Livable Communities Survey Identifies Needs of Honolulu Residents 45+

Posted on 09/12/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy A survey of older adults on Oahu ranks affordable home health care and housing among the greatest needs facing residents of the City and County of Honolulu as its population ages. The 2014 AARP Livable Communities Survey in Honolulu, Hawaii of Adults Age 45+ identifies the needs of older residents as well as gaps in community features and services. Survey respondents were asked to rate the importance of environmental, economic and social factors in eight key areas or domains. Overall, …

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Key Issues?

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy With the general election right around the corner, AARP Hawaii has launched the 2014 online Voter Guide to inform members and the general public where candidates stand on key federal and state issues. The Voter Guide outlines federal candidates’ views on Social Security and Medicare as well as helping Americans save for the future. Protecting Social Security is a high priority for many voters age 50+, especially for residents who aren’t financially ready for retirement. In Hawaii today, Social Security …

Hawaii Seniors Make Their Voices Heard

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Two years ago, older voters in Hawaii went to the polls in numbers greater than any other group. According to Census data, voters age 45+ accounted for nearly seven in ten votes cast in Hawaii’s 2012 general election. Ninety percent of older residents who registered made their voices heard at the polls. The results of this year’s primary election suggest that the voices of Hawaii’s most influential voting bloc are still reverberating. Despite outspending his opponent 10-to-1, Gov. Neil Abercrombie …

Maui Resident Diane Logsdon to Receive Andrus Award

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy By Helen Altonn Diane Logsdon, 83, says volunteer work “keeps me going. If I sat down, I would just collapse and do nothing.” Despite a mind-boggling record of volunteer contributions over the years, the Kula, Maui, woman says she was surprised to be selected for the 2014 AARP Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service. “I was dumbfounded to be picked over 22 people for the Andrus Award,” she said in a telephone interview during a regular shift with the Maui …

Carl Takamura Named to AARP Hawaii Executive Council

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Community leader Carl T. Takamura has been appointed to AARP Hawaii’s Executive Council. Takamura brings extensive service in the educational, legislative and business arenas to the all-volunteer advisory board that shapes the 150,000-member organization’s strategic direction in Hawaii. Takamura’s business experience includes stints as executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable and government affairs administrator for GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company. A two-term state legislator from 1974 to 1978, he later served as special assistant to Gov. George Ariyoshi and chief …

Volunteers Needed to Raise Pedestrian, Driver Awareness

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Pedestrian fatalities caused by automobiles are not a new problem in Hawaii, which has long held the distinction of being the most dangerous state (per capita) to be a pedestrian 65+. But 2014 has seen an alarming rise in the number of pedestrian crashes involving motor vehicles. As of August 1, 2014 there were already 19 pedestrian fatalities statewide, the same number of fatalities in all of 2013. With five months left in the year, authorities and advocates looking to …