— AARP Hawai‘i released its 2018 Gubernatorial Video Voters’ Guide as part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote™” campaign, which continues AARP’s long tradition of nonpartisan voter engagement. This guide will provide Hawai‘i voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues that matter most to older residents and their families and help these impactful voters make their voices heard on Election Day. AARP’s 2018 Gubernatorial Video Voters’ Guide features state Rep. Andria Tupola (R) and Gov. David Ige (D) …

— For the price of a cup of coffee, a criminal can buy your personal information on the Dark Web and begin stealing your identity. Despite that alarming thought, a recent AARP survey found that most people do not take basic precautions against identity fraud. So much personal information has been exposed over the years — from the Zippy’s credit card data breach here in Hawai‘i, to the recent Equifax hack, to Yahoo’s record data breach of about 3 billion users …

— “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 …

— AARP is partnering with Bikeshare Hawaii to offer fun, free and healthy Biki Social Rides aimed at people 50 and older during September and October. The first rides take place on Saturday, September 1 at the Lei of Parks Family Day which will link Ala Moana, Kewalo Basin and Kakaako parks with walking and biking paths. The social rides begin at Biki Stop 224 at the Atkinson Boulevard entrance to Ala Moana Park at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1 p.m. HST PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 1 p.m. HST If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

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 …

— With healthier lifestyles and advances in health care, the odds are that we will live much longer than our parents. But many people haven’t planned for a longer life. Will you have enough savings for a longer life? Do you and your family have a plan for long-term care? Can you age in place in your home or do you need to make modifications? AARP Hawai‘i holding a workshop in Hilo on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Grand Naniloa Hotel …

— At this time of the year, those of us 50 and older are the most powerful people in America. Why? Because we vote. And we generally vote in greater numbers than other age groups. Critical issues that affect kupuna, caregivers and your financial security are at stake. In Hawai‘i, the next Legislature and governor will decide on services for kupuna and caregivers, including funding and possible expansion of the Kupuna Caregiver Program, which provides adult daycare and other services to …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1 p.m. HST PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 1 p.m. HST The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— Don’t miss our local, online event for family caregivers. ONLINE CARE FAIR Tips, tools, resources and support for family caregivers in Hawaii. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2-5 p.m. PT When it comes to caring for a loved one, everyone’s journey is different. That’s why you shouldn’t miss AARP’s Online Care Fair, a FREE live online event that offers resources, answers and support no matter where yours takes you. Filled with tips, tools, and access to local and state services, the …