— Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are part of a free workshop for caregivers at the University of Hawaii Maui College on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. “Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaii. People thinking about their future needs, caregivers and family members …

—   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, …

— 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 …

— 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, …

— 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: …

— 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 …

— Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are part of a free workshop for caregivers at Catholic Charities Hawaii on June 24. “Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving. It’s part of our missions for AARP Hawaii and our partners at Catholic Charities Hawaii to help caregivers,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaii. …