— More than half of fire deaths in Hawaii were of people 65 and older, according to a recent report. That’s why AARP Hawaii and the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent fire deaths among kupuna. Nationally, the number of fire deaths is declining, but deaths among people 65 and older is increasing. Kupuna are nearly three times as likely to die in fires than the general population. We’re asking for volunteers and donations to the Sound the Alarm …

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— Join AARP Hawaii for a free screening of the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” then see the real Frank Abagnale in person on Oahu and Maui in October. Abagnale was one of the most successful identity thieves in U.S. history. During his criminal career, which began when he was just 16, Abagnale forged more than $2.5 million in checks and posed as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer before his capture at age 21. His exploits became a best-selling …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. What You Need to Know About Medicare and Social Security When Caring for a Loved One Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 1:00-1:30 pm HT Learn Medicare basics such as eligibility, enrollment and what’s …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Oahu and the Neighbor Islands for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a …

— AARP Hawaii announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “The two Hawaii projects that AARP Hawaii is funding will help educate people – young and old – about making Honolulu a more livable and age-friendly city,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of AARP …

— Does your car fit your age? Drivers should be aware of age-related changes that can affect their ability to stay safe behind the wheel – including general fitness, strength, flexibility and vision. Adjusting your vehicle to your changing needs can also enhance safety and comfort. That’s the idea behind a free event called CarFit at Ho‘okele Elementary School, 511 Kunehi St., on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by AARP Hawaii, AAA and the Hawaii Occupational Therapy …

— Join Marco as he talks about his mother and caregiving in the Latino community Join television personality, public speaker, and activist Marco Antonio Regil for a special Caregiving Q&A on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm HT, as he shares his experience and answers questions about caring for a loved one. When Marco was just 18, his mother suffered injuries in a car accident that left her bedridden for a year. As he took care of her, she became …

— Retirement isn’t as simple as reaching age 65 and quitting your job. It takes planning and the earlier you start the better. You need to think about when to take Social Security,  how to pay for health insurance, and how much you can spend on living expenses and just enjoying life. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Kaneohe and East Oahu. The Kaneohe workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the …

— It’s well known that Okinawans tend to live longer than other people. The islands of Okinawa are one of five places identified as “Blue Zones” by author Dan Buettner. These places are home to the world’s longest-lived people and Buettner has written extensively about the lessons the rest of us can learn from the people who live in Blue Zones. Researchers believe diet, genetics and lifestyle contribute to the long lifespan of Uchinanchu — people of Okinawan ancestry. Healthy foods …

— As a caregiver, Ken Takeya knows that if a hurricane, tsunami or some other disaster strikes Hawai‘i, he needs to be by his wife’s side, rather than running around or standing in long lines to buy water, food and gas. Takeya has a detailed disaster plan and more than two weeks of food, medicine, water and other supplies to survive in the chaotic aftermath of a disaster on O‘ahu. “You gotta be organized. It’s not hard. Once you do it …