Real Possibilities — To Age in Place, Consider Homefitting

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-07T22:04:15+00:00">February 7, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-07T22:16:49+00:00">February 7, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Gerry and Sylvia Silva began remodeling the home in which they raised their six children because of Sylvia’s aging father. But also top of mind was that by making their home accessible for Sylvia’s father, it would also become a home for them for the rest of their lives — a place where they could age in place. “Both of us had aging parents who had a tendency to live past 90. Both of us were the go-to person for …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Celebrates First 50 Years

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-30T17:53:49+00:00">January 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-09T13:16:31+00:00">February 9, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, the AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating 50  years of service, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood …

AARP Volunteers Lobby for Kupuna at the Hawai‘i Legislature

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-17T17:06:36+00:00">January 17, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-17T17:35:16+00:00">January 17, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Our AARP Hawai‘i volunteers are active and visible in their red shirts as the 2018 Legislature gets underway. We’re working to make sure that the interests of people 50+ are heard and to push for bills that will make life better for kupuna, caregivers and people of all ages. On Monday, Advocacy Director Kerry Komatsubara briefed volunteers on the issues we will be lobbying for at the Legislature. We then visited with lawmakers on Tuesday to thank them for their …

Maui’s Bill and Lena Staton Receive AARP Award for Service

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-02T15:14:24+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP selected Maui residents William “Bill” and Lena Staton to receive the 2017 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious state volunteer recognition award. The Andrus Award is an annual award for exemplary volunteer leadership named after AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967), who exemplified AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to be served.” The Statons conceived of and coordinated the “Maui Welcomes Home Her Vietnam Veterans” event on Maui as part of the 50th Commemoration of the …

Alzheimer’s Blog: Slipping towards the light

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-05T20:17:13+00:00">November 5, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Former television news anchor Diane Ako blogs about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. My mother is nearly catatonic, four years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She sits wherever placed and rests with eyes half shut. She doesn’t speak. She needs to be fed and wheeled around now. This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s. She mumble-whispers and it’s mostly unintelligible. She has a couple things she …

World War II Filipino Veterans Need to Register for Congressional Gold Medal

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-23T15:42:53+00:00">September 23, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:05:10+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

Filipino World War II veterans and surviving family members are being urged to register so they can receive long-overdue recognition of their service during the War in the Pacific. At a recent news conference at AARP Hawaii, retired Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, the chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, said Filipino, Filipino-American, and American  veterans and surviving family members who served in the Pacific during World War II should go to FilVetRep.org and fill out an application …

Real Possibilities – Caregivers, Kupuna Must Plan Ahead to Survive a Disaster

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-21T15:56:00+00:00">September 21, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-30T18:20:54+00:00">January 30, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

As a caregiver, Ken Takeya knows that if a hurricane, tsunami or some other disaster strikes Hawai‘i, he needs to be by his wife’s side, rather than running around or standing in long lines to buy water, food and gas. Takeya has a detailed disaster plan and more than two weeks of food, medicine, water and other supplies to survive in the chaotic aftermath of a disaster on O‘ahu. “You gotta be organized. It’s not hard. Once you do it …

Save Lives; Volunteer, Donate to the Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-20T17:11:00+00:00">September 20, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-30T18:19:01+00:00">January 30, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

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 Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Hawaii

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T17:31:00+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-30T18:20:09+00:00">January 30, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP Hawaii announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “The two Hawaii projects that AARP Hawaii is funding will help educate people – young and old – about making Honolulu a more livable and age-friendly city,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of AARP …

Volunteers wanted: Help Drivers to be Safer on Hawaii’s Roads

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T16:37:00+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-06T15:26:53+00:00">November 6, 2017</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP is looking for volunteers, including a state coordinator, who want to be a driving force in keeping Hawaii’s roads safer. Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has kept more than 16 million drivers safe through leading educational programs, including the flagship AARP Smart Driver course, the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course. We’re looking for volunteers to instruct the award-winning AARP Smart Driver classroom course, which helps drivers refresh their driving skills and knowledge of the rules — …