AARP Seeks 2018 Andrus Award Nominations for Community Service

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-18T21:37:56+00:00">May 18, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii individuals age 50+ 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 individuals 50 years and older who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawai‘i state director Nominations will be evaluated by …

Save Lives; Look and Say Mahalo Before Crossing the Street

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-26T22:03:07+00:00">April 26, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Make eye contact with a driver or pedestrian and say mahalo before crossing the street. That’s the message that AARP Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Walk Wise Hawaii and other senior organizations and facilities will be sharing during a pedestrian safety sign waving event on May 2 at locations across Honolulu. “Pedestrians and drivers must be aware of each other when approaching intersections and crossing the street,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland, program coordinator at the Lanakila Senior Center operated by Catholic …

Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-10T22:03:39+00:00">April 10, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Hawai‘i and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Hawai‘i is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Hawai‘i’s 264,864 Medicare enrollees are among the first to receive the new new …

Real Possibilities: Legislation Affecting Your Future

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-30T22:17:00+00:00">March 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-10T22:30:08+00:00">April 10, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Marcelo Barra, who works as a sail maker at a company in Kalihi, wants to save for retirement. But after paying bills and other family expenses, there never seems to be enough money for savings. Barra works for a small business with only five employees and his employer doesn’t offer a 401K or other retirement savings plan that deducts money directly from his paycheck — the most effective way to save. “This puts my family and, ultimately, myself at a …

Hawaii’s Small Businesses, Workers Need Simple Way to Save For Retirement

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-10T19:38:31+00:00">March 10, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-03-10T21:27:13+00:00">March 10, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

At Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering in Waipahu, the line sometimes stretches out the door for their famous ahi limu poke, maki sushi and sashimi platters. The family owned business takes pride in its local roots, community service, quality food and the service-with-a-smile attitude of its 150 workers. Founder Mel Tanioka and daughter Jasmine Tanioka, the company’s chief financial officer, want to offer a 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings plan to their workers, but found the administrative costs too high …

AARP Hawai’i Vounteer Speakers Available for Groups

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-25T16:54:51+00:00">February 25, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-17T14:40:07+00:00">April 17, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP Hawai‘i will supply speakers for Oahu, Big Island and Maui groups on a wide variety of topics, ranging from fraud to caregiving to retirement planning. There is no charge and any group with at least ten people can host the presentation at a place of their choice. This year’s  topics include: Social Security Retiree and Family Benefits; Medicare Basics; 10 Steps to Get Ready for Retirement; Secure Your Future—Your Path to Financial Resilience; Fraud Prevention Prepare to Care Managing …

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 …

Caregivers, Kupuna Must Plan Ahead to Survive a Disaster

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-21T18:39:00+00:00">January 21, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-26T22:10:07+00:00">April 26, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

If you are a kupuna or caregiver, especially if you take care of someone with dementia, the time to prepare for a major storm or disaster is now, before a disaster happens. Hurricane season started June 1 in Hawaii. But disasters here could also include tsunami, power outages and even an earthquake. Preparation for a disaster involves preparing and practicing a disaster plan and stocking and maintaining a disaster supply kit. Caregivers and kupuna need to come up with a …

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 …