Oklahoma County TRIAD Unofficial Page

     

Oklahoma Areawide Aging Agency Senior Resource Directory (now online and updated continuously)

                                

This page was updated on October 28, 2021


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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 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 10-28-2021)

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:


Oklahoma County TRIAD - SALT Council Meeting Locations & Schedules as of October, 2021 click (here for brochure)  Note:  Be sure to double-check the OCSO website here for the latest updates on meeting times, dates and places.  Scroll down to "TRIAD" then opposite it, click on the "+" to expand for more information.


Watch the the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office Lip Sync Challenge Video here.


Watch the Oklahoma City Police Departments Lip Sync Challenge Video here.



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:


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



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.



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."
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:
(Updated 10-28-2021)

SOME TRIAD S.A.L.T. COUNCIL MEETINGS HAVE RESUMED.  CONTACT DEPUTY TARA HARDIN FOR DETAILS (see below).  OKLAHOMA CITY TRIAD S.A.L.T. COUNCILS NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST (w/Sheryl Presley from OCPD) ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN JANUARY, 2022.  KEEP CHECKING BACK HERE FOR UPDATES.  


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:

Deputy Tara Hardin, TRIAD Coordinator
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
E-mail:  tara.hardin@oklahomacounty.org
Office:  (405) 869-2555


ANNUAL SUNBEAM/TRIAD GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN (GRG) CHRISTMAS EVENT

Due to continuing Covid concerns, gift cards will again be distributed this year at an outside, drive-thru event at Sunbeam's headquarters.  Funding this year is very limited, so it is imperative that you get your application in as soon as possible - the deadline is November 1, 2021 - NO applications will be accepted after this date.   Per Sunbeam's website, "Please note completing the application does not guarantee assistance. Application spots will be limited and will be on a first come first serve basis based on your submission of the application. If your application is approved, we will reach out to you at the end of November with more details on the event."

December 4, 2021

Time is still to be determined - keep checking Sunbeam's website below or call 405-528-7721.

Sunbeam Family Services

1100 NW 14th St. (cross street: Classen)

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Google Map here

Website here

Link to Application here

Application page here


You can fill out an application online or, you can call Olivia directly at (405) 609-8812.  You can also call the main Sunbeam number, 405-528-7721 and speak with the Program Manager, Andrea Hughes, for assistance.



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


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National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Day

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:  


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


WATCH: 2020 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - KFOR 12-07-2020


President Trump signs bill to help grandparents raising kids - Washington Examiner, 7/9/2018

More info on resources here.


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
Generations United
U.S. Census Bureau Report: Coresident Grandparents & Their Grandchildren 2012 Population Characteristics (issued Oct. 2014)

Grandfamilies.org


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 as there are a limited number of openings for both programs and there are eligibility requirements.

More info here:  Sunbeam Family Services, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren



TRIAD INFORMATION:

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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office - Special Information Regarding Tax Scams for 2016

Important Note:  The IRS may call you now.  Please read these important articles regarding this policy change:  

What?  The IRS Will Call You Now!

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


Oklahoma County TRIAD - Working Together to Keep Our Seniors Safe (Updated October, 2018 - includes latest meeting location schedule)


Oklahoma County TRIAD - Crime & the Elderly

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office - Safe Driving & the Older Adult

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office - Informational Brochure

Oklahoma County TRIAD Newsletter - July, 2016


Oklahoma County TRIAD Newsletter - October, 2016




TRIAD IN THE NEWS:


OCPD TRIAD Coordinator Sheryl Presley interview with Robin Gunn, publisher of the Oklahoma Senior Journal on 02-02-2020        Downloadable file here.


Stolen Medals Returned To MWC WWII Vet (11-09-2017)


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:
KOCO News 5 VIDEO
KFOR News Channel 4 VIDEO
KOCO News 5 VIDEO

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!! 

2020 KFOR Newschannel 4 VIDEO

2018 KFOR Newschannel 4 VIDEO
2017 KFOR Newschannel 4 VIDEO
And an extra special thanks to Odessa Ross and her daughter, Pam - 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.
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


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OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR SENIORS:  
(Updated 10-28-2021)


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


Mercy Care for Caregivers Newsletter - May thru August, 2016
Mercy Community Outreach Newsletter - May, June, July 2016



Senior Living Truth Series

Outstanding, FREE, informative (online and in-person) seminars hosted by senior real estate experts Dr. Nikki and Chris Buckelew of OKC Mature Moves.  The Buckelews and their panels of industry experts cover topics including downsizing, wills & trusts, aging in place, senior home selling, healthcare, financing long term care, and much more.  Click here for upcoming seminar schedules.




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.

Embark brochure with coverage map

Embark Special Services Transportation brochure

Embark Mobility Management services

New Free Program Connects Seniors with Local Wellness Centers - Embark Well



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.  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 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.




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 podcast) or smart phone through iHeart Radio app here or the TuneIn app here.