AARP Hawai‘i launches free caregiver webinars

HONOLULU — AARP Hawai‘i is offering free weekly Caregiver Wednesday webinars to provide valuable information and resources for caregivers on Zoom and the AARP Hawai‘i Facebook page every Wednesday at 4 p.m., starting today.

The first Caregiver Wednesday session, “Finding the Balance,” features Linda Coble, Hawai‘i’s first female television news anchor and the widow of television news anchor Kirk Matthews.

Coble will share key lessons she learned from her caregiving journey after Matthews was diagnosed with cancer. Attendees will participate in a question-and-answer discussion facilitated by Michael Cheang, a family-resource-management professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

“Being a caregiver has never been easy, and the coronavirus pandemic means many caregivers are having to socially isolate to protect those they care for,” said Keali‘i Lopez, AARP Hawai‘i regional director.

“November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we’ve planned these webinars so that any caregiver and family member can participate, learn and interact with other caregivers,” Lopez said.

Go to AARP.org/HI or the AARP Hawai‘i Facebook page and click on Upcoming Events to register to get a Zoom link or watch the Wednesday 4 p.m. sessions on Facebook Live.

Besides the 4 p.m. webinars, neighbor island caregivers can learn about resources available in each county at webinars at 9 a.m. for Kaua‘i caregivers, 10:30 a.m. for Maui caregivers and 1:30 p.m. for Hawai‘i Island caregivers on Nov. 18.

Other Caregiver Wednesday 4 p.m. sessions include:

• Nov. 11: Medicare for Caregivers;

• Nov. 18: What Are We Going To Do About Mom? Family Dynamics in Decision Making;

• Nov. 25: Understanding Social Security;

• Dec. 2: Advance Care Planning;

• Dec. 9: Dementia Care During the Holidays;

• Dec. 12: Legal Issues in Caregiving.

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