Oklahoma County TRIAD
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Seniors, have you heard about the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office TRIAD program? We are very fortunate to have this program available to us and thanks to the herculean efforts of the former coordinator, Sgt. Kelli Bruemmer, and the new coordinator, Corporal Kim Lopez and Sheryl Presley of OCPD and the full support of Sheriff Taylor, Chief Citty and other local law enforcement departments and community partners, the program is growing by leaps and bounds! Regular meetings are held monthly at various locations throughout the metro area. They are informal, free, fun, informative, open to the public, and require no commitments on your part. Additionally, the TRIAD program has grown immensely over the years to include numerous, free, large informational events such as Senior Awareness Days, Informed Senior Seminars, Elder Law Day, Older Driver Safety Day and the Senior Prom, all which take place throughout the year at different locations in the metro area. Additionally, the TRIAD also partners with a fantastic Oklahoma charitable organization, Sunbeam Family Services, to assist with their Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Back to School Backpacks/School Supplies and Christmas Presents projects. Please check back here frequently for notices about these upcoming events (see below). Here's an excerpt from the program's website: (Note: You do not have to be a resident of Oklahoma County to attend these meetings or events - all are welcome.)
"Sheriff John Whetsel is committed to keeping our senior citizens up-to-date on current crime trends and safety concerns. TRIAD is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff's office, local police departments and senior citizens working together to reduce and prevent crimes against seniors. Our TRIAD program in Oklahoma County was established in 1997, and, in the years since its creation, has developed and consistently maintained interactive programs in several of our local communities. Our membership grows each and every year, and we look forward to reaching more areas of the county in the years to come. S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Councils are groups which carry out the TRIAD activities. Our goal is to educate senior citizens on crimes directed at their age group and how to protect themselves. We currently have eleven active S.A.L.T. Councils and are looking to start even more. S.A.L.T. Councils are currently active in the following communities:" (see the website for meeting locations and times).
The TRIAD program is a voluntary program whose national office is in Alexandria, Virginia. Here's an excerpt from their website:
"Since 1988, Triad has helped law enforcement keep older adults safe in their communities by using older volunteers and others within the private sector who have a vested interest in older adults." (Source)
"The National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations - law enforcement, older adults, and community groups. The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safety and to reduce the fear of crime that older adults often experience. NATI assists at the grassroots level, helping you organize your Triad and providing a clearinghouse of programs and resources that can be implemented at a community level, and training materials for law enforcement, volunteers, and community groups.
What Triads do:
The TRIAD has S.A.L.T. Councils in 19 locations and now covers the entire county!!!! Here's the full list of times and locations:
Left Lane Law
Confused about the new law? Hearing different stories from different talking heads on the news? Here is the full text of the actual law and some news stories in the media:
New Medicare Cards Rolling Out Nationwide in April, 2018 (June for Oklahoma)!!!
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Official webpage for new card rollout information and updates (you can also sign up for e-mail updates here)
Your old card will be still be good for 2 more years. Beware of scams trying to get your personal information. You do NOT have to pay for this new card. It is very important for everyone, irrespective of age, to establish their online account at Social Security's website at: http://www.ssa.gov (then click on the my Social Security link) before someone else (scammer) does it for you. Also, the address reflected here is where your new Medicare card will be sent, so it is very important you confirm that it is correct, along with other details of your Social Security profile.
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More info about it here.
OffenderWatch® website - search for offenders in you area here.
Another good side for this is: Family Watchdog
UPCOMING TRIAD EVENTS:
Don't miss these great informative events!!! They're 100% free and open to the public. Be sure to tell your friends and bring them with you!!! And don't forget to go to a monthly TRIAD meeting near you!!!
Vendors wishing to set up tables at any of the TRIAD-sponsored events should contact:
Corporal Kim Lopez, TRIAD Coordinator
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
National Pharmaceutical Take Back Day
If you missed this event, search the DEA's website here for other authorized collection locations or check here:
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substance Public Disposal Location finder (Try this source first and if the link isn't working try this link.)
Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Info - Medication Drop-Off Location List
Safe Medicine Use & Poison Prevention Tips Guide for Older Adults and Caregivers - U.S. HHS
Oklahoma Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Are you a grandparent and raising your grandchildren? Estimates vary depending upon the source, but Oklahoma ranks somewhere in the top 5 in the nation of the number of grandfamilies. Below are resources for you!
Oklahoma City's Sunbeam Family Services' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program & local resources
More info on Grandfamilies at AARP's website here.
Oklahoma resource list for Grandfamilies (EXCELLENT)
Oklahoma Grand Families
Oklahoma Dept of Human Services Grandfamily Resource page
Oklahoma Dept of Human Services Starting Points for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Guide - Aug. 2008
U.S. Census Bureau Report: Coresident Grandparents & Their Grandchildren 2012 Population Characteristics (issued Oct. 2014)
Sunbeam Family Services Back-to-School Backpack Program....
Grandparents, if you are raising your grandchildren and you need assistance with school supplies, contact Sunbeam at (405) 528-7721 and tell them that you want to register for this program and the Christmas Project. Hurry as there are a limited number of openings.
Grandparents, if you are raising your grandchildren and you would like to participate in the Christmas Present Program, please contact Sunbeam at (405) 528-7721 and tell them that you want to register for this program and for next year's (2018) Back to School Program. Hurry as there are a limited number of openings for both programs and there are eligibility requirements.
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TRIAD IN THE NEWS:
Sunbeam Family Services Back-to-School Backpack Program....
....2017 was a GREAT success thanks to all the great folks at Sunbeam and the volunteers from the OCPD, OCSO and TRIAD. Here are some local news channel videos from the event:
KOCO News 5 VIDEO
KFOR News Channel 4 VIDEO
KOCO News 5 VIDEO
Sunbeam Family Services Christmas Gift Program for Grandparents Raising
All the shopping and wrapping was done and the 2017 Christmas party was a great hit!!!! Many, MANY thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with this incredible effort - your efforts will put smiles on hundreds of childrens' faces this Christmas, children who might not otherwise have had presents to open. Special thanks to the volunteers from OG&E, OCPD, OCSO and all the wonderful TRIAD members. I also want to recognize Walmart's (I-40 & MacArthur) General Manager, Eric Elliot, and his wonderful staff for welcoming us and being so helpful and supportive with this effort and Walmart's charitable generosity - there is no way we could do this without your partnership year after year!! And how do you keep those floors so shiny??
KFOR Newschannel 4 VIDEO
And an extra special thanks to Odessa Ross - watch this news story of her incredible efforts to knit hundreds of stocking caps EVER YEAR that are handed out to the children at the annual Christmas party.
KFOR Newschannel 4 VIDEO: Oklahoma woman’s labor of love for children touching the hearts of many
Pictures from the December 2, 2017 Christmas Party
OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS:
Seniors (50+) be sure to check out our new Senior Wellness Center (Part of the MAPS 3 Project) at:
Healthy Living & Fitness, Inc
11501 N Rockwell Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73162
RSVP OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Seniors, are you looking for a place to volunteer, but don't know where to start? RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program) will assess your experiences and interests to find the best fit for you!
OKLAHOMA SENIOR JOURNAL (OSJ) with ROBIN GUNN
From the website: "The Oklahoma Senior Journal is the original senior-focused Oklahoma publication....the original and longest-running 50-Plus publication in the metro."
Great news! Robin now has her own radio show!! It's call "Rise and Thrive" and can be heard every Saturday at 9:05am on KZLS 1640AM.
You can also hear past shows on the website.
You can get a PDF copy of the latest Oklahoma Senior Journal and find out about the OSJ app for your smart device on the website's homepage.
You can listen live on your smart device through the TuneIn app here.
WELL PRESERVED ADVISORY GROUP with EUNICE KHOURY
From the group's website: "If you have not prepared yourself for the life events like illness, retirement living or assisted living costs, we can help! The Well Preserved Advisory group is a team of independent agents ready help you with your insurance and retirement planning needs. We have good information and assist you in creating YOUR best plan. Call today for a no-obligation review of your plan and goals."
Also check the Eunice Khoury's Well Preserved Advisory Group's Events page for other functions that may be of interest to you and sign up for her free e-newsletter!!
Be sure to tune in to KTOK AM 1000 at 9:06 am every Saturday to listen to Eunice - she is a wealth of information for seniors especially when it comes to Medicare and other insurance issues and Corporal Kim Lopez, TRIAD Coordinator with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, is a frequent guest!
You can also listen on your computer (live or archived podcast) or smart phone through iHeart Radio app here or the TuneIn app here.