— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

— 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 …

— AARP Hawaii advocacy volunteers from across the state descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to talk with lawmakers about AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The volunteers, dressed in red AARP shirts, hosted a coffee hour for lawmakers and their staff, then fanned out in groups to speak with key representatives and senators in the afternoon. AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities this session are to pass a resolution to create a task group to come up with ways to …

— AARP Hawaii is seeking nominations for the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors individuals who give of their experience, talent, and skills in making valuable contributions to the community. The award reflects the spirit of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work 56 years after she founded AARP to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose. Nominations are open to any Hawaii volunteer age 50 or …

— Honolulu resident Barbara Service was presented with AARP Hawaii’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service at a volunteer recognition event on November 18. Service, whose last name exemplifies her commitment to community service, is a long-time advocacy volunteer on AARP’s priority issues in Hawaii, and serves as the president of Chapter 60. She is also related to Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967) the founder of AARP. As her great aunt did decades ago, Service personifies AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to …

— As the 2016 legislative session approaches, AARP Hawaii is building support for legislation that would help family caregivers when a loved one returns from a hospital stay. About 154,000 Hawaii residents are family caregivers whose unpaid services—valued at more than $2 billion a year—make it possible for adult loved ones to live at home instead of in costly nursing homes. The proposed legislation would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would inform the caregiver about …

— Advocates intent on passing legislation supporting Hawaii’s family caregivers presented their case before the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group at the state Capitol on September 10. The meeting was apparently the only chance advocates will have to directly address the Working Group on why the CARE Act is needed in Hawaii. Leading the caregiver advocates were AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva and Executive Council Member Audrey Suga-Nakagawa. Two family caregivers and a care recipient described personal experiences that would …

— Advocates supporting proposed legislation that would require hospitals to offer to instruct family caregivers in after-care tasks needed to be performed after discharge turned out for the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group meeting on August 20 at the state Capitol. The Caregiver Working Group heard from the directors of state and county elderly affairs offices on the role of Aging and Disability Resource Centers and other community organizations in helping caregivers and their families. Hospitals opposing the CARE Act legislation …

— 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. …

— New research on the number of family caregivers in the islands and the value of the unpaid care they provide loved ones has given greater urgency to the need to support caregivers in Hawaii. As our population ages, family caregivers are faced with the need to provide complex types of care – such as medication management and wound care – for which many are unprepared. AARP Hawaii is part of a coalition of advocates focused on passing a law that …

— Aloha, We learned this week that the Legislative Family Caregivers Working Group will be holding its first meeting at the State Capitol, Room 325 on Thursday, July 16 at 11 a.m. This is a critical first step in the next phase of our coalition-led effort to pass a much-needed law supporting family caregivers in Hawaii. Please join our team of caregiver advocates attending this meeting – and we’ll provide you with an I Heart Caregivers t-shirt. The Family Caregivers Working …

— AARP Hawaii and several state agencies leading the fight against fraud will offer free public awareness events at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and the Hawaii ADRC (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, June 16. The events are intended to arm Hawaii residents against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country each year. The Scam Jams are co-sponsored by the State Office of the Securities …