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Elderly Affairs Division Announcements

RSVP - 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

This year, the Department of Community Services, Elderly Affairs Division (EAD) RSVP Volunteer Program will be coordinating the collection of personal care supplies for homebound and seniors in need. To show our support, EAD staff will collaborate with RSVP volunteers to collect and distribute these supplies. The EAD office will be the primary collection site of donated items and will begin collection from August 15 to September 9, 2013, located at 715 South King Street, Suite 211. The following is a list of personal care supplies which are ideal for collecting: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Dental Floss, Mouthwash, Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Washcloths, Hair Brush/Comb, Razor/Nail Clipper, Shaving Cream/Gel, Body & Hand Lotion, Cotton Swab/Balls, Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissue, and Paper Napkins. Please contact RSVP at 768-7700 with any questions or for pick up from your department.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012; 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Mental Health Challenges and How to Overcome Them A Mental Health Brown Bag Seminar presented by Mental Health America of Hawai`i *** You are invited to a discussion with: Ritabelle Fernandes, M.D., M.P.H. Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic Thomas Harding, Psy.D., M.A. Director of Neuropsychology Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, LLC, Castle Hospital Gary Powell Executive Director The Caregiver Foundation Sara Tompkison, LCSW Caregiver Support Coordinator VA- Pacific Islands Healthcare System *** When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:00 am - Program starts promptly at 11:30 am.) Where: Central Union Church 1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI (Located between McCully Street and Punahou Street in the Parish Hall, Diamond Head side of the church in back) Donation of $10 - $25 requested Parking free on-site (Parking available in parking lot off of Punahou or on the grassy area in front .) Bring a bag lunch

"Nite" of the "Living Will"

October 31, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Presentation on Advance Healthcare Directives, Manoa Campus, Law School Moot Court Room

What's Next?

A psycho-educational program for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease. When: Once per week, every Wednesday from August 8 to November 7, 2012. Time: 10 AM to Noon. Location: Central Union Church, 1660 So. Beretania Street, Honolulu. Cost: FREE to Family Caregivers. Donations gratefully accepted.

Malama I Na Kupuna Caregiver Workshop Series “Recognizing Kupuna Depression”

Saturday, June 30 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Lunalilo Home Free, but space is limited- registration is required

Executive Office on Aging Receives $485,000 for Senior Nutrition

March 19, 2009 - The State’s Executive Office on Aging (EOA) has received a total of $485,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for senior nutrition services. See the EOA News Release for more details.

Anti-fraud Conference

April 25, 2009 - The State Executive Office on Aging and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Hawai’i, in collaboration with the City and County of Honolulu’s Elderly Affairs Division, sponsored “PROTECT, DETECT, REPORT,” an anti-fraud conference held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  The conference provided tips on how to PROTECT elders from fraud; information about how to DETECT different types of fraud; and advice on how and to whom to REPORT fraud.  For more information, download the Hawaii's Fraud Prevention & Resource Guide. The 134-page guide provides information about different types of fraud and how you can protect yourself.

Mayor Presents Senior Recognition Awards

April 2, 2009 - Mayor Mufi Hannemann congratulated 79 senior honorees at the 43rd Annual Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program. The 2009 Outstanding Male and Female Volunteers were Charles Clark and Michiko Motooka. Also recognized were four Akamai Living Award winners: Lawrence Morisako, Victorio Macatumbas, Serafina Gangemi Smith, and Antonio Garcia. These seniors represent the many who generously help others cope with life’s difficulties or assist organizations that deliver health care, recreational or social services. See this press release for additional information.

Akamai Living Award winners with Mayor Mufi Hannemann 
Outstanding Male and Female Volunteers with Mayor Mufi Hannemann

New Adult Protective Services (APS) Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2009

Starting July 1, 2009, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult Protective Services program will accept reports on abuse that cover: 1) caregiver neglect; 2) financial exploitation; 3) physical abuse; 4) psychological abuse; 5) self-neglect; and/or 6) sexual abuse. 


The new law focuses on "vulnerable" adults  instead of "dependent" adults. A vulnerable adult is defined as anyone 18 years or older with a mental, developmental or physical impairment who is also unable to: 1) communicate or make responsible decisions to manage his or her own care or resources; 2) carry out or arrange for essential activities of daily living; or 3) protect oneself from abuse.

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Winners of 2009 Honolulu Forever Young Awards Announced

August 6, 2009 - Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the winners of the 2009 Honolulu Forever Young awards, honoring individuals 65 or older who exemplify “successful living.” See this press release for more information.

New System for Determining TheHandi-Van Eligibility

On October 14, 2009, the City & County of Honolulu implemented a new application system for determining eligibility for TheHandi-Van, the City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities who are unable to independently use TheBus.

ADRC Hawaii Featured on KHON Elderhood Project

The Aging and Disability Resource Center website was featured on the KHON2 Elderhood Project with Kirk Matthews.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers reduce the negative effects of caregiving (e.g., guilt, anger, depression) and improve caregiver self-care and communication skills. The workshop consists of six class sessions held once a week for 2 and a half hours.


Contact the Elderly Affairs Division at 768-7700 for more information.

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Caring for Hawaii's Elders

Caring for Hawaii's Elders, a blog, featured the Elderly Affairs Division and new ADRC Hawaii website on November 6 and 9, 2009. Click here to read more. 

Hawai'i County ADRC Receives Award

The Hawai‘i County Office of Aging was honored Tuesday, February 23, 2010 with the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Exemplary Partnership Award at the 2010 Grantee National Meeting “Changing Systems Changing Lives” in Alexandria, VA.

The award was given to Hawaii'i County for establishing diverse partnerships with local service provider organizations to create their Aging and Disability Resource Center. Click here to read more.

2010 Census. Get Counted!

The Federal Government will be conducting a nationwide census that will affect all residents living in the United States. It's important to get counted! The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like schools, highways, senior centers, hospitals and emergency services.


In March, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.   If you don't mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form.  Federal law protects your identity and the information you give. Click here to learn more.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program -- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (WAP-ARRA) -- helps low income individuals and families reduce energy consumption and utility costs through free energy saving devices, including solar water heater systems, and energy conservation education.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through August 2010.


Contact the Honolulu Community Action Program for eligibility and application information.

Palolo Chinese Home - Persons in Need Grant

Subsidizes overnight respite in their Care Home and Home Delivered Meals in the Palolo/Kaimuki area.  Click here for more information.

Mayor's 44th Annual Senior Recognition Program

For the 44th consecutive year, the Mayor and the Honolulu Committee on Aging will be honoring outstanding senior volunteers. The event will be held Thursday, April 08, 2010 at the Hawaii Convention Center from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Admission is FREE and the public is invited to share in this celebration.

2010 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Voucher booklets worth $50.00 available to seniors 60 years of age or older with a household annual income of less than $23,051 for single person or $31,006 for a couple.  Vouchers are redeemable for locally-grown fruits and vegetables at any City & County People’s Open Market vendors certified for this program (from June – October 31, 2010).  For more information click here.  

What Now? Educational Series

Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder is perhaps one of the biggest commitments a person can face. “What Now?” is designed for non-professional family caregivers to provide information and allow for guided group discussion and sharing in a one hour period. The series will be scheduled throughout the year so caregivers can elect to select the training that is most needed at the time and pick up the other classes later in the year, or take the complete eight (8) week course.  Click here for flyer.  Click here for the February and March schedule in 2011.

City & County of Honolulu Furlough Schedule

As part of the City & County of Honolulu, the Elderly Affairs Division will observe the following furlough schedule.

Fiscal Year 2010-11 scheduled furlough days:

·       July 2 and 23
·       August 6 and 27
·       September 3 and 24
·       October 8 and 29
·       November 12 and 26
·       December 10 and 17
·       January 14 and 28
·       February 11 and 25
·       March 4 and 18
·       April 15 and 29
·       May 13 and 20
·       June 3 and 24

Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups

Support groups held at various locations on Oahu for family caregivers.  For flyer click here

In collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center sponsors a support group for persons with early stage Alzheimer's and memory loss.  Click here for flyer.

Family Caregivers Month

On November 17, 2010, surrounded by representatives of Oahu's Aging Network, Mayor Peter Carlisle signed a proclamation recognizing November as Family Caregivers Month.

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