Survey: Older Adults Support CARE Act

Posted on 02/11/2016 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

A recent survey of Hawaii registered voters age 45-plus shows overwhelming support for legislation that would help the state’s unpaid family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized. The findings indicate broad public support for the CARE Act, which would require hospitals to give patients the opportunity to designate a caregiver when they’re admitted, and offer the caregiver instruction, at the point of discharge, in tasks needed to be performed when the patient goes home. Among the voters surveyed, about …

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Season Starts Feb. 1

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population.   2016 Tax Aide Oahu Site List 2016 Tax Aide Neighbor Island Site List You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this …

AARP Hawaii 2016 State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Top Legislative Priority Pass the CARE Act – Legislation to help the state’s unpaid family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized by easing the transition from hospital to home. Requiring no appropriation of state funds, the CARE Act would: 1) Allow patients the opportunity to designate a caregiver when they are admitted; 2) Ensure the caregiver is kept informed of major decisions concerning the patient; 3) Require hospitals to offer after-care instructions to the caregiver, prior to discharge, in …

Advocates to Assemble for State of the State

Posted on 01/23/2016 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocates for family caregivers kick off the 2016 legislative campaign Monday by attending Governor David Ige’s State of the State Address and urging individual lawmakers to support the CARE Act. Heartened by strong public opinion and a growing awareness of the challenges facing unpaid caregivers and their families in Hawaii, many believe this is the year for legislation requiring hospitals to recognize the role caregivers play in helping family members transition safely from hospital to home. The CARE Act – …

Working Group Invites Public Comment on Caregiving

Posted on 12/15/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Members of the Hawaii CARE Act Coalition descended on the state Capitol Tuesday for the final meeting of the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group, which is preparing to submit recommendations to the 2016 Legislature. The Working Group was established in 2015 to examine and access issues relating to family caregiving – in particular, the role of caregivers in hospital discharge procedures. The public is invited to submit comments to Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland and Representative Della Au Belatti by Tuesday, …

Andrus Award Recipient Lives Up to Her Name

Posted on 11/20/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Honolulu resident Barbara Service was presented with AARP Hawaii’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service at a volunteer recognition event on November 18. Service, whose last name exemplifies her commitment to community service, is a long-time advocacy volunteer on AARP’s priority issues in Hawaii, and serves as the president of Chapter 60. She is also related to Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967) the founder of AARP. As her great aunt did decades ago, Service personifies AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to …