©Istockphoto/Mark Bowden

©Istockphoto/Mark Bowden

Hawaii has one of the nation’s highest percentages of residents 85 and older, and as the population ages, the pool of potential caregivers is projected to decline.

AARP Hawaii is pushing for increased funding for home- and community-based services—such as bathing and transportation assistance—to help people with or without family caregivers continue to live in their own homes as they age instead of moving into institutions.

In preparation for the legislative session that begins Jan. 15, AARP is recruiting volunteers to help persuade lawmakers to increase spending for such services. The effort kicks off with a meeting for volunteers on Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at the AARP state office in Honolulu.

Call Steve Tam of AARP Hawaii at 808-545-6005 for more information or to register for the event.

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