—   About 154,000 people in Hawaii are helping older family members and friends so they can live at home and in the community. These unpaid caregivers provide help that ranges in complexity from simple meal preparation or transportation, to more complex care such as medication management, wound care, or caring for a family member with dementia. It isn’t easy and no one can do it alone. That’s why AARP Hawaii and the Hawaii County Office of Aging are putting on …

— If you are a kupuna or caregiver, especially if you take care of someone with dementia, the time to prepare for a major storm or disaster is now, before a disaster happens. Hurricane season started June 1 in Hawaii. But disasters here could also include tsunami, power outages and even an earthquake. Preparation for a disaster involves preparing and practicing a disaster plan and stocking and maintaining a disaster supply kit. Caregivers and kupuna need to come up with a …

— Jeanne Schultz Afuvai became a family caregiver when her husband suffered a stroke that led to heart and kidney problems and left him unable to swallow. For nearly 10 years he was in and out of the hospital and each time it was stressful. Even after her husband left the hospital, she had to perform the medical tasks needed after discharge. “It’s an emotional and confusing time, especially when your loved one is being discharged and it ends up being …

— Hawaii ranks among the top states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but more needs to be done especially as Baby Boomers reach their 80s and the number of people who can provide family caregiving services decreases dramatically. Despite the high ranking (7th), AARP says Hawaii still needs to do more, at an accelerated pace, to meet the changing demographic demands of an older population. This, according to a new, …

—   Master Shopper Veronica Hall will share secrets of saving money on groceries by clipping coupons with AARP members and guests at an Extreme Coupon Class on June 29. Hall teaches methods of organizing her newspaper and Internet coupons and secrets of shopping wisely that can be used to save big money every month. She says she spends less than $250 a month to feed her family of four. The 90-minute workshop for AARP members and guests is at the …

— AARP wants to make sure an estimated 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii are aware of a new law and how it affects them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which will take effect July 1, aims to improve communication between hospitals and caregivers. The law allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. It requires hospitals to record the caregiver’s contact information, keep the caregiver informed when the patient is transferred or discharged, and provide instruction for the …

— 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, …