— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Hawaii. We hope you’ll join us!

— “How to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse” is the unlikely title of the latest offering from AARP Hawaii’s speakers bureau. Why? Emergency readiness kits and disaster planning aren’t that different from preparing for a zombie invasion. Groups can request a workshop covering preparedness for catastrophes like tsunamis and earthquakes. It’s one of many free presentations on issues important to people 50-plus that AARP Hawaii offers for groups. Topics include brain health, fighting fraud, Social Security and caregiving. Speakers include experts …

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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Papakolea’s Adrienne Dillard is one of ten finalists for AARP AAPI Community Hero Awards Contest and needs votes on Facebook to become one of the top three winners. Dillard, the executive director of Kula no na Po‘e Hawaii, was nominated for her efforts to build an age- and dementia-friendly community across generations in the Hawaiian Home Lands community of Papakolea on Oahu. The Kawaihonaakealoa – Papakolea’s Elder Service Project – supports kupuna by providing services that will allow them to …

— AARP wants to make sure an estimated 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii are aware of a new law and how it affects them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which will take effect July 1, aims to improve communication between hospitals and caregivers. The law allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. It requires hospitals to record the caregiver’s contact information, keep the caregiver informed when the patient is transferred or discharged, and provide instruction for the …

— Caregivers and family members can learn how to keep your brain healthy, improve your homelife as a caregiver, reduce stress and get fit and modify your home to age in place. Come to AARP Hawaii’s seminars at the Generations Magazine Aging in Place Workshops Saturday in the Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The topics are as follows: 8:30 AM Understanding Dementia & Steps for a Healthy Brain Presented by …

— Updated 10/10: Listen to the entire recording here! Press release from the event is below. Honolulu— This Saturday, October 1, Honolulu mayoral candidates will participate in a live tele-town hall forum from 9-10 a.m. and take phone questions from Oahu residents on issues concerning them. “AARP is pleased to provide the opportunity for Oahu residents to listen and ask questions about the issues they are most concerned with,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawaii’s State Director who will serve as moderator of …

— AARP Hawaii fought for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Now, you can download your free CARE Act wallet card for you and any loved one you may care for. Effective July 1, 2017, the CARE Act will require Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: 1.) Provide the patient with with the oportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record. 2.) Notify …