Alzheimer’s Blog: Slipping towards the light

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-05T20:17:13+00:00">November 5, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Former television news anchor Diane Ako blogs about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. My mother is nearly catatonic, four years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She sits wherever placed and rests with eyes half shut. She doesn’t speak. She needs to be fed and wheeled around now. This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s. She mumble-whispers and it’s mostly unintelligible. She has a couple things she …

World War II Filipino Veterans Need to Register for Congressional Gold Medal

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-23T15:42:53+00:00">September 23, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:05:10+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Filipino World War II veterans and surviving family members are being urged to register so they can receive long-overdue recognition of their service during the War in the Pacific. At a recent news conference at AARP Hawaii, retired Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, the chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, said Filipino, Filipino-American, and American  veterans and surviving family members who served in the Pacific during World War II should go to FilVetRep.org and fill out an application …

Volunteers wanted: Help Drivers to be Safer on Hawaii’s Roads

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T16:37:00+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:26:53+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP is looking for volunteers, including a state coordinator, who want to be a driving force in keeping Hawaii’s roads safer. Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has kept more than 16 million drivers safe through leading educational programs, including the flagship AARP Smart Driver course, the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course. We’re looking for volunteers to instruct the award-winning AARP Smart Driver classroom course, which helps drivers refresh their driving skills and knowledge of the rules — …

CARE Act Becomes Law as AARP Launches Awareness Campaign

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-18T19:32:00+00:00">September 18, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:27:30+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Hawaii’s 154,000 family caregivers have more support when a loved one – such as a parent, spouse or friend – goes into the hospital because the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act is now a law as of  July 1. AARP is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform people about the support the CARE Act provides to family caregivers. The campaign also celebrates family caregivers and lets family caregivers know about some of the resources available to help …

Real Possibilities – Catch Frank Abagnale Before Someone Steals Your Identity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-17T15:02:00+00:00">September 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-28T17:40:34+00:00">September 28, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds in the United States and older Americans account for 10 to 13 percent of those victims. Frank Abagnale knows all the tricks for stealing your identity. During his criminal career, which began when he was just 16, Abagnale forged more than $2.5 million in checks and posed as an airline pilot, a doctor and even a lawyer before being captured at age 21. His exploits became a best-selling book upon which the 2002 …

Save Lives; Volunteer, Donate to the Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-15T17:11:09+00:00">September 15, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:17:28+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

More than half of fire deaths in Hawaii were of people 65 and older, according to a recent report. That’s why AARP Hawaii and the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent fire deaths among kupuna. Nationally, the number of fire deaths is declining, but deaths among people 65 and older is increasing. Kupuna are nearly three times as likely to die in fires than the general population. We’re asking for volunteers and donations to the Sound the Alarm …

Volunteers Needed For AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-14T17:22:00+00:00">September 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-19T17:25:49+00:00">October 19, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Oahu and the Neighbor Islands for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a …

AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Hawaii

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-08T17:31:29+00:00">September 8, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-12T19:51:01+00:00">September 12, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP Hawaii announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “The two Hawaii projects that AARP Hawaii is funding will help educate people – young and old – about making Honolulu a more livable and age-friendly city,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of AARP …

Real Possibilities – How Okinawans Disrupt Aging

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-30T17:49:29+00:00">August 30, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

It’s well known that Okinawans tend to live longer than other people. The islands of Okinawa are one of five places identified as “Blue Zones” by author Dan Buettner. These places are home to the world’s longest-lived people and Buettner has written extensively about the lessons the rest of us can learn from the people who live in Blue Zones. Researchers believe diet, genetics and lifestyle contribute to the long lifespan of Uchinanchu — people of Okinawan ancestry. Healthy foods …

Real Possibilities – Caregivers, Kupuna Must Plan Ahead to Survive a Disaster

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-21T15:56:12+00:00">August 21, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

As a caregiver, Ken Takeya knows that if a hurricane, tsunami or some other disaster strikes Hawai‘i, he needs to be by his wife’s side, rather than running around or standing in long lines to buy water, food and gas. Takeya has a detailed disaster plan and more than two weeks of food, medicine, water and other supplies to survive in the chaotic aftermath of a disaster on O‘ahu. “You gotta be organized. It’s not hard. Once you do it …