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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:

  • Refrigerator Card Program: Gives emergency responders immediate information to help serve you better in case of an emergency.
  • Educational Seminars: Programs available on fraud, scams, identity theft, personal safety, etc. Programs can also be developed according to your specific needs.all free-of-charge.
  • Young at Heart Senior Prom: A yearly social event, providing our seniors the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officials and improve relations between Oklahoma County's different communities. Sponsored by Integris Health.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Donations are accepted from various partners. Those donations are used to assist grandparents on a fixed income to give their grandchildren a traditional Christmas experience, including a Christmas turkey for each family, along with gifts presented by Santa Claus at our annual reception.
  • Elder Law Day: A half-day seminar dedicated to legal issues that affect seniors.


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:


  • Educate: by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults.
  • Assist: by recruiting and training volunteers to assist police departments, sheriff’s offices and other agencies.
  • Support: by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
  • Unite: by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies, and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities." (Source)



BREAKING NEWS!!!
(Updated 05-18-2022, 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:


UPDATE:  The OKC-South TRIAD SALT Council meeting location has changed effective April 28, 2022 - the new location is:  The Pete White Health & Wellness Center, 4021 S. Walker, OKC, OK 73109  Google Map here.   Time is the same - 3rd Thursdays of the month at 1:30pm.  See the TRIAD INFORMATION section below for other meeting dates, places and times.


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OffenderWatch®
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:
(Updated 05-18-2022)

ALL TRIAD S.A.L.T. COUNCIL MEETINGS HAVE RESUMED. CONTACT DEPUTY TARA HARDIN FOR DETAILS (contact info below). 



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) Back-to-School Backpack Handout

(You MUST have been pre-registered to receive a backpack!!!!)

Saturday, July 23, 2022

9:00am - 1:00pm

First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City

1001 NW 25th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 (at N. Western Ave.)
Google Map

Keep checking back for more details

Grandparents needing assistance please contact Sunbeam at:  405-528-7721



OCPD TRIAD Chaplains' Corner at the State Fair
For TRIAD Members Only! 
We provide First Responders and Safety Center personnel with snacks, drink and meals throughout the Fair.  Volunteers are needed to keep tables stocked with snacks and coolers filled with ice and drinks and to also help serve meals in the afternoons.  Shifts are in 2-hour increments and before and or after your shift, you can attend the Fair for free!!  (Family members or friends wishing to attend with you will still have to pay admission fees.) The Safety Center (west end section of the Administration Building) is air conditioned and has bathrooms.  Volunteers will be provided with free parking passes for the gravel lot just to the north of the Safety Center.  You MUST attend orientation in order to volunteer - NO EXCEPTIONS - this is a State Fair and OCPD safety requirement as background checks are required for Safety Center personnel.

State Fair Orientation Day:
Tuesday, September 13th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Off May Avenue, enter Fairgrounds at Gate 2 (Neosho Dr.).  Park in gravel lot directly to the north of the Administration Building, follow the sidewalk along the west side of the building and enter the west door.  Maps below.

State Fair Work Days:  
Thursday, September 15th thru Sunday, September 25th
Shift times available:  8:00am - 9:00pm
Oklahoma State Fair website
Oklahoma State Fair map
Google Map


Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Christmas Party

Dates for shopping and wrapping are set!!  Keep checking back here as the dates below approach in the event any changes have to be made due Covid restrictions or other reasons. Don't worry if you can't be present for all hours on every day - any amount of time you can spare will be greatly appreciated!!! 


All shopping will be done at:

Walmart Super Center

6100 W Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK  73127

Google Map

Shopping Dates & Times:

Start at 8:30 am - approx. 11:00 am (all Wednesdays)

October 5

October 19

November 2

November 16


All wrapping will be done at:

Sunbeam Family Services

1100 NW 14th St (at Classen)

Oklahoma City, Ok 73106

Google Map

Wrapping Dates & Times

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (all Fridays)

October 7

October 21

November 4

November 18


Christmas Party Date:  

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2022  

Keep checking back for exact times and location.





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
E-mail:  tara.hardin@oklahomacounty.org
Office:  (405) 869-2555

Also see the OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS section below! 


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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.



TRIAD INFORMATION:

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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

Grandchildren
All the shopping and wrapping was done and the 2018 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 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.

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OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS:  
(Updated 05-18-2022)


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.



2022 Better with Age Health & Safety Fun Day - North (FALL)
Click here for flyer

See website for more info.
Thursday, October 13th, 2022
9:00am - 1:00pm
The Shoppes at Northpark (fka Northpark Mall)
12100 N May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Google Map
For additional info or to reserve exhibitor space, contact:
Lisa @ 405-314-7840 or L.Sydnor@betterwithageok.com  or
LaShanya @ 405-532-6057 or L.Nash@betterwithageok.com

Better with Age Health & Safety Fun Day-Del City, Caregiver Magazine story 202204 & 05​



Second Half Expo - Everything for the 50+ Generation
Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:00am - 4:00pm
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
​Pre-registering highly encouraged!
Google Map
Website with all info here.




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

Google Map here





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)

Brochure with application





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! 

Read their brochure here or visit their website here.





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.


Also see their Facebook and Instagram pages.





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:  

Official IRS webpage on this subject and new private debt collection practices