— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Hawaii announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “The two Hawaii projects that AARP Hawaii is funding will help educate people – young and old – about making Honolulu a more livable and age-friendly city,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of AARP …

— Do you want to help your community become increasingly age-friendly? Are you interested in advocacy for Social Security, Medicare, pedestrian safety, transportation or other aging issues? Would you like to learn how to shoot photos and videos for Facebook and Twitter? AARP Hawaii is recruiting enthusiastic volunteers who are eager to learn communications and advocacy skills to share information about issues affecting Hawaii residents 50 and older. Orientation sessions for new volunteers are scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Act your age. Has anyone ever told you that and how do you answer if you’re 50 or older? AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins believes you shouldn’t fall for stereotypes about how people 50+ should act. That’s why she wrote her best-selling book “Disrupt Aging.” The book is about changing the way we think about getting older. We all age every day and that’s way better than the alternative. We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives so growing older …

— Once again, Hawaii ranked as the deadliest state in the nation for people 65 and over who just want to walk across the street. The latest Dangerous by Design report, released this month, looked at pedestrian deaths from 2005 to 2014 and found that of the 251 pedestrians killed on Hawaii roads, 42 percent were 65 or older. In fact, older residents are more likely to die on the streets of Hawaii than in any other state. Per capita pedestrian …