— 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 …

— 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 …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— 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 …

— Documents containing sensitive information can leave a bread trail for scammers, potentially leading to identity theft. Spring cleaning is a good time to shred them. AARP Hawaii is working with Access Information Protected, a records management company, to offer free shredding events on three islands on Saturday, April 28. The events, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, will be on Oahu, at 98-736 Moanalua Loop in Aiea; the Big Island, at 73-4164 Huli Koa Drive in Kailua-Kona; and Maui, at …

— 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 …

— 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 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 …

— 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 …