Caregivers, Kupuna Must Plan Ahead to Survive a Disaster

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-08-19T18:39:00+00:00">August 19, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-20T19:12:30+00:00">August 20, 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 …

Lei of Parks Event on Sept. 1 Offers Glimpse at Livable Oahu

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-08-10T18:31:32+00:00">August 10, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Get a glimpse of what Oahu’s recreational future might be when three of Honolulu’s South Shore parks are temporarily linked for a day, a first step in creating a Lei of Parks that could eventually stretch from Waikīkī to Nānākuli. Walk, bike and enjoy family-friendly activities at Ala Moana Beach Park, Kewalo Basin Park and Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Temporary signs, ground chalk stencils, and traffic controls will allow people to …

Real Possibilities – The 50+ Vote: America’s Most Powerful Force

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-08-07T19:09:12+00:00">August 7, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

At this time of the year, those of us 50 and older are the most powerful people in America. Why? Because we vote. And we generally vote in greater numbers than other age groups. Critical issues that affect kupuna, caregivers and your financial security are at stake. In Hawai‘i, the next Legislature and governor will decide on services for kupuna and caregivers, including funding and possible expansion of the Kupuna Caregiver Program, which provides adult daycare and other services to …

AARP Releases New Data That Shows Medicare is a Major Economic Driver in Hawai‘i

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-07-31T20:47:40+00:00">July 31, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Medicare contributes $2.4 billion to Hawai‘i’s economy, equivalent to  15% of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP released just before the 53rd anniversary of the law. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid laws into effect on July 30, 1965 as amendments to the Social Security Act. Former President Harry Truman, who was the first president to propose national health insurance, was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary. The Medicare program …

Bikeshare Hawai’i, Trust for Public Land awarded Community Challenge Grants

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-07-18T23:00:43+00:00">July 18, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

Communities across Hawai‘i are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Hawai‘i. The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-10T22:03:39+00:00">June 10, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-10T18:11:05+00:00">August 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 …

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

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-10T19:38:00+00:00">June 10, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-10T18:11:53+00:00">August 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 Sponsors Televised Gubernatorial Debate on July 16

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-05T15:38:00+00:00">May 5, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-10T17:52:34+00:00">August 10, 2018</time> by AARP Hawaii

AARP Hawai‘i is sponsoring a live televised debate between the major Democratic candidates for governor  — Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Governor David Ige — on July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the KHON2 studios. The debate is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote.” Campaign to urge all candidates to address issues important to to voters 50 and older and to hold politicians accountable for their promises. Americans 50+ are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. KHON2’s Gina …

AARP Hawai’i Vounteer Speakers Available for Groups

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-01T16:54:00+00:00">May 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-22T17:36:18+00:00">June 22, 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; Disaster Preparedness Medicare Basics; 10 Steps to Get Ready for Retirement; Secure Your Future—Your Path to Financial Resilience; Fraud Prevention Prepare to …

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 …