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Bruce Bottorff


Bruce Bottorff is Associate State Director, Communications at AARP Hawaii.

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Advocates Gather to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 10/7/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocates will gather at the state Capitol on Thursday, October 8 in Room 329 (10 a.m. – noon) as health care representatives appear before the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group to describe current discharge procedures in Hawaii’s hospitals and the extent to which family caregivers are involved. Advocates believe hospitals need to engage family caregivers more directly in discharge discussions to ensure the safe transition of patients from hospital to home – especially as the types of support caregivers provide …

Four Events for Family Caregivers in November

Posted on 10/6/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Every day in Hawaii a silent army of family caregivers performs a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. An estimated 154,000 family caregivers in the islands help older loved ones with everything from medications and medical care, meals, bathing and dressing, chores, and much more. While Hawaii’s caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way, they need a little support. AARP Hawaii is offering free caregiver events in Hilo, Honolulu and Kapaa in November, …

A Hawaii Portrait of Care

Posted on 09/21/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Ken Takeya’s wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about eight years ago, and he retired to become her primary caregiver. The Kailua resident was determined to care for at home – where she wanted to be – and keep her out of costly institutional care. Takeya isn’t alone. About 154,000 Hawaii residents perform a labor of love every day caring for older parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Each year, they spend 144 million hours helping with bathing and dressing, …

Kona Workshop Keeps Retirement Plans on Track

Posted on 09/11/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

The growing emphasis on personal savings in retirement creates greater uncertainty for pre-retirees. Hawaii residents live, on average, three years longer than other Americans, and for many people longevity comes with greater anxiety about outliving their assets. Add to that questions about the best time to collect Social Security benefits, and preparing for a secure retirement can be daunting. As pre-retirees look for information to help make smart financial decisions, AARP Hawaii is offering a free Financial Resiliency Workshop at …

Update: Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 09/10/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocates intent on passing legislation supporting Hawaii’s family caregivers presented their case before the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group at the state Capitol on September 10. The meeting was apparently the only chance advocates will have to directly address the Working Group on why the CARE Act is needed in Hawaii. Leading the caregiver advocates were AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva and Executive Council Member Audrey Suga-Nakagawa. Two family caregivers and a care recipient described personal experiences that would …

Free Screening of ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

Posted on 09/9/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

AARP Hawaii will present a free screening of I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS at the Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu Museum of Art on Thursday, September 10 (6-8 p.m.) The film focuses on the story of Carol Petersen, starring Blythe Danner, as a widow who’s settled into her life and her age, until a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. One of the initiatives to be introduced at the …