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Bruce Bottorff


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

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Josh Wisch Joins AARP Hawaii as Advocacy Director

Posted on 02/19/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

AARP Hawaii has announced the hiring of Joshua Wisch as director of advocacy. Prior to his appointment, Wisch served as deputy director of the Hawaii State Department of Taxation, special assistant to the Attorney General in the Hawaii State Department of the Attorney General, and District Director for then-Congresswoman Mazie Hirono. Wisch has also worked as litigation attorney with the Honolulu law firms Cades Schutte and Chun Kerr. “We are delighted to welcome a leader of Josh Wisch’s experience as …

Advocates Respond to Deferral of Caregiver Bill

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Elder advocates issued the following joint statement following Senate Health Committee Chair Josh Green’s deferral of SB 296 – a bill supporting family caregivers in Hawaii: “Supporters of the CARE Act are disappointed with the Senate Health Committee’s indefinite deferral of Senate Bill 296 and the current refusal of the House Health Committee to grant House Bill 490 a hearing. We disagree with Senate Health Committee Chair Josh Green’s decision to defer the issue of caregiver support to the Working …

Honolulu Aiming to be a More Age-Friendly City

Posted on 02/12/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

On February 7, about 500 Honolulu residents attended Living Age-Friendly: Kupuna to Keiki, an event aimed at shaping the future of the city. It was the public’s opportunity to play an active role in the City and County of Honolulu’s plans to improve the quality of life for Oahu residents. The Age-Friendly Honolulu initiative is a partnership between the City & County of Honolulu, AARP Hawaii and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Initiated …

Four Valentine’s Day Scams to Watch Out For

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how Hawaii residents can protect themselves from scammers taking aim at their hearts and their pocketbooks. Scamming thousands of men and women each year – most over age 40 – romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine’s Day cons include: …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Season Begins

Posted on 02/4/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program beginning February 2. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 16,000 people file their …

AARP Supports Funding Increase for Senior Services

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

At the state legislature this year, AARP Hawaii is advocating for a 10 percent increase in funding for Kupuna Care to address the needs of the state’s aging population. Kupuna Care is a state-funded, county administered program that provides home and community based services for older adults who need assistance at home. The request for funding is included in an omnibus bill that is part of the Kupuna Caucus’ legislative package for 2015. Senate Bill 964 also requests funding for …