Where has the year gone? As we near the holiday season I am reminded of how important our families are to all of us. And there is no bigger issue that most of us will all face other than caregiving for our parents.
As November is National Caregiver’s Awareness Month, this issue of the magazine is dedicated to all the caregivers in Hawai‘i who take care of their loved ones. There are more than 249,000 people in the Islands who provide over $162 million in unpaid caregiver support, according to a AARP report.
A big mahalo to TV personality Emme Tomimbang and her husband Jim Burns, retired chief judge of the State Intermediate Court Of Appeals, for sharing their personal caregiving story with Generations Magazine. Our cover story, When Caregiving Comes Full Circle, exemplifies the struggles — and rewards — of caring for family and friends.
Speaking of family, we welcome Generations Magazine’s new business partners — Ventus Design, Alternate Energy, California Hotel and HiHealthCare. All of our business partners are “vetted” in that they are senior-friendly businesses, love working with our older population and understand the importance of trust and respecting each other. We cannot bring you Generations Magazine without their support, so if you’re looking for senior services, please consider our business partners.
Recently at the Hawai‘i Senior Fair at the Neal Blaisdell Center, the magazine offered a chance to win a 5-night, 6-day Las Vegas vacation with submission of a survey. Congratulations to our Senior Fair survey winner Myrna Arakaki, 70, of Kaneohe. She told us that she and her husband are excited and thankful. (We will publish the results of the survey in the upcoming December/January issue.)
In our goal to continue to provide more resources for our readers, one of our columnists Frank B. Shaner and I are kicking off a new radio program called the “Baby Boomer Show.” For more information of when to tune in and give us a call, turn to page 9.
Lastly, check out our Generations Magazine website at www.Generations808.com. It is easier than ever to navigate. Because many attendees of the 7th Annual Elderhood “Aging in Place” workshops didn’t get to see all of the presenters, we uploaded videos of the presentations online. Thanks again to all of our presenters!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Percy Ihara, Editor/Publisher