“I Heart Caregivers” Launched to Honor Caregivers

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, including 247,000 family caregivers in Hawaii, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. In Hawaii, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $1.9 billion annually. To honor family caregivers, this month AARP launched a new initiative to spotlight their stories, called “I Heart Caregivers.” The site will raise …

Livable Communities Survey Identifies Needs of Honolulu Residents 45+

Posted on 11/3/2014 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, …

AARP Hawaii Sponsors Televised Gubernatorial Debate

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy AARP Hawaii sponsored a live, televised debate with leading candidates in the general election for governor on Tuesday, October 7. The debate featured Republican candidates Duke Aiona, Democrat David Ige, and Independent Mufi Hannemann. KHON2 has archived the debate on its website for easy reference through the November 4 general election. It focuses on issues of importance to Hawaii voters age 50+ and their families – including health care, retirement security, support for family caregiving, and long-term care. All three …

AARP National President Visits Honolulu

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy AARP national President Jeannine English delivered the keynote presentation at the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society Conference on September 29, where she met with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and donated a check to Honolulu’s Age-Friendly City initiative. English spoke about the importance of the Age-Friendly City partnership with the City and County of Honolulu, AARP Hawaii, and the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Announced by city officials in March, 2014, the initiative is intended to prepare …

AARP Urges YES Vote on Constitutional Question 3

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy On this year’s general election ballot, Hawaii voters will consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the mandatory retirement age for state judges and justices from 70 to 80 years of age. AARP Hawaii is urging a YES vote on this ballot measure. “Age alone does not determine whether someone can do their job,” said AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva. “State judges today are forced to retire at the age of 70, and that includes those who have …

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Key Issues?

Posted on 10/8/2014 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 …