— 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 …

— 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 …