Aging Well: "Doc" Burrows dedicates life to caring for land
Aging Well: "Doc" Burrows dedicates life to caring for land

A Kaneohe man doesn't let age get in the way of his volunteer work. Doctor Charles Burrows was well into his 80s when he started an event to help the homeless. But that's just one of his many accomplishments that benefit the community. Every month, dozens of homeless folks on the Windward side come to the Y for a hot meal and some help. They have this man to thank: Doctor Charles Burrows, or Doc, as his friends call him.  "This is part of the IHS [Institute for H...

Aging Well: Recovery from sepsis includes physical therapy
Aging Well: Recovery from sepsis includes physical therapy

Sepsis is a damaging health problem caused when your body fights an infection but something goes wrong. Doctors say the elderly at more at risk for sepsis. Those who survive septic shock may have a long road to recovery, which includes physical therapy. 56-year-old Taumaoe Kapesi works hard in physical therapy for a leg infection that developed into sepsis. He scraped his leg at home, and days later, he describes, "I didn't know my leg was messed up. I did everything f...

Aging Well: First-of-its-kind in Hawaii diabetes program accepts new patients
Aging Well: First-of-its-kind in Hawaii diabetes program accepts new patients

Diabetes is one of the leading healthcare issues in Hawaii. The older we get, the more likely we are to develop it. The American Diabetes Association says in Hawaii, more than 13 percent of adults have diabetes, and another 442,000 have prediabetes.  To combat this health problem, ‘Ekahi Health System in April launched ‘Ekahi WellCare, a diabetes care management program that it says strives to "empower people with the resources they need to bette...

Aging Well: mobile gym helps seniors stay fit
Aging Well: mobile gym helps seniors stay fit

Exercise does a body good. But if you don't drive or have a hard time walking, getting to a gym might be difficult.

Free senior fair teaches about Medicare options
Free senior fair teaches about Medicare options

Oahu residents who are on Medicare can benefit from a senior fair with exclusive workshops featuring Medicare experts. Brokers, representatives of insurance companies, and healthcare professionals will discuss Medicare options and important healthcare decisions at “Medicare Shop and Compare” events. Medicare annual open enrollment period begins on October 15 and ends December 7, 2018. This is the one time each year Medicare beneficiaries can explore and select a new ...

Aging Well: normal forgetfulness vs. dementia
Aging Well: normal forgetfulness vs. dementia

Everyone forgets things from time to time- the house keys, an acquaintance's name. But when it is a normal sign of aging and when is it a more serious problem like Alzheimer's?  Sometimes, Makiki resident Tom Yoshida forgets where he puts things. "Keys, glasses, false teeth. You don't leave it where you need to on the washbasin, and you find it on your dresser," he says. It happened enough that he finally asked his doctor about it. "In talking with the doctor I s...

Aging Well: Centenarian says hobbies keep him healthy
Aging Well: Centenarian says hobbies keep him healthy

A 100-year-old old Mililani man is jumping into his second century of life with as much gusto as his first century. Retired Army paratrooper Paul Olivas looks and acts like a much younger man, and he shares his secret for aging well. When Paul Olivas turned 100 on August 22, he jumped out of a perfectly good plane. A leap of faith - that life will continue to bring joy. "[Friends] said, 'What you doing next year?' I said, 'God willing, I make another jump.'" The forme...

Aging Well: first year critical in stroke recovery
Aging Well: first year critical in stroke recovery

Doctors say strokes are one of the biggest causes of death and disability for seniors. The recovery varies, depending on how severe the stroke is.  56-year-old Taumaoe Kapesi works hard to reclaim his life. He remembers little about the day his life changed: driving home with a friend, blacking out, and waking up in the ER. "My friend and me going home," he recalls. "All of a sudden I was gone so he took me to the ambulance." Kapesi had a stroke- that's when ...

Aging Well: UH researchers study anti-inflammation compounds to fight aging
Aging Well: UH researchers study anti-inflammation compounds to fight aging

There's no such thing as a magic pill that cures all, but there is something doctors think comes kind of close.

Seniors invited to free Royal Hawaiian Band concert at Manoa Valley Church
Seniors invited to free Royal Hawaiian Band concert at Manoa Valley Church

Strike up the band! The Manoa Valley Church will host the Royal Hawaiian Band in a special concert on Friday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  The free concert is open to the public and will feature music especially for seniors. While Hawaiian music is the heart and soul of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Band also performs American tunes and songs from around the world.  The Royal Hawaiian Band is the only band in the United States with a royal legacy.  Once k...

Aging Well: Dancing to stay young
Aging Well: Dancing to stay young

Dancing their way through life. A San Francisco group called the Grant Avenue Follies got its start in 2003 when four retired professional dancers formed it for fun and friendship. Now they perform monthly, with regular gigs in Hawaii, and they say this new hobby keeps them aging well. These former showgirls still have a lot of show in them. Cynthia Yee is the founder of Grant Avenue Follies, comprised of about a dozen ladies. "Our youngest is 70. Our oldest is 83," she des...

Free interactive webinar offers fraud prevention tips for seniors
Free interactive webinar offers fraud prevention tips for seniors

Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union-Waipahu Community Office offers a free online webinar, “Fraud Prevention Tips for Seniors”, on Wednesday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to noon.  MVFCU’s Member Education Officer Kathy Morris will host the live interactive webinar and present the top ten scams that target seniors and how seniors may protect their identify from fraud and theft.   Morris recommends family members and friends watch the w...

Aging Well: Kaneohe woman says balanced, open, easygoing life is key to her ninth decade
Aging Well: Kaneohe woman says balanced, open, easygoing life is key to her ninth decade

A Kaneohe woman who turns 93 on July 29 says her secret to aging well is balancing exercise, diet, and faith. Rita Figueira has an open attitude towards life that's brought her around the world and exposed her to many new hobbies and experiences. Figueira enjoys her daily soda as part of her routine that includes a fun list of indulgences: "Ice cream, candy, and soda. Pepsi Cola!" To balance that, she also has healthier habits. "Monday, Wednesday, and Friday...

Aging Well: Protecting seniors from identity theft
Aging Well: Protecting seniors from identity theft

Are the seniors in your life as protected as they can be from threats of identity theft? Credit experts often recommend a credit freeze, also called a security freeze, as a way to protect personal information from credit fraud and identity theft.  If someone steals your identity, they could spend money under your name - before you even realize what's been done. Experts say thieves like to target the older population. Stephen Levins, executive director of the The Offic...

Aging Well: Scammers can take more than money; stay safe with these tips
Aging Well: Scammers can take more than money; stay safe with these tips

Experts say seniors are the most targeted population when it comes to fraud. And while scammers are looking to take your money, they can sometimes ruin your life in more deadly ways. A Maui man picked up a scam call and his family says it nearly killed him. One phone call changed Reuben Ventura's life. The Kihei resident was a healthy 68-year-old recent retiree enjoying life, until he took a phone call on May 17 from someone claiming to be from the IRS. Ventura's niece Azen...

Aging Well: Managing medications
Aging Well: Managing medications

As people age, it's not uncommon to need to take more and more medications to stay healthy.

Aging Well: Former Gov. Abercrombie's "inner life" keeps him young
Aging Well: Former Gov. Abercrombie's "inner life" keeps him young

Former Governor Neil Abercrombie turned 80 on June 26, 2018. The Democrat left politics when he gave up the governor's seat in 2014. After living so many years in the public eye, Gov. Abercrombie developed an essential technique for Aging Well. After leaving the Governor's office in 2014 he opened Pacific Strategies consulting firm. In his spare time, he lifts weights at the YMCA. Even though he stays mentally and physically active, he says the biggest reason he is aging ...

Aging Well: Kupuna Caregivers Program may cut back funding for fiscal year 2018
Aging Well: Kupuna Caregivers Program may cut back funding for fiscal year 2018

A state program meant to give full time caregivers some financial help may be suffering some setbacks. The Kupuna Caregivers Program initially paid up to $70 a day for five days a week for some services. Now, it may be cutting that back to just one day a week.  Waipio Gentry resident Dwight Inokuma takes care of his mother Jane, who has dementia. Five days a week, he brings her to and from Hale Hauoli Hawaii adult day care. "I love my mom very much. That's why I k...

Aging Well: Former Army Sgt. says lessons from military guide his life
Aging Well: Former Army Sgt. says lessons from military guide his life

A man who stared death in the face more than once says it gave him a new lease on life. 92-year-old Domingo Los Banos carries his experiences from World War II though today. He says it's a big part of why he's Aging Well.    In 1945, 19-year-old US Army Sgt. Domingo Los Banos was fighting in World War II. "I was a scout and I was in the Philippines, a member of the First Filipino Infantry Regiment," he says.   Los Banos says he was nearly killed...

Aging Well: Life starts at 85 for Kapolei woman
Aging Well: Life starts at 85 for Kapolei woman

A Kapolei woman who just turned 87 says the real secret to a long and happy life is that life starts at 85! Retired schoolteacher Helen Yano enjoyed a 62 year marriage that produced two kids, five grandkids, and seven greatgrandchildren. And now, she's enjoying the next chapter of her life.  The ladies are having a painting party. It's just one of the many activities 87-year-old Helen Yano does at the senior living community she's called home for the last two years. Sh...

Aging Well: Public invited to dementia care seminar
Aging Well: Public invited to dementia care seminar

Hawaii has 25,000 people over age 65 diagnosed with dementia, according to 2014 figures from the Alzheimer’s Association. It is anticipated that this number will grow to 35,000 by 2025, an increase of 40 percent. That increases the chances you, or someone you know, will face the challenging and complex task of caring for a loved one with dementia.   On Sunday, June 10th, Caring Manoa, a 16-bed, private Type II Adult Residential Care Home with Expanded Care, is ho...

Aging Well: Savings program can help prepare for retirement
Aging Well: Savings program can help prepare for retirement

Think about your retirement years. What do you want to do?  Travel? Fishing? Golf? Your future plans depend on the choices you make now, while you're working. In this Aging Well, we look at ways to put more green in your golden years. Ninteen-year-old Lexus Sagisi works at Burgers and Things in Pauoa. While she brings home the bacon, she also tries to include a side of savings. Sagisi says, "I've tried really hard to discipline myself with saving money. As a tee...

Aging Well: Jujitsu sensei says lifelong learning through martial arts is key
Aging Well: Jujitsu sensei says lifelong learning through martial arts is key

A 67 year old Nuuanu man is a corporate computer technician by day, and a martial arts professor by night. He's spent more time doing this one hobby, than he has with anything or anyone else in his life. He says it's a big reason why he's Aging Well. In the Hawaii Zenyo Jujitsu Kai jujitsu school, 67-year-old Steve McLaughlin heads up a group of students- most, in their 20s and 30s. Professor, or Prof as he's called, has been doing this for over four decades. But don'...

Aging Well: travel needs change as we age
Aging Well: travel needs change as we age

Retirement is an ideal time to get out and see the world, visiting places you've always dreamed of seeing. 

Aging Well: Public invited to dementia care seminar
Aging Well: Public invited to dementia care seminar

Hawaii has 25,000 people over age 65 diagnosed with dementia, according to 2014 figures from the Alzheimer’s Association. It is anticipated that this number will grow to 35,000 by 2025, an increase of 40 percent. That increases the chances you, or someone you know, will face the challenging and complex task of caring for a loved one with dementia.   On Sunday, June 10th, Caring Manoa, a 16-bed, private Type II Adult Residential Care Home with Expanded Care, is ho...

Aging Well: Savings program can help prepare for retirement
Aging Well: Savings program can help prepare for retirement

Think about your retirement years. What do you want to do?  Travel? Fishing? Golf? Your future plans depend on the choices you make now, while you're working. In this Aging Well, we look at ways to put more green in your golden years. Ninteen-year-old Lexus Sagisi works at Burgers and Things in Pauoa. While she brings home the bacon, she also tries to include a side of savings. Sagisi says, "I've tried really hard to discipline myself with saving money. As a tee...

Aging Well: Jujitsu sensei says lifelong learning through martial arts is key
Aging Well: Jujitsu sensei says lifelong learning through martial arts is key

A 67 year old Nuuanu man is a corporate computer technician by day, and a martial arts professor by night. He's spent more time doing this one hobby, than he has with anything or anyone else in his life. He says it's a big reason why he's Aging Well. In the Hawaii Zenyo Jujitsu Kai jujitsu school, 67-year-old Steve McLaughlin heads up a group of students- most, in their 20s and 30s. Professor, or Prof as he's called, has been doing this for over four decades. But don'...

Aging Well: travel needs change as we age
Aging Well: travel needs change as we age

Retirement is an ideal time to get out and see the world, visiting places you've always dreamed of seeing.