Real Possibilities: AARP Conference To Address Caregiving Finances

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When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

FREE Workshop to Help Pre-Retirees Secure Their Financial Future

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Everyone dreams about retirement. But how many people are actually planning for it? AARP Hawaii is holding a “Think of Your Future” workshop at the Pearl City Public Library on Sunday, March 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions are …

Movies For Grownups: Free Screenings of “Jackie” on Oahu and Maui

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Join AARP Hawaii for free Movies for Grownups screenings of “Jackie,” staring Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard, in Honolulu and Kahului. “Jackie” is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, the First Lady fights to establish her husband’s legacy and …

AARP Hawaii Meetings on 3 Islands Will Look at Protecting Medicare

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UPDATE: Here’s a video of the Oahu Town Hall Meeting   AARP Hawaii is holding a series of “Protect Medicare” Town Hall and Community Meetings in Honolulu, Wailuku and Hilo to talk about proposals in Congress to change Medicare in ways that could dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. AARP has launched a nationwide campaign to reject a proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system (aka “premium support”) that would raise costs for seniors …

‘CarFit’ Checkup Helps Older Drivers Maximize Comfort & Safety

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Drivers should be aware of age-related changes that can affect their ability to stay safe behind the wheel – including general fitness, strength, flexibility and vision. Adjusting your vehicle to your changing needs can also enhance safety and comfort. That’s the idea behind a free event called ‘CarFit’ at Moanalua High School on Saturday, February 25 (7:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.). Sponsored by AARP Hawaii, AAA and the Hawaii Occupational Therapy Association, Carfit helps older drivers find out how well …

Medicare is a Promise We Need to Keep

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This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump.  He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm.  All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting …

Be Safe, Stay Alive While Crossing the Street

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Once again, Hawaii ranked as the deadliest state in the nation for people 65 and over who just want to walk across the street. The latest Dangerous by Design report, released this month, looked at pedestrian deaths from 2005 to 2014 and found that of the 251 pedestrians killed on Hawaii roads, 42 percent were 65 or older. In fact, older residents are more likely to die on the streets of Hawaii than in any other state. Per capita pedestrian …

AARP Foundation to Provide Free Tax Assistance Beginning February 1

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide FREE tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to people 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers helped 12,227 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program …

AARP honors Maui Sen. Baker on Advocacy Day; Speaker Souki also received award

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AARP Hawaii advocacy volunteers from across the state descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to talk with lawmakers about AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The volunteers, dressed in red AARP shirts, hosted a coffee hour for lawmakers and their staff, then fanned out in groups to speak with key representatives and senators in the afternoon. AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities this session are to pass a resolution to create a task group to come up with ways to …

Alzheimer’s and living in the moment

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I imagine my mother’s diseased brain like a dusty movie projector. It seems most of the time the projector is motionless while she’s passively absorbing her environment, but when spoken to, she can occasionally command the projector to play a short scene. When I visit with her, after catching her up on the latest news, I talk about old times. I dig into the archives from 20 years ago, because those are the movie reels that haven’t been fully destroyed. …