— 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 …

— 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 …

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— With proper planning, a retirement that enables you to choose how you live as you age is possible. But it’s not easy and takes some work. You need to think about when to take Social Security, how to pay for health insurance, and how much you can spend on living expenses and just enjoying life. To help you plan, AARP Hawaii is holding a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Hilo on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. to …

— Retirement isn’t as simple as reaching age 65 and quitting your job. It takes planning and the earlier you start the better. You need to think about when to take Social Security,  how to pay for health insurance, and how much you can spend on living expenses and just enjoying life. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Kaneohe and East Oahu. The Kaneohe workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the …

— Retirement isn’t as simple as reaching age 65 and quitting your job. It takes planning and the earlier you start the better. You need to think about when to take Social Security,  how to pay for health insurance, and how much you can spend on living expenses and just enjoying life. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, August 26. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the …

— The earlier you start saving and investing for retirement the better. But no matter when you start, you need to know basic information about investing so you can make good decisions and invest with confidence. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding a free “Better Late Than Never” workshop in Lihue on Saturday, August 19 with AARP volunteer and financial planner Joanna Amberger. The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lihue Public Library, 4344 Hardy Street. Amberger …

— Do more than just dream about retirement; Start planning for it at a “Think of Your Future” workshop in Wailuku on Saturday, June 10. The free workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions …

— You can do more than dream about retirement; you can start planning for it at a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Waimea on Saturday, April 29 . The free workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tutu’s House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member …

—   Master Shopper Veronica Hall will share secrets of saving money on groceries by clipping coupons with AARP members and guests at an Extreme Coupon Class on June 29. Hall teaches methods of organizing her newspaper and Internet coupons and secrets of shopping wisely that can be used to save big money every month. She says she spends less than $250 a month to feed her family of four. The 90-minute workshop for AARP members and guests is at the …

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— Saving for retirement in a state with a high cost of living is stressful, especially for those employed by small businesses. AARP Hawaii is urging state lawmakers to create a work group to devise strategies that could help people save. About half of the state’s private-sector workers have jobs that do not offer an opportunity to save for retirement through payroll deductions. And in a survey of Hawaii voters ages 35-64, nearly 6 in 10 of those in the workforce …