— 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 …

— 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 …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1– 1:30 p.m. HT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about their …

— AARP Hawaii is hosting its 2018 Women and Money conference on Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu. The conference is designed to help women achieve retirement security. Gerri Walsh, senior vice president for investor education at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, will deliver the keynote address, sharing insights on How Women Outshine Men at Investing. Most Americans fall short in retirement savings, and women are especially vulnerable. Compared with men, women tend to live …

— Many of us have gotten the calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, or seen that pop-up message on your computer, warning you of a virus and the need to call tech support RIGHT NOW. Maybe you’ve even gotten the call from someone who sounds familiar, saying: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” These are imposter frauds. It’s when a scammer poses as someone he or she is not — an IRS agent or a police …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— In Hawaii, honoring veterans has a rich tradition. Many residents place lei on military graves on Memorial Day. AARP Hawaii is recruiting volunteers to string lei on Oahu and Maui. The Girl Scouts’ Lei of Aloha campaign, which aims to place lei on 10,000 graves, will be stringing them Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe. On Maui, Blossoms for the Brave, sponsored by Kaunoa Senior Services and Maui County, will adorn graves  at the …

— 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 …