AARP National President Addresses Hawai‘i Caregiver Conference

Kevin Y. Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Gray skies and rainy conditions did not stop the hundreds of people seeking enlightenment from packing the Manoa Grand Ballroom of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on March 24 for AARP’s Caregiver Conference, themed, “Caring for Family, Caring for Yourself.”

The event featured a resource fair in the foyer outside the ballroom. Inside, speakers shared information and insight on a variety of topics. They included Dorothy Colby talks on “Positive Approach to Dementia Care,” Cat Sawai sharing “Body and Brain Activities” and geriatric physician Shari Kogan discussing “The Case for Caring for Yourself: Understanding the Medical Consequences of Caregiver Stress.”

Hawai‘i Sen. Jill Tokuda was presented AARP’s 2017 Capitol Caregiver Award for her work on issues affecting the well-being of older adults in Hawai‘i. “We’re going to keep working together, moving forward into the future,” Tokuda told the audience as she accepted the award. “We’re going to work even harder to make sure that you get the support you need to be able take care of our loved ones.”

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