— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— A landmark law aims to help about 154,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state to remain in the workforce while helping their parents, spouses or other relatives age in place. The Kupuna Caregiver Act will provide services worth up to $70 a day to ease the financial, physical and emotional stress on these caregivers. Such services could include home-delivered meals, personal care, transportation and adult day care, for example. Funded at $600,000 for one year beginning in 2018, the program …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …