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, Deputy 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 20 different locations throughout the metro area and now online (click here for more info)!!!! 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 03-10-2023, past stories are at the bottom of the page.)
The TRIAD has S.A.L.T. Councils in 20 locations (including online) 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."
Care Trak Program
Care Trak is a program that issues bracelets which emit a radio frequency to help Oklahoma City Police officers to electronically locate at-risk people who have wandered off or gone missing. Care Trak has been used nationally since 1986, and with it thousands of missing persons have been located.
UPCOMING TRIAD EVENTS
(Always free, fun, informative, without any obligation and open to the public - please bring your friends!!!!):
FRAUD PREVENTION CONFERENCE
Folks, if you missed this year's conference this month, you missed out on a ton of great speakers, information and delicious lunches!! But don't worry, dates for the 2024 conference have already been confirmed, so mark your calendars now for these dates (all Fridays): July 12, 19, & 26 and keep checking back here for updates!! Many thanks again to Deputy Tara Hardin, TRIAD Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, for organizing this and other great events to help keep the public informed and safe!!! UPDATE 08-10-2023: Due to the success of the conference and by popular demand, details are being ironed out to make certain portions of the conference available online. Keep checking back here for updates and links. Also, I have posted a resource list with many of the links and phone numbers the speakers referenced in their presentations. Links will be at the top of this page and on the Publications page.
TRIAD/Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Back-to-School Backpack/School Supplies Distribution Day
We had a great event!! Many thanks to all the TRIAD volunteers who came out to assist.
UPDATE: 8-10-2023: Unfortunately, KFOR dropped the ball and there will be no video from the day of the event.
TRIAD North Annual Luncheon
(No regular TRIAD-North monthly meeting in Aug.)
Thanks to everyone who attended the luncheon. I want to apologize for the incorrect pricing quote - I did not know Incredible Pizza was sneaking in a $.36 "Service Fee" to each buffet sale! Shame on them!!! This strategy is starting to seep into our restaurants here and few disclose it on their menus, so, when eating out, before you place your order, ask the server if they attach a "service fee" to each ticket and if they do, request a manager and demand that it be removed or you will take it off the tip if they refuse. We need to expose and put a stop to this practice before it becomes to widespread!!
OCPD TRIAD Chaplains' Corner at the Annual Oklahoma State Fair
Thanks SO MUCH to all those members who volunteered this year - we had a great time. Unfortunately, some people weren't able to join us because they didn't get their background check info in to Sheryl in time (despite 2 months plus advance notice) or they gave incomplete or inaccurate information (we only needed your name as it appears on your drivers license and date of birth, nothing else - as easy as that was, some people still couldn't follow instructions - sorry!)
Follow these websites to get a jump on next year's Fair!!!
RUN-HIDE-FIGHT (Active Shooter Training for Older Adults)
Note: This is classroom lecture-style, adult education training - you will not have to engage in any physical activity that involves running, hiding, or fighting.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
8:30 am - 12 pm
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
2101 NE 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
TRIAD "Young at Heart" Senior Prom (May or June) - Cancelled for 2023
TRIAD/Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Christmas Project Shopping & Wrapping Dates
All shopping will be done from 8:30 am to approximately Noon at the:
6100 W. Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
on these Wednesdays:
All wrapping will be done from Noon to approximately 3:00 pm at:
Sunbeam Family Service's Edwards Early Education & Community Hope Center
1123 NE Grand Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Google Map Here.
on these Fridays:
TRIAD/Sunbeam Family Services Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Christmas Party
A limited and pre-determined number of gift bags will be available. You MUST have been pre-registered with Sunbeam Family Services to receive a gift bag, NO exceptions.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
First Presbyterian Church
1001 NW 25th St (NE corner of NW 25th St and N Western Ave intersection)
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Google Map Here
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
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 and Christmas Present Programs....
Grandparents, if you are raising your grandchildren and you need assistance with school supplies and or want to register for the Christmas Gift Project, please contact Sunbeam at (405) 528-7721 and tell them that you want to register for these programs. Hurry as there are a limited number of openings and you MUST be pre-registered to participate in Sunbeam's programs. Also, there are specific, new eligibility requirements as of 2023 and not everyone will qualify.
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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.
Socks for Seniors Oklahoma
Many thanks to the TRIAD members who generously donate their time and labor to help out this wonderful charity. Also, MANY, MANY THANKS to Masonic Lodge #36 for so graciously donating space and utilities in their lodge for us to assemble the 2,200 gift bags for residents of Medicaid and VA nursing homes - we couldn't do it without them!!!
For more info or to volunteer:
or call/text Sue McMillan at: Cell: 405-627-7794
or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
(A 20-Minute, Monthly, Free & Informative Webinar Series brought to you by the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Medicare Assistance Program) Register here.
All start at 10:00 am CDT
07/10 - Low-Income Assistance Programs
08/07 - Medicare Options
09/11 - Get Ready for Open Enrollment
10/02 - Open Enrollment
11/06 - Medicare Marketing Guidelines
12/04 - Medicare Changes for 2024
Better with Age Fun Day
In affiliation with Caregiver Magazine
Thursday, October 12th, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shoppes at Northpark (fka Northpark Mall)
12100 N May Ave (southeast corner of NW 122nd intersection)
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Second Half Expo 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Oklahoma National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St (south side of the road between N. Kelley Ave & N Martin Luther King
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
More info here (It's free, but RSVP here to avoid the check-in line.)
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.
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 formal chapters and members-at-large groups all over the country that hold monthly membership meetings. Join now and support this wonderful organization!
Gold Star Wives (now includes men)
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 from 9:06 am - 11:00 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 Deputy 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
Home Title Theft and How to Protect Yourself (12-08-2022)
I have been receiving calls about this for some time as most people have heard the ads on TV and radio for that fee-based service that will monitor you title and alert you to potential theft. Well, some county assessors, including Oklahoma County, offer a similar service for FREE!!! Go to the Oklahoma County Lien Alert System and follow the instructions to sign up. If you live in another county, contact your respective county assessor's office to see if they offer a similar service and if not, you may want to take advantage of below:
Credit Monitoring (12-08-2022)
Due to Covid, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has extended thru December, 2023, citizens' free weekly access to their full credit reports from each of the Big 3 credit reporting agencies - more info here and here.
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!!! (11-30-2021)
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:
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