— 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 Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Oahu and the Neighbor Islands for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a …

— Are you interested in the future of Oahu’s water supply? Water quality, affordability and availability are critical parts of being able to live well and age in place in Hawaii. The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is looking for public comment on their draft of the Water Master Plan (WMP), a comprehensive program that looks ahead 30 years to evaluate the entire water system, quantify future demands and source options, identify necessary improvements, and balance needs and costs of providing water to …

— AARP understands that residents of Hawaii want to make the most of their future. Sometimes it is hard to navigate that process. That’s why AARP is providing free, unbiased information that will help you make smart financial decisions, so you can live the life you want to live! Attend one of two free workshops on Saturday, August 27. Both events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Materials and refreshments will be provided to attendees. Each “Think of Your Future Workshop” will include discussions on: • …

— About 500 people attended AARP’s annual Caregiver Conference at the Japanese Cultural Center on Saturday, April 2. The free event, co-sponsored by Wilson Care Group, covered topics ranging from managing complex change to the latest research on promoting brain health – and connected residents with information and resources to help caregivers support their aging loved ones. The conference featured an update on bills affecting seniors and their families moving through the state legislature – including the omnibus Kupuna Care funding …

— The CARE Act crossed an important hurdle at the legislature in March as Senate CPH Chair Rosalyn Baker and Senate HMS Chair Suzanne Chun Oakland passed the bill out of their respective committees, with friendly amendments. The amended bill – HB 2252 HD1 SD1 – has been referred to the Senate Judiciary and Labor (JDL) Committee, where committee chair Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, who supports the bill, scheduled it for decision making on Tuesday, April 5. In a recent interview from …

— Legislators, caregivers, and kupuna advocates took part in radio interviews from the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, March 29, to talk about the challenges facing Hawaii’s caregivers and the status of legislation supporting caregivers and their families. The program was held in connection with Family Caregiver Awareness Day at the Capitol, an annual event focusing on issues important to caregivers and the elderly and disabled in their care. The live radio remote gave the public a rare opportunity to hear …

— The youngest of Hawaii’s baby boomers (those born in 1964) turns 50 this year, joining the ranks of a generation searching for answers on how to achieve financial security and find personal fulfillment. Whether they’re focused on work, money, health, or discovering new possibilities in life, people at mid-life are looking for information that will help them reach their financial and personal goals. AARP Hawaii is hosting a series of free workshops at locations across the state in April and …

— On March 15 AARP Hawaii reached out by telephone to members across the state to talk about a bill before the state Legislature that would offer relief to family caregivers. Senate Bill 2264 – the CARE Act – would require hospitals to give caregivers the instruction they need to care for their loved ones when the patient is discharged. Joining AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton on the call were state Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (District 13) and AARP …

— AARP Hawaii sponsored a community workshop on caregiving and long-term care at the Maui Beach Hotel, Maui Lani Room, on Monday March 24. The featured speaker was Susan Reinhard, director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute and the author of a national study that challenges assumptions of the traditional role of family caregiving. The study, appropriately named Home Alone, found that as people live longer, family caregivers are called upon to provide increasingly complex kinds of care – such as injections …