Legislature Unresponsive to Hawaii’s Elderly in 2015

Posted on 05/26/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family The following opinion column appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Insight section on May 24, 2015 By Gerry Silva, State President AARP Hawaii The elderly did not do well in the 2015 Legislature. Expect more challenges next year if you want information and services to help mom and dad age in their homes. Legislative roadblocks of kupuna-friendly legislation, as well as deep cuts, and un-funding of key programs that support elderly needs will have long-term adverse impacts for Hawaii’s aging population. …

Scam Jam Events on Maui and Oahu

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Community | Events | Fraud | Volunteering AARP Hawaii is teaming up with state and federal agencies in the fight against fraud with educational events in Kahului (4/30) and Honolulu (5/1). Document shredding events will follow on three islands on Saturday, May 2. The events are intended to arm residents against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country each year. The Scam Jam workshops are co-sponsored by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in cooperation …

Update on Advocacy to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/27/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family Proponents of a bill to support family caregivers are continuing their push – in the community and at the state Legislature – to ensure that the voices of Hawaii’s caregivers 247,000 are heard. In late April more than 800 residents turned out for caregiver forums on Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island, indicating the depth of concern families have for the challenges of caring for older loved ones. As the 2015 legislative session came to a close, AARP advocates and …

Hawaii Families Turn Out for Caregiver Events

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Events | Home & Family In late March more than 800 people in Kona, Kahului and Honolulu attended events for family caregivers and residents preparing to care for their aging loved ones. The events were aimed at familiarizing residents with community resources available to care for older friends and family members – as well as plan for their own future needs. The events featured a presentation by retired Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba, a graduate of Leilehua High School (1968) who became only the second …

AARP Hawaii Offers Free Screenings of Still Alice

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Caregiving | Events | Home & Family | Local Resources AARP Hawaii will present free screenings of the critically acclaimed film Still Alice, at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater on Wednesday, June 17, and at the Maui Arts and Culture Center’s McCoy Studio in Kahului on Thursday, June 18. Screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on the challenges facing Hawaii caregivers who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses. The events are offered as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups, which spotlights movies …

Honoring the Memory of Marie Smith

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Press | Volunteering AARP Hawaii honors the memory of Social Security champion and former AARP President Marie Smith (2004-2006), who died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 19. The long-time Maui resident had been living in Las Vegas near family members in recent years. She is remembered for providing crucial leadership on one of AARP’s most significant advocacy efforts: our opposition to carving private accounts out of Social Security in 2005. During her 25-year tenure at the Social Security Administration, Marie held …