— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide FREE tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to people 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers helped 12,227 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program …

— AARP Hawaii fought for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Now, you can download your free CARE Act wallet card for you and any loved one you may care for. Effective July 1, 2017, the CARE Act will require Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: 1.) Provide the patient with with the oportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record. 2.) Notify …

— Caring for older family members is a big job. Could you use a little help? Hundreds of people on Kauai are helping older loved ones to live independently in their own homes. Get connected to information and resources to help you care for family or plan for the future at AARP’s free Caregiver Conference on Saturday, October 29 at the Marriott Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Register here! At the free caregiver conference, attendees can …

— Updated 10/10: Listen to the entire recording here! Press release from the event is below. Honolulu— This Saturday, October 1, Honolulu mayoral candidates will participate in a live tele-town hall forum from 9-10 a.m. and take phone questions from Oahu residents on issues concerning them. “AARP is pleased to provide the opportunity for Oahu residents to listen and ask questions about the issues they are most concerned with,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawaii’s State Director who will serve as moderator of …

— 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 …

— Are you interested in the future of Oahu’s water supply? Water quality, affordability and availability are critical parts of being able to live well and age in place in Hawaii. The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is looking for public comment on their draft of the Water Master Plan (WMP), a comprehensive program that looks ahead 30 years to evaluate the entire water system, quantify future demands and source options, identify necessary improvements, and balance needs and costs of providing water to …

— By Helen Altonn Bringing people together from Hawaii’s diverse ethnic groups for food, story-telling and travel are the “Family Ingredients” of a PBS Hawaii program hosted by Ed Kenney, acclaimed Hawaii chef and restaurateur. “It’s hard to pinpoint what this show is,” he says, noting people ask:  “’Is it a food show? Is it a travel show? Is it a genealogy type of show?’ Yes, it’s all three.” AARP Hawaii is among the co-sponsors of the Emmy Award winning series, …

— Bill Staton recalls his flight touching down in the United States following a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam and hearing the pilot announce over the intercom: “It has been an honor to bring you home.” Like thousands of his fellow servicemen and women returning home from the bitterly divisive war, the 20-year-old Staton soon found himself confronting a number of challenges – including depression, insomnia, and a profound sense of alienation that many veterans continue to struggle with 50 …

— Anyone in Hawaii can be a victim of financial fraud. Even for sophisticated investors, fraudsters are masters of persuasion, skilled at tailoring pitches to match the psychological profiles of their targets. AARP Hawaii is teaming up with financial fraud specialists from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner, Hawaii’s BBB, and the National Center for Victims of Crime to offer free workshops on March 2 and March 4 focusing …

— Hawaii residents are living longer than ever before, with more options to explore and more time to pursue them. In an effort to help people evaluate their priorities and navigate new life phases, AARP Hawaii is hosting a free Life Reimagined event at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Tuesday, September 22 (5:30 – 7:30 pm). The event will focus on helping participants seize new opportunities and make the changes needed to fulfill their dreams in the areas of …

— With its rapidly aging population and strong family ties, Hawaii is hosting a global conference on Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 22–24. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of participants from the local community and around the world to share ideas, develop new perspectives, and promote intergenerational cooperation. One of the highlights of the conference is a Family Resource Fair – free and open to the public on Friday, July 24 …