— 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: …

— AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii residents, 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Hawaii is excited to shine a light on 50+ Hawaii residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jackie Boland, Community Outreach Director for AARP Hawaii. A volunteer committee will evaluate the …

— When former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka presented his namesake award for outstanding service to seniors to AARP Hawaii, State Director Barbara Kim Stanton made sure to credit AARP’s volunteers and supporters. She insisted on a group picture with the volunteers in red shirts and supporters in the state Legislature. “This award is clearly a tribute to our volunteers as they are critical to AARP Hawaii’s success in all areas,” Stanton said as Sen. Akaka presented the award during Kupuna …

— AARP volunteer speakers are fanning out across Oahu and Hawaii island this week to talk about financial issues ranging from fraud to social security and preparing for retirement. It’s part of the Hawaii Public Library’s Money Smart Week, an annual event promoting financial literacy. Every year the public libraries work with AARP’s Speakers Bureau to find speakers for community meetings at the library. AARP speakers are available to talk on a variety of topics from fraud prevention and retirement strategy …

— AARP Hawaii is encouraging members to participate in island traditions to honor our veterans. On Oahu, AARP volunteers will be helping with Girl Scout’s “Lei of Aloha” project to make 10,000 lei to decorate the graves at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe and on Maui, members are encouraged to donate flowers or help make lei for the county’s annual “Blossoms for the Brave” lei-making effort on May 26. The Girl Scouts will be collecting flower donations and making …

— 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 …