In Sherry Turkle’s book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk In A Digital Age, she writes about the process of the virtuous circle of communication by discussing the poet, Henry David Thoreau’s moving to Waldon Pond to live more deliberately. Thoreau furnished his cabin with three chairs. One chair to represent solitude, where he could self-reflect on matters most important for him. Two chairs to engage in conversation where he could express his thoughts to another.
The first step in the estate planning process is learning. What do you need to learn? I suggest this as your starting point: You need to discover how to stay in control of your stuff while you are able to be in control, as well as how to be sure that that your wishes will be carried out when incapacity or the grim reaper catch up with you. Sorry to rub it in, but at least one of those things is going to happen to you. Odds are that both of them will.
To qualify for Social Security benefits, you must earn a certain number of credits. The number of credits you need depends on your age when you apply and the type of benefit. No one needs more than 40 credits for any Social Security benefit.
Have you heard of POLST? It stands for Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. The document is printed on bright green paper so that it is easily seen, and often is found on the refrigerator, near a medicine cabinet or on a bedside table. The form can be quickly understood by all healthcare professionals, including first responders and ambulance personnel.
Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels (HMoW) is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of the kūpuna on O‘ahu. We have developed a program to provide medically tailored meals to kūpuna who have multiple chronic health conditions, limited caregiver support and who require assistance with government benefit enrollment.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, more than 10,000 people are turning 65 every day and may qualify for Original Medicare insurance. Once an individual obtains the core parts of Medicare, other options may lower out-of-pocket costs. Some beneficiaries choose to get their coverage from Part C Medicare Advantage plans.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) under the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services provides services to Hawai‘i community members who experience barriers to employment due to a physical or cognitive disability. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to assist job seekers with disabilities as they prepare, secure and retain competitive employment in an integrated work setting.
As we age, we must take steps to prepare for our later years — and to avoid conflicts with family. One of these steps is creating a healthcare directive specifying the kind of care we want. Next steps will include identifying who should make healthcare and financial decisions if we can’t do so ourselves.
I find volunteering the most humbling and rewarding when it connects the young and the old.
Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 and is an important season for all beneficiaries. It’s when the details are released about Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans for the coming year.
Telemedicine is proving to be a groundbreaking approach to healthcare delivery, providing numerous benefits for patients and their families. By leveraging technology to bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers, it offers enhanced accessibility, same-day appointments and valuable support for geriatric patients and their caregivers.
As we age, our bodies can start to lose bone due to lifestyle choices, genetics and preexisting conditions. Your teeth are rooted within some of the most important bones used every day — the alveolar bones of your jaw. If there are signs of bone density loss through symptoms such as tooth loss, gum disease, bone loss in the jaw or loose dentures, your dentist may suggest you see your doctor.
The thought of exercise may feel overwhelming to some. But exercise can be about making small changes in your physical activity. Think of exercise as moving. Being more active can help you get stronger mentally and physically, improve your balance, boost your energy and lower your risk of several health issues. The key is to be consistent and make it part of your lifestyle.
Hawai‘i’s 154,000 family caregivers help their parents, spouses and other loved ones to live at home — where they would wish to be. They help with medications, medical care, meals, bathing, dressing and much more. Many do it while working full – or part-time. Some are sandwich-generation caregivers, taking care of older loved ones while raising children.
The effects of isolation on the health and well-being of adults, especially the elderly, are becoming a significant concern. Lack of social contact, or chronic loneliness, can result in a multitude of health issues.
Kūpuna living with dementia often find cooking to be a familiar and engaging activity. Cooking offers many therapeutic benefits and can stimulate the senses, triggering happy memories. It is an activity caregivers should consider adding to their everyday caregiving toolkit.
While there are many forms of travel, it is nice to have a group to go with and just plain wonderful to have someone else handle all the planning and preparation. So here are 8 travel companies that either specialize in planning trips exclusively for travelers over 50 or offer trips that will accommodate their needs.
Preplanning for your cemetery, funeral and cremation arrangements is a gift of love that provides a clear road map for families to follow at a time when they want to focus on celebrating your life. By making prearrangements, you offer peace of mind and clear direction to your loved ones and ease the burden of making decisions while they are grieving.
In the 1960s, many Americans tuned into the game show, “Password,” where contestants were paired with celebrities to guess words from verbal clues. While that word, password, might have once brought to mind giddy TV contestants, we’re much more likely to think about passwords nowadays in the context of online security.
You think you are young at 40 years old, right? But what if your intended life-long job was terminated and you’re not ready to retire? What do you do when a door closes on you like that?
The seventh annual HPGS Fundraiser will honor an individual who has, for much of his adult life, done a lot for Hawai’i’s kūpuna. This annual celebration will raise funds for student scholarships in 2024. The Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society (HPGS) raises funds and awards undergraduate and graduate scholarships to college students interested in careers related to aging, long-term care or death and dying.
It’s been nearly four months now since my good friend Brian Suda passed away in May. It’s easy to feel his presence — we were workmates for about 13 years. But his work is ever-present whenever I’m working on this magazine. This is where we met. It started back in 2010.
It’s no secret. Long-term friendships provide more than just social connections. Meaningful relationships can boost mental and physical health and even increase life span. One organization in Hawai‘i, Beta Beta Gamma sorority, has been providing these meaningful life-long connections to women for 75 years.
The September-October 2023 issue of GENERATIONS MAGAZINE features a cover story about how long-term friendships can really make a difference in your life – and the lives of others. Youʻll learn how seeing your dentist might show signs of osteoporosis. Scott Makuakane gives some sage advice on making estate decisions. And Generations Magazine’s Wilson Angel reflects on the late Brian Suda, GMʻs photographer extraordinaire.
The November-December 2023 issue of GENERATIONS MAGAZINE features a cover story about two of the most well-known and most-loved coaches in Hawaii sports history – Dave Shoji and Vince Goo. Find out what they’re up to today! You’ll also get some important Medicare information – especially important during this open enrollment period. We’ll show you some self-care holiday gifts and tell you about Project Dana – who they are, how they got started and how they help our kūpuna.