Statewide Fraud Watch Tele-Forum – Saturday

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

About AARP | Events | Fraud | Local Resources AARP Hawaii will reach out by telephone to about 45,000 of its members across the state on Saturday, April 18 (9:05 – 10:05 a.m.) for a conversation about avoiding financial fraud and identity theft. The call marks the launch of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network in Hawaii, an educational effort aimed at arming residents with the tools to spot and avoid falling victim to fraud. The public can access the call via live audio streaming. AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim …

AARP Hawaii Key Vote on Medicare Bill

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family On April 13 the U.S. Senate voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 (H.R. 2) that permanently replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to calculate reimbursements to physicians under Medicare. The Senate also voted on the Cardin-Vitter “Seniors’ Amendment” which was a Key Vote for AARP. Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono was a co-sponsor of the amendment. AARP applauds the momentous bipartisan Senate vote on MACRA to repeal and replace the flawed SGR formula …

Advocates Urge Support for Caregiver Resolution

Posted on 04/8/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family | Volunteering AARP Hawaii is asking for the public’s support to advance a resolution aimed at providing family caregivers with the support they need and deserve. Please call Rep. Della Au Belatti TODAY at 586-9425. Ask the House Health Chair to support HCR 145 by allowing the resolution to cross over to the Senate. This resolution would make important changes to the Caregiver Working Group to allow the voices of family caregivers to be heard. The high cost of paid eldercare in …

Stopping Scammers in Their Tracks

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Finances 50+ | Money & Work To celebrate the state launch of the Fraud Watch Network, AARP Hawaii is hosting a tele-town hall on April 18 at 9 a.m. Experts leading the event will reveal top scams in the islands, as reported to the Better Business Bureau, and will unveil new research findings about behaviors that leave consumers in Hawaii vulnerable to fraud. In addition, AARP is hosting “scam jams” in April on Oahu and Maui, in May on the Big Island, and in June on …

Public Invited to Kona Caregiver Forum – March 26

Posted on 03/19/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Events | Home & Family AARP is pleased to present an event for Hawaii Island caregivers and residents preparing to care for their aging loved ones. The event will be held at the West Hawaii Civic Center on Thursday, March 26 (9 a.m. – noon) and is intended to familiarize residents with community resources and supports needed to care for older friends and family members – as well as plan for their own future needs. The event is free and open to the public. Register …

Got a Caregiver Story? Share it at I Heart Caregivers

Posted on 03/10/2015 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Home & Family Caregiving became a full-time responsibility for Lahaina resident Montella Lopez as her mother’s health declined. Suffering from serious illnesses in the final years of her life, she was in and out of the hospital six times. Each time her mother was discharged, Montella says there was little or no instruction provided on how to care for her at home. Stories like this are the new normal for many of Hawaii’s 247,000 family caregivers. Traditionally, caregivers have helped older loved ones …