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Bill Staton recalls his flight touching down in the United States following a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam and hearing the pilot announce over the intercom: “It has been an honor to bring you home.” Like thousands of his fellow servicemen and women returning home from the bitterly divisive war, the 20-year-old Staton soon found himself confronting a number of challenges – including depression, insomnia, and a profound sense of alienation that many veterans continue to struggle with 50 …

Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

Barbara Service

AARP Hawaii is seeking nominations for the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors individuals who give of their experience, talent, and skills in making valuable contributions to the community. The award reflects the spirit of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work 56 years after she founded AARP to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose. Nominations are open to any Hawaii volunteer age 50 or …

Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers_Goodluz Social Media

From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. …

Gerry and Barbara at Capitol

AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton issued this statement following the Legislature’s unanimous passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act – HB 2252: “AARP and the Hawaii CARE Act Coalition applaud legislators for passing a bill that gives family caregivers the opportunity to receive instructions when their loved ones are discharged from the hospital. This bill provides essential support to unpaid caregivers who are often called on to provide complex medical care for which they receive little …

Rep. Belatti

The Hawaii State Legislature passed the CARE Act today in separate floor votes in the House and Senate. Lawmakers unanimously passed HB 2252 – the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act – making Hawaii the 30th state or territory since 2014 to give caregivers the opportunity to receive instructions when their loved ones are discharged from the hospital. “This is a major win for family caregivers that advocates have worked on for three years,” said AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara …

Complete Streets

Using a blueprint approved in 2015, the city and county of Honolulu are beginning to address the needs of Oahu’s rapidly aging population. The Honolulu Age-Friendly City Action Plan sets the stage to improve daily life for older adults. It recommends ways to improve outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, communication and social involvement, civic participation and employment, and community support and health services. Honolulu joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities in 2013. Honolulu has one of the …

Identity Theft

In an effort to help residents avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Hawaii is joining with Access Corporation on Hawaii Island, Maui and Oahu to sponsor Shred Fest 2016 on Saturday, April 30 (8 a.m. – noon) – providing free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The public is invited to bring old tax forms, bank statements, and other sensitive papers for convenient and confidential on-site destruction. This is a drive through and drop-off event with …

StandOutFromtheCrowd_SocialMedia_Steve Debenport

When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

Volunteers Support CARE Act

UPDATE: On Monday, April 25 conferees passed the CARE Act bill out of committee, with amendments. Next up: the full Senate and House will conduct floor votes on the bill, before the 2016 legislative session comes to a close on May 5. Members of the Hawaii CARE Act Coalition gathered this morning in support of the CARE Act bill as it was considered in conference. The Coalition includes 21 organizations that have worked since 2014 to pass the Caregiver Advise, …