— 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: …

— You can do more than dream about retirement; you can start planning for it at a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Waimea on Saturday, April 29 . The free workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tutu’s House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member …

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— Saving for retirement in a state with a high cost of living is stressful, especially for those employed by small businesses. AARP Hawaii is urging state lawmakers to create a work group to devise strategies that could help people save. About half of the state’s private-sector workers have jobs that do not offer an opportunity to save for retirement through payroll deductions. And in a survey of Hawaii voters ages 35-64, nearly 6 in 10 of those in the workforce …

— Everyone dreams about retirement. But how many people are actually planning for it? AARP Hawaii is holding a “Think of Your Future” workshop at the Pearl City Public Library on Sunday, March 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions are …

— Have you thought about the life you want to live in the future?  Do you need information to help you start planning financially? Join AARP volunteer Joanna Amberger, CFP, and take the first step during one of three free financial workshops taking place across the islands. See below for details all three workshops and registration links: “Better Late Than Never” Workshop – Kauai When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 am –noon Where: Lihue Library, 4344 Hardy Street, Lihue, HI 96766 Details: This …

— AARP understands that residents of Hawaii want to make the most of their future. Sometimes it is hard to navigate that process. That’s why AARP is providing free, unbiased information that will help you make smart financial decisions, so you can live the life you want to live! Attend one of two free workshops on Saturday, August 27. Both events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Materials and refreshments will be provided to attendees. Each “Think of Your Future Workshop” will include discussions on: • …

— Volunteers and staff from Hawaii were in Washington this week to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of family caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, they had crucial asks: AARP Hawaii advocates asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act. They also enlisted members …

— Top Legislative Priority Pass the CARE Act – Legislation to help the state’s unpaid family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized by easing the transition from hospital to home. Requiring no appropriation of state funds, the CARE Act would: 1) Allow patients the opportunity to designate a caregiver when they are admitted; 2) Ensure the caregiver is kept informed of major decisions concerning the patient; 3) Require hospitals to offer after-care instructions to the caregiver, prior to discharge, in …

— In their acclaimed study, Women Don’t Ask, authors Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever identified a 7.6 percent difference between the salaries of women and men MBAs seeking comparable jobs. They also found that fewer women than men tried to negotiate their salaries. The book fueled a debate on whether women’s apparent reluctance to negotiate accounted for the difference in compensation. That question is at the heart of a breakfast panel discussion aimed at helping Hawaii’s business professionals advance their careers. …

— Surveys indicate that Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, and the risk of coming up financially short is especially real for Hawaii’s women – who tend to live longer, earn less, and spend more time out the workforce caring for family than men. To address this concern, AARP Hawaii teamed up with partner organizations to present Women and Money, a half-day event providing information aimed at helping Hawaii’s women make fact-based decisions to strengthen their financial future. The free mini-conference …

— AARP Hawaii and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz joined hundreds of Hawaii seniors in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Social Security at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom on Saturday, August 15. The event took place at the 9th annual Aging in Place Conference, sponsored by KHON2’s Elderhood Project and Generations magazine, and featured singing, birthday cake, and brief remarks by Sen. Schatz. Social Security remains a bedrock program for millions of Americans, including about 250,000 Hawaii residents of all ages. …