Every day in Hawaii a silent army of family caregivers performs a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. An estimated 154,000 family caregivers in the islands help older loved ones with everything from medications and medical care, meals, bathing and dressing, chores, and much more. While Hawaii’s caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way, they need a little support.
AARP Hawaii is offering free caregiver events in Hilo, Honolulu and Kapaa in November, providing much-needed information and resources to support caregivers and the families that depend on them:
- Saturday, November 7 at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu (7:30 a.m. – noon) – select from informative breakout sessions on topics ranging from advocating for loved ones with service providers and health professionals to modifying your home for aging in place. Parking is $5.
- Friday, November 13 at the Regal Prince Kuhio 9 in Hilo (10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.) – attend a workshop focusing on must-have apps and gadgets for caregivers by AARP caregiving expert Amy Goyer, followed by a free screening of the acclaimed film The Theory of Everything, based on the life of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
- Saturday, November 14 at the Marriot Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach in Kapaa (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – hear inspiring presentations on how to get organized as a caregiver, legal issues for caregivers, and navigating the complexities of Medicare and Medicaid.
- Friday, November 20 at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Maui (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - listen to words of inspiration and encouragement from poet, author and caregiver Frances Kakugawa.
AARP is dedicated to supporting family caregivers so they can safely care for their older loved ones at home – keeping them out of nursing homes, and preventing unnecessary hospitalizations. Visit the AARP Caregiving Resource Center to discover a suite of tools and information designed to support family caregivers.