The 8th Annual Aging in Place Workshop at the Ala Moana Hotel on August 23rd had attendees waiting to go into the exhibit area by 7:30 am. They could see 60 agencies and companies busily setting up their displays and were anxious to visit them. Workshop sessions were “standing room only” and organizers were very pleased with the response throughout the entire day.
“So many seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, and every day more services and great strategies become available to help them do just that,” said Michael Yee, an O’ahu financial planner and contributing author for Generations Magazine. Yee and 20 other experts presented ‘aging in place’ strategies, and made themselves available for questions at the workshop sessions.
More seniors need to hear this information. Even though an estimated 1200 seniors attended the Aging in Place workshops, more seniors need to come next year. Attorney Stephen Yim said in his workshop that only 30% of seniors have done adequate financial and health planning. Fall prevention expert David Nakamaejo of Comforting Hands Senior Care said that even though falling is a major cause for seniors to lose their independence — most falls are still preventable. Tell your friends and neighbors to attend next year.