— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Hawaii. We hope you’ll join us!

— For the price of a cup of coffee, a criminal can buy your personal information on the Dark Web and begin stealing your identity. Despite that alarming thought, a recent AARP survey found that most people do not take basic precautions against identity fraud. So much personal information has been exposed over the years — from the Zippy’s credit card data breach here in Hawai‘i, to the recent Equifax hack, to Yahoo’s record data breach of about 3 billion users …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1 p.m. HST PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1 p.m. HST If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1 p.m. HST PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 1 p.m. HST The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1 p.m. HST PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 1 p.m. HST You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— “How to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse” is the unlikely title of the latest offering from AARP Hawaii’s speakers bureau. Why? Emergency readiness kits and disaster planning aren’t that different from preparing for a zombie invasion. Groups can request a workshop covering preparedness for catastrophes like tsunamis and earthquakes. It’s one of many free presentations on issues important to people 50-plus that AARP Hawaii offers for groups. Topics include brain health, fighting fraud, Social Security and caregiving. Speakers include experts …

— AARP is partnering with Bikeshare Hawaii to offer fun, free and healthy Biki Social Rides aimed at people 50 and older during September and October. The first rides take place on Saturday, September 1 at the Lei of Parks Family Day which will link Ala Moana, Kewalo Basin and Kakaako parks with walking and biking paths. The social rides begin at Biki Stop 224 at the Atkinson Boulevard entrance to Ala Moana Park at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The …

Hurricane preparedness tips

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …