— Our AARP Hawai‘i volunteers are active and visible in their red shirts as the 2018 Legislature gets underway. We’re working to make sure that the interests of people 50+ are heard and to push for bills that will make life better for kupuna, caregivers and people of all ages. On Monday, Advocacy Director Kerry Komatsubara briefed volunteers on the issues we will be lobbying for at the Legislature. We then visited with lawmakers on Tuesday to thank them for their …

— AARP selected Maui residents William “Bill” and Lena Staton to receive the 2017 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious state volunteer recognition award. The Andrus Award is an annual award for exemplary volunteer leadership named after AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967), who exemplified AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to be served.” The Statons conceived of and coordinated the “Maui Welcomes Home Her Vietnam Veterans” event on Maui as part of the 50th Commemoration of the …

— 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, …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— 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 …

— Filipino World War II veterans and surviving family members are being urged to register so they can receive long-overdue recognition of their service during the War in the Pacific. At a recent news conference at AARP Hawaii, retired Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba, the chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, said Filipino, Filipino-American, and American  veterans and surviving family members who served in the Pacific during World War II should go to FilVetRep.org and fill out an application …

— 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 …

— More than half of fire deaths in Hawaii were of people 65 and older, according to a recent report. That’s why AARP Hawaii and the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent fire deaths among kupuna. Nationally, the number of fire deaths is declining, but deaths among people 65 and older is increasing. Kupuna are nearly three times as likely to die in fires than the general population. We’re asking for volunteers and donations to the Sound the Alarm …