Gerry and Barbara at Capitol

AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton issued this statement following the Legislature’s unanimous passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act – HB 2252: “AARP and the Hawaii CARE Act Coalition applaud legislators for passing a bill that gives family caregivers the opportunity to receive instructions when their loved ones are discharged from the hospital. This bill provides essential support to unpaid caregivers who are often called on to provide complex medical care for which they receive little …

Rep. Belatti

The Hawaii State Legislature passed the CARE Act today in separate floor votes in the House and Senate. Lawmakers unanimously passed HB 2252 – the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act – making Hawaii the 30th state or territory since 2014 to give caregivers the opportunity to receive instructions when their loved ones are discharged from the hospital. “This is a major win for family caregivers that advocates have worked on for three years,” said AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara …

Complete Streets

Using a blueprint approved in 2015, the city and county of Honolulu are beginning to address the needs of Oahu’s rapidly aging population. The Honolulu Age-Friendly City Action Plan sets the stage to improve daily life for older adults. It recommends ways to improve outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, communication and social involvement, civic participation and employment, and community support and health services. Honolulu joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities in 2013. Honolulu has one of the …

Identity Theft

In an effort to help residents avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Hawaii is joining with Access Corporation on Hawaii Island, Maui and Oahu to sponsor Shred Fest 2016 on Saturday, April 30 (8 a.m. – noon) – providing free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The public is invited to bring old tax forms, bank statements, and other sensitive papers for convenient and confidential on-site destruction. This is a drive through and drop-off event with …

StandOutFromtheCrowd_SocialMedia_Steve Debenport

When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

Volunteers Support CARE Act

UPDATE: On Monday, April 25 conferees passed the CARE Act bill out of committee, with amendments. Next up: the full Senate and House will conduct floor votes on the bill, before the 2016 legislative session comes to a close on May 5. Members of the Hawaii CARE Act Coalition gathered this morning in support of the CARE Act bill as it was considered in conference. The Coalition includes 21 organizations that have worked since 2014 to pass the Caregiver Advise, …

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Are you a family caregiver running on an empty tank? Don’t miss our interactive webinar that will help you learn how to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one. We’ll share practical advice and firsthand experience on how you can balance your physical, mental and emotional health! Register now for details. [Photo credit: i-stock.com/Cathy Yeulet]

Speaker Souki

Advocates today delivered to legislators nearly 1,400 petitions in support of the CARE Act, as the House prepares to vote on a bill that would pave the way for greater involvement of caregivers in hospital discharge planning. HB 2252 HD1 SD2 would require hospitals to establish procedures giving family caregivers the opportunity to receive instruction in medical tasks required when patients go home. The Hawaii CARE Act Coalition is urging members of the House to accept the Senate version of …

Virtual Viewing Party Social Media Cutline

You’re Invited to Our Virtual Viewing Party: Staying Competitive with Work & Jobs! Register and watch our online lessons on your computer or mobile device. As a thank you, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless steel travel mug! Watch the videos – which will teach you how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more to stay competitive in the job market.  You can take a short quiz for a chance to win our grand prize – a $250 …

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About 500 people attended AARP’s annual Caregiver Conference at the Japanese Cultural Center on Saturday, April 2. The free event, co-sponsored by Wilson Care Group, covered topics ranging from managing complex change to the latest research on promoting brain health – and connected residents with information and resources to help caregivers support their aging loved ones. The conference featured an update on bills affecting seniors and their families moving through the state legislature – including the omnibus Kupuna Care funding …