— More than 154,000 people in Hawaii care for parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on July 1, a new law takes effect that will make life a little easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: …

— AARP is looking for volunteers, including a state coordinator, who want to be a driving force in keeping Hawaii’s roads safer. Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has kept more than 16 million drivers safe through leading educational programs, including the flagship AARP Smart Driver course, the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course. We’re looking for volunteers to instruct the award-winning AARP Smart Driver classroom course, which helps drivers refresh their driving skills and knowledge of the rules — …

— AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii residents, 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Hawaii is excited to shine a light on 50+ Hawaii residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jackie Boland, Community Outreach Director for AARP Hawaii. A volunteer committee will evaluate the …

— Scammers, using a variation of the “Family Impersonation Scam,” also known as the “Grandparents Scam,” have been preying on people with friends on Maui. AARP Hawaii has learned of recent incidents of a caller claiming to be an Emergency Medical Technician telling potential victims that a friend had been in an accident on Maui. The “paramedic” put an angry “dad” on the phone while he tended to the wounded. The “dad” demanded money to pay for medical bills for his …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …

— No one plans to have an accident or illness that sends you to the hospital. But Kauai geriatrician and palliative care physician Dr. Laurel Coleman said the time for families to talk about hospital care decisions, caregiving and post-hospital care is before a serious illness or injury happens. Coleman is the featured speaker at a free AARP Hawaii workshop in Kapaa on June 3rd. “Hospitalization is hardly ever anticipated and rarely planned for and yet it is very common as …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— When former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka presented his namesake award for outstanding service to seniors to AARP Hawaii, State Director Barbara Kim Stanton made sure to credit AARP’s volunteers and supporters. She insisted on a group picture with the volunteers in red shirts and supporters in the state Legislature. “This award is clearly a tribute to our volunteers as they are critical to AARP Hawaii’s success in all areas,” Stanton said as Sen. Akaka presented the award during Kupuna …

— AARP volunteer speakers are fanning out across Oahu and Hawaii island this week to talk about financial issues ranging from fraud to social security and preparing for retirement. It’s part of the Hawaii Public Library’s Money Smart Week, an annual event promoting financial literacy. Every year the public libraries work with AARP’s Speakers Bureau to find speakers for community meetings at the library. AARP speakers are available to talk on a variety of topics from fraud prevention and retirement strategy …

— Learn about old Hawaii and how the latest news gets to your doorstep, and connect with others in the community at two special tours for AARP members and guests. AARP Hawaii is offering a discounted tour of Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu on Tuesday, May 23rd at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5, a $3 discount off the kamaaina adult admission of $8. We are also providing a sampling of some of the common foods eaten by plantation workers. (Note …