— 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: …

— Act your age. Has anyone ever told you that and how do you answer if you’re 50 or older? AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins believes you shouldn’t fall for stereotypes about how people 50+ should act. That’s why she wrote her best-selling book “Disrupt Aging.” The book is about changing the way we think about getting older. We all age every day and that’s way better than the alternative. We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives so growing older …

— 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 …

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— State legislators unanimously passed legislation in May to help family caregivers be better prepared when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. Gov. David Ige (D) signed the bill in June, and the new law will take effect July 1, 2017. Known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the law will allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver, whose name will be recorded in the patient’s chart. The hospital will notify the caregiver about …

— When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

— With the high cost of living in Hawaii, residents who don’t plan ahead may have to delay taking retirement. AARP Hawaii’s “Ready for Retirement” workshops and webinars offer 10 critical tips for a healthy and financially secure future, including Social Security and Medicare overviews, advice on when to claim benefits, and help with AARP online calculators to project future money and benefits strategies. Targeting the more than 276,000 state residents between ages 50 and 64, AARP Hawaii is offering onsite …

— As budget negotiations continue in Washington, AARP has released an analysis showing the negative impact one proposal – the so-called “chained CPI” – would have on Hawaii’s veterans’ compensation and pensions. The chained CPI would change the way the cost-of-living adjustment is calculated for veterans’ compensation and Social Security, reducing amounts veterans receive every year, and over time cutting benefits the most for the oldest veterans, including those with severe disabilities. AARP joins more than a dozen veterans’ groups in …

— Tax season is right around the corner and many Hawaii seniors will soon be looking for filing assistance.  The good news is more than 250 Tax-Aide volunteers across the state are standing by to help.  Beginning February 1 through April 15, AARP-trained and IRS-certified volunteers will be available at 43 locations across the state (including 20 sites on Oahu) to help prepare federal and state tax forms. Last year in Hawaii, Tax-Aide counselors helped file nearly 18,000 state and federal …