Voter Education Kicks Off with U.S. Senate Debate on July 15

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Hawaii Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout among all states in 2012 – with less than half (44.5 percent) of eligible voters casting ballots. Yet, older voters turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than any other age group, suggesting that Hawaii voters age 50-plus will play an important role in determining this year’s election results. Beginning in July, AARP Hawaii will sponsor a televised debate and numerous in-person voter education events designed to help residents make informed …

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

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

Hawaii | Home & Family | Press 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

About AARP | Events | Hawaii | 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 …

AARP Visits Hawaii Members of Congress to Talk Issues

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Hawaii AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva and State Director Barbara Kim Stanton visited Capitol Hill on May 21 to urge Hawaii’s elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to the offices of Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard took place to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans. “This Congress has an opportunity …

Hawaii Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians 65+

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

Advocacy | Hawaii | 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

Events | Hawaii | Home & Family | Money & Work 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 …