— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Join AARP Oklahoma for a telephone town hall on the role advance practice nurses play in solving Oklahoma’s health care crisis. AARP Oklahoma’s state director Sean Voskuhl will be joined by Toni Pratt-Reid, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Jenny Schmitt, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to discuss the vital role APRNs and CRNAs play in the delivery of care across Oklahoma. We will also be discussing legislation that could help these professionals do more to improve Oklahoma’s health rankings. Please …

— Year after year, Oklahoma nursing home care ranks among the worst in the nation. Now, a News on 6 investigation, Oklahoma Nursing Homes Rank Among Worst in Nation, underscores the severity of the problem. Watch the special report HERE. Are you ready for change? If so, please ask your state senator to support AARP’s Nursing Home CARE (Creating Accountability, Reform and Excellence) Plan. The CARE Plan includes HB1013, SB142 and SB280 with amendments. The CARE Plan seeks to end the overuse …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for the 11th annual AARP Oklahoma 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 500 elders from all 39-federally recognized tribes and nations in Oklahoma. SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE “The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom are the unsung heroes of their communities,” AARP Oklahoma …

— AARP Oklahoma and The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter today announced support for Senate Bill 142. SB 142, introduced by Senator Stephanie Bice (R-Oklahoma City) and Representative Tammy West (R-Bethany), will require a nursing home resident to have a psychiatric diagnosis prior to the prescription of antipsychotic medications. Oklahoma ranks first in the nation for nursing home resident use of antipsychotic medications without a psychiatric diagnosis, according to an August 2018 AARP report. One in five nursing home residents currently receives …

— More than 524,000 Oklahomans care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities. These unpaid family caregivers provide 488 million hours of care valued at a staggering six billion dollars annually, according to AARP Oklahoma, the nonprofit and nonpartisan advocacy organization for Americans 50 and older. These findings highlight the profound role of family caregivers who are recognized officially during National Family Caregivers Month in November. “Family caregivers’ labor of …

—   AARP Oklahoma hosted a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. Kevin Stitt, Drew Edmondson and Chris Powell answered your questions about where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers.     QUESTION – Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other …