Aging Well: Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center offers host of activities
Aging Well: Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center offers host of activities

"We Play, We Learn, We Serve." That's the motto for The Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center in Kalihi, serving 1,600 seniors from Fort Shafter to Ward Avenue. Executive director Susie Chun-Oakland sums up, "Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center is the oldest and largest senior center in Hawaii." The state built the center in 1969. Since 1981, Catholic Charities has run it. Its members sing its praises. Douglas Maynes joined because his wife was a m...

Aging Well: Seniors should use apps
Aging Well: Seniors should use apps

If you think technology is for younger people, think again. More seniors are using smart phones, and the apps that work with them. From tracking down discounts, to managing medications- there are a growing range of apps for the over 55 crowd.  

Aging Well: 'Ekahi Health teaches lifestyle changes that can make a big difference
Aging Well: 'Ekahi Health teaches lifestyle changes that can make a big difference

One out of two people living in Hawaii either has diabetes or is at risk of developing it, according to experts. Ekahi Health, a hoslitic wellness center that helps people manage chronic diseases, says there's hope.  Food is a big part of our lives, so eating healthy is important for overall well-being. Kristen Salles' job is to teach people how to eat right. She is a registered dietitian at 'Ekahi Health, and her clients suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, hypert...

Aging Well: John A. Burns School of Medicine offers free healthy aging courses
Aging Well: John A. Burns School of Medicine offers free healthy aging courses

You can go to school to learn how to age well! The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine holds a Mini-Medical School twice a year. The spring session starts in a week.  This is what a med school class looks like- if you're in the healthy aging program. Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor Emeritus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, describes, "The Dr. Rosita Leong Mini Medical School is an opportunity for people to learn about issues they're going to ha...

Aging Well: Kapolei retirees say exercise has improved their lives
Aging Well: Kapolei retirees say exercise has improved their lives

Exercise does a body good. That's why doctors say everyone, especially older adults, should work out at least a few times a week, to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.  A Kapolei grandfather took that advice two years ago and says it's made all the difference in his life. Retiree Joe Page and his wife Gretchen view workout time as part of their overall health. Joe found the gym in 2016, after suffering from back problems. "I wanted to...

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 ...