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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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— When you are a caregiver to someone with dementia, you need to be a bit of a detective as well as possess some of the skills of a nurse, social worker and housekeeper. That’s what Dorothy Colby, a certified trainer and mentor, teaches in her Positive Approach to Care workshops. Colby, who is also administrator of the Hale Ku‘ike residential dementia care facility in Nu‘uanu, said they threw a 91st birthday party for a resident. But instead of being happy, …

— Dorothy Arriola Colby knows the challenges that about 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii face daily. A dementia care specialist and caregiving trainer, Colby will share her expertise with these unpaid heroes at two free conferences this month on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. Family members who help loved ones continue to live at home can become isolated and frustrated. The conferences will offer support to show they are not alone. In addition to workshops and an information fair, …

— 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 …

— Hawaii’s 154,000 family caregivers have more support when a loved one – such as a parent, spouse or friend – goes into the hospital because the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act is now a law as of  July 1. AARP is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform people about the support the CARE Act provides to family caregivers. The campaign also celebrates family caregivers and lets family caregivers know about some of the resources available to help …