— More than half of fire deaths in Hawaii were of people 65 and older, according to a recent report. That’s why AARP Hawaii and the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent fire deaths among kupuna. Nationally, the number of fire deaths is declining, but deaths among people 65 and older is increasing. Kupuna are nearly three times as likely to die in fires than the general population. We’re asking for volunteers and donations to the Sound the Alarm …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Oahu and the Neighbor Islands for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a …

— 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 …