150 kupuna hear about aging well at free symposium

LIHUE — Just because someone is aging, doesn’t mean they should slow down, said Joyce Anglemyer.

“I think some people do give up when they get older,” she said. “They expect people to take care of them, and that’s not always the case.”

Anglemyer was one of about 150 people who attended a “Live Well, Age Well,” free symposium Thursday hosted by the Agency on Elderly Affairs at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Representatives with groups including AARP Hawaii, United Healthcare, and the Alzheimer’s Association passed on information to kupunas about ways to better their lives.

“A lot of times, people don’t know what resources they have,” said El Doi, AEA program specialist.

The vision is for seniors to learn what the services are and to connect with the people in the agency, Doi said.

“We have a great staff who really care about their kupuna,” she said.

Of the services available Thursday, Joyce Hashimoto said she wanted to learn more about Legal Aid.

“I don’t have a will,” she said. “I don’t have information about trusts. And at my age, I need to be able to designate.”

Hashimoto’s tips to staying healthy are simple.

“Watch your diet and exercise,” she said.

Joyce Davis agreed.

“But for older people, it’s harder,” she said.

While Davis considers herself healthy, she wants to prepare for the years to come.

“I may not need it now, but I will in the future,” she said.

When it comes to the secret of aging, Anglemyer believes part of it is hereditary.

“A lot of it is in the genes,” she said. “My whole family has lived into their 80s.”

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