AARP to Participate in City Complete Streets Workshop

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family Representatives of AARP Hawaii have been invited to take part in a two-day workshop to develop a design manual to implement the City and County of Honolulu’s Complete Streets ordinance (Ordinance 12-15). Participating in the workshop will be AARP volunteer and retired Department of Planning and Permitting employee Elizabeth Chinn, who joins AARP Hawaii Director of Community Outreach Jackie Boland on a committee charged with developing design guidelines for Complete Streets implementation. Boland also serves on the City Transportation Commission. …

Hawaii Woman Faces 60 with ‘Fabulous’ Attitude, Publishes Book

Posted on 06/3/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family By Helen Altonn Boomers feeling depressed about aging and life changes should talk to Anna Resich, who is so excited about her life after 60, she says, “I feel like I’m a teenager going on a first date.” She will be 63 on June 24 but never thinks of her age. She said she feels the same as younger friends: “Enthusiastic about life. Looking forward to things. Every trip, I get excited. Even my social life as a single person …

Prevent Falls, Promote Health & Make Your Home Safe

Posted on 05/30/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family AARP Hawaii is bringing together aging specialists for a free Maui workshop aimed at preventing falls in the home. Titled Simple Steps to Fall Prevention, Better Health and a Home for Life the event will be held at Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia on Saturday, June 7 (9 a.m. – noon). According to the state Department of Health about 85 seniors die, 1,960 are hospitalized, and 8,700 are treated in emergency rooms due to falls statewide each year – resulting …

Hawaii Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians 65+

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family Hawaii ranks first in pedestrian deaths among older residents age 65+ according to a national report released today. The report, Dangerous By Design 2014, ranks America’s major metropolitan areas and states according to a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) that indicates the likelihood a person walking the local streets will be hit be a driver of a vehicle and killed. While Hawaii’s overall PDI is 34.97, which placed it 28th nationally, the state was ranked most dangerous in the nation for …

Working Professional Turned Caregiver Starts Interior Design Business

Posted on 05/7/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family By Helen Altonn Starting her own business wasn’t on Laurie Kaneshiro’s bucket list when she left a good job to stay at home and care for her 84-year-old mother. She was a principal in a Honolulu architecture firm when her mother, Yukie Kuwahara, came from Oregon in February 2009 to live with her and her husband in Kaimuki. Kuwahara, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, died in November 2012. “Increasingly, I couldn’t leave her alone because she was falling all …

Task Force to Examine Support for Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family The state Legislature has created a task force to examine the critical role of family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted to the hospital and later discharged. As a member of the working group, AARP will help evaluate how Hawaii’s 247,000 family caregivers can be more effectively supported and involved in hospital discharge planning. “Family caregivers are a critical link in improving transitional care for frail older adults or adults with disabilities,” said AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim …