— 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: …

— 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 …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 1 p.m. HST Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

— AARP Hawaii advocacy volunteers from across the state descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to talk with lawmakers about AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The volunteers, dressed in red AARP shirts, hosted a coffee hour for lawmakers and their staff, then fanned out in groups to speak with key representatives and senators in the afternoon. AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities this session are to pass a resolution to create a task group to come up with ways to …

— I imagine my mother’s diseased brain like a dusty movie projector. It seems most of the time the projector is motionless while she’s passively absorbing her environment, but when spoken to, she can occasionally command the projector to play a short scene. When I visit with her, after catching her up on the latest news, I talk about old times. I dig into the archives from 20 years ago, because those are the movie reels that haven’t been fully destroyed. …

— Retirement savings are a major concern in Hawaii, where residents 60 and older are expected to account for 28 percent of the state population by 2030. In an AARP survey of Hawaii registered voters ages 35 to 64, nearly 6 in 10 of those in the workforce said they worry about having enough money in retirement. In the 2017 legislative session, AARP Hawaii will ask lawmakers to convene a work group to explore ways to help about 216,000 private sector …

— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 10am HAT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …