Event: Improve Your Health At Any Age

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Hawaii presents a free event designed to help residents of all ages improve their health and explore their Real Possibilities. Registration is now open for the event to be held at Ala Moana Hotel on Wednesday, November 14 (9 a.m. – noon). The event features sessions devoted to the following: Manage Inflation and Blood Sugar through Diet – Arthritis and diabetes are leading health problems in Hawaii. Learn about health food options for keeping inflammation and blood sugar under …

Oahu Residents Weigh in on Age-Friendly Features

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Affordable home health care, outdoor spaces and affordable, accessible housing are among the features needed to make Honolulu an “age-friendly” city, a recent AARP study found. Other survey findings point to the need for safe streets and sidewalks, reliable public transportation and assisted-living options. The survey of Oahu residents age 45-plus lays the groundwork for an action plan to transform Honolulu as part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s global program. AARP …

Workshops Provide Useful Information for Caregivers

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Hawaii is hosting workshops on three islands to help family caregivers meet the challenges of caring for a loved one at home. Presenters also will discuss policy proposals that could ease the burden of caregiving. Hawaii residents age 80 and older are most likely to need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and preparing meals. Surveys show most people would prefer to receive such assistance at home, rather than in a nursing home. However, as …

Path to Medical Practice Follows Unconventional Course

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Helen Altonn Training in gymnastics, jazz, ballet and drama could have taken Dr. Ligaya Stice, a former Miss Hawaii, in a different direction than to medical school. But she says all of her experiences provided “intangible” benefits. She acknowledges that beauty pageants have critics but says they helped her through medical school. “To characterize any beauty pageant as a terrible thing is missing the point. There are a lot of things you can gain from the experience.” Stice, who …

Ready to Retire? Workshops Can Help

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Hawaii is hosting retirement-readiness workshops this spring on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. The sessions can help people decide when to start collecting Social Security benefits and think ahead about their health and long-term care needs. “Retirement can be one of the most rewarding times in a person’s life, but it requires careful planning to be successful,” said Jackie Boland, AARP associate state director for community outreach. “Most people spend more time planning a vacation than they do planning …

Senator Hirono Cosponsors Medicare Drug Savings Act

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Hawaii is applauding U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono for cosponsoring the Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013. The legislation would require prescription drug manufacturers to provide rebates to Medicare Part D low-income beneficiaries, including those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. “We are deeply grateful to Senator Hirono for her leadership on behalf of Hawaii seniors and people with disabilities,” said AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton. “Hawaii’s low-income Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are under increasing pressure …