Oklahoma County TRIAD Unofficial Page
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What is TRIAD? Simply put, crime prevention for seniors, but it has grown to be so much more as you will see below.
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 coordinators, Sgt. Kelli Bruemmer, Corporal Kim Lopez and new coordinator, Tara Hardin (as of July 2021), and Sheryl Presley of OCPD and the full support of Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, Chief Wade Gourley and all 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 Young at Heart 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 Johnson 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 under the TRIAD section for meeting locations and times).
Each year, the Oklahoma County TRIAD program hosts several activities and make available several programs for our older adults. A few of these activities are:
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:
(Updated 11-08-2022, past stories are at the bottom of the page.)
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:
OCPD recently launched their OffenderWatch® website. According to the website, it "is the nation's leading registered sex offender management notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it."
UPCOMING TRIAD EVENTS:
Informed Senior Seminar (May) - CANCELLED for 2022
TRIAD "Young at Heart" Senior Prom (May or June) - CANCELLED FOR 2022
Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Christmas Party:
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
10:00am to approximately Noon
(volunteers please be there by 9:00am to assist with set-up)
ALL TRIAD Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm
5833 NW Expressway (& MacArthur)
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Note: Be sure to tell the cashier that you are with the TRAID to get your discount!
Exhibitors wishing to set up tables at any of the TRIAD-sponsored events should contact:
Deputy Tara Hardin, TRIAD Coordinator
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
Office: (405) 869-2555
Also see the OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS section below!
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!
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 (2022) Back to School Program. Hurry - you MUST be pre-registered to participate in Sunbeam's programs - 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 - 2021 were GREAT successes 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:
Sunbeam Family Services Christmas Gift Program for Grandparents Raising
All the shopping and wrapping has been done for this year (2022)!, but we still have to wrap the gifts!! 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, BOK, OCPD, OCSO and all the wonderful TRIAD members and, of course, the amazing Sunbeam staff! I also want to recognize Walmart's (I-40 & MacArthur) General Manager, Eric Elliot, and his amazing 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 an extra special thanks to Odessa Ross and her daughter, Pamala - watch this news story of their incredible efforts to knit hundreds of stocking caps EVERY YEAR that are handed out to the children at the annual Christmas party.
OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS:
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!!!
DEA's National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Day (annual)
3rd Week in April
More information at this DEA website or this DEA website for a list of take back locations or below for locations open year-round.
If you missed this event, search the DEA's website here for other authorized collection locations or check here:
Senior Living Truth Series Seminars (monthly)
Outstanding, FREE, informative, and without any obligation whatsoever, the monthly Senior Living Truth Series seminars (online and in-person) are conducted by senior real estate experts Dr. Nikki and Chris Buckelew, Realtors, of OKC Mature Moves and the Buckelew Realty Group. Dr. Nikki and her panel of industry experts discuss a variety of senior life-related topics such as downsizing, legal issues, long term care, government benefits, dementia and Alzheimer's, aging in place, senior home selling, healthcare, and a host of other subjects of interest to the senior community. You can see videos of their seminars on their YouTube channel here or their website here – highly recommended!! Click here for upcoming seminar schedules or call 405-563-7501 to register. Click here for flyer and more info.
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
Gold Star Wives of America
From their website: "The Gold Star Wives of America is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization that provides assistance and friendship to those who have lost their spouse to a military-related cause of death."
GSW has chapters all over the country that hold monthly membership meetings. Join now and support this wonderful organization!
Gold Star Wives (now includes men)
Oklahoma City Chapter link (monthly meetings)
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR SENIORS AND THE DISABLED
Whatever your transportation needs, getting around OKC is much easier thanks to a variety of flexible and affordable services offered by Embark.
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." Click here to see all the locations where you can pick up a hard copy of this invaluable resource for everything senior-related!!!!
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 and 96.9FM. You can also listen live on their website or download the companion app for your smart devices (links on website). Be sure to tune in every week to hear great, informative guests and get all the latest and greatest info for seniors.
You can also hear past shows on the OSJ website or on the app.
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 OSJ's website's homepage.
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 Tara Hardin, TRIAD Coordinator with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, is a frequent guest!
You can also listen on your computer (live or archived podcasts) or smart device through iHeart Radio app here.
PAST BREAKING NEWS STORIES
Social Security Offices Re-Opening (04-04-2022)
04-04-2022 - Statement of Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner: Social Security Administration to Resume In-Person Services at Local Social Security Offices: Online Services and Telephone Remain Most Convenient Ways to Contact Agency
Social Security Payment Schedules Changed for 2022!!! (11-30-2022)
As far as I can tell, this received almost NO coverage in the press and I haven't been able to find out the reason for the change, but for most recipients, the week in which you usually received your benefit distributions to your bank accounts will now be one week LATER than in previous years and it is still based on the day of the month on which you were born. Because of this, those who have auto-draft bill payments set up based on when they receive their distributions will have to adjust their finances accordingly. Here's a good article from AARP on this with links to the new schedule and a very thorough explanation from Investopedia.
Also see: Social Security Changes Coming in 2022, U.S. News & World Report, 10/21/2021
Left Lane Law (10-30-2017)
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:
KFOR Newschannel 4 (video): What drivers need to know about the Oklahoma left lane law now in effect
KFOR Newschannel 4 (video): Left lane law now in effect for Oklahoma drivers
KFOR Newschannel 4: It’s official! The left lane law is now in effect in Oklahoma
KOCO News 5: Don’t forget! Left lane law goes into effect Wednesday in Oklahoma
KWTV News 9 (video): Oklahoma's New Left Lane Law Takes Effect Nov. 1
NewsOK (video): Left Lane Driving Ban Now the Law
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office - Special Information Regarding Tax Scams for 2016
Important Note: The IRS may call you now. Please read these important article below regarding this policy change: