh Generation Conference, April 14-16 in Midwest City. Cosponsored by AARP Oklahoma, the conference takes its name from the Native American tradition of considering seven generations of descendants when making decisions. Oklahoma is home to about 346,500 Native Americans, who are at higher risk than Caucasians for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Conference participants will discuss access to health care under the Affordable Care Act. …

— AARP New Mexico’s new State Director Gene Varela finds satisfaction in connecting people with the services and resources they need that can help them build better lives. “I’ve been working in the field of aging since 1976 so it’s been about 36 years I’ve been working in this area,” Varela said. “Over the years, I have found that I really enjoy working with people, particularly older individuals, and learning what their issues are and the challenges they face. Then in …