AARP Supports Funding Increase for Senior Services

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family AARP Hawaii is advocating for a 10 percent increase in funding for Kupuna Care at the state legislature this year. Kupuna Care is the state-funded, county administered program that provides services to older adults who are unable to live at home without assistance. Kupuna Care services include adult day care, personal care, help with chores, home-delivered meals, and transportation assistance. The program saves taxpayer money by preventing elderly on fixed incomes from being forced into Medicaid and into more costly …

AARP Hawaii Supports Caregiver Bill

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Home & Family Hawaii’s population is aging, and family caregivers are under growing pressure to help their loved ones live independently in their homes. As the 2015 legislative session kicks off, AARP Hawaii is urging legislators to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would help caregivers perform after-care tasks such as medication management and wound care when a patient comes home from the hospital. “The CARE Act is needed as the pressure grows on unpaid family caregivers to provide care …

“I Heart Caregivers” Launched to Honor Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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, …

Oahu Residents Weigh in on Age-Friendly Features

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

Home & Family 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 …