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December 10, 2013

Applications available for aging academy

NORMAN — OKLAHOMA CITY — The award-winning Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) is accepting applications for its 2014 class. OAALA provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma's aging population. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31.

Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to utilize constructive advocacy techniques to effect social change and a commitment to build communities that include and value all older persons and persons with disabilities. They also should demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of people and the ability to see things from the point of view of others.

OAALA classes are hostedd at the DHS Aging Services office in Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma City. Each monthly class session meets from Friday evening through Saturday. Classes are tentatively scheduled for February to November.

There is no cost to participate; meals, books and resource materials are provided. Overnight accommodations are available for those who qualify. Travel reimbursement may be provided under the state travel reimbursement act. However, since tuition is provided by sponsors, students should plan to complete the entire course.

OAALA is sponsored by DHS Aging Services and is funded in part by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

For more information or to request an application, call Judy Leitner at 752-1257 or Aging Services at 521-2281.

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