Hawaiʻi Resources

AARP Hawaiʻi AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.
City & County of Honolulu, Elderly Affairs Division The Elderly Affairs Division (EAD), a division of the Department of Community Services of the city and county of Honolulu, is your local Area Agency on Aging. The EAD helps people find assistance for aging, disability and caregiving, such as with Nutrition, Housing, Transportation, and Financing.
Department of Health, Behavioral Health Service Administration (BHA) The Behavioral Health Services Administration oversees the following divisions: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Developmental Disabilities.
Executive Office on Aging The Executive Office on Aging (EOA) is the designated lead agency in the coordination of a statewide system of aging and caregiver support services in the State of Hawaiʻi, as authorized by federal and state laws.
Hana Hou Active Aging Resource Directory The Hana Hou Active Aging Resource Directory lists Hawai‘i opportunities for leisure, exercise, volunteer, and work opportunities for adults in their 3rd Age. The handbook targets the pre-retirees and boomers in search for their Second Act or their Encore Careers.
Hawaiʻi Aging and Disability Resource Center The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a one-stop source for long term care information and services for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers who need help in caring for a family member or loved ones.
Hawaiʻi Community Caregivers Network Hawaiʻi Community Caregivers Network promotes, enhances, and supports caregiving though education, net-working, planning, coordinating, and clearinghouse activities.
Hawaiʻi Healthy Aging Partnership The Hawaiʻi Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) was established in 2003 and is co-led by the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) and the Hawai‘i Department of Health Community Health Division. HAP is dedicated to offering evidence-based
health promotion and disease prevention programs – programs that have been tested and proven to work.
Hawaiʻi Pacific Gerontological Society Organized in 1979, the Hawaiʻi Pacific Gerontological Society (HPGS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Hawaiʻi's older adults. HPGS promotes the understanding of the aging process, supportive services, and legislation that help people age with dignity and grace.
Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi Since 1939, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) has been the leading voice of healthcare in Hawaii. HAH works with healthcare executives and 20,000 employees on vital industry issues such as advocacy (in DC and Hawaii), quality and reimbursement improvement, strategic education, emergency preparedness, public relations, shared savings and reducing costs.
Imi Hale Imi Hale is a program developed and managed by Native Hawaiians to increase cancer awareness and research capacity among Native Hawaiians.
Kokua Council Blogspot The Kokua Council is one of Hawaiʻi’s oldest advocacy groups. Kokua Council seeks to empower seniors and other concerned citizens to be effective advocates in shaping the future and well-being of our community, with particular attention to those needing help in advocating for themselves.
Kokua Mau Kokua Mau is Hawaiʻi’s hospice and palliative care organization that provides information and resources on hospice, palliative care, end-of-life care and advance care planning.
Kuakini Hawaiʻi Lifespan StudyThe Kuakini Hawaii Lifespan Study has been studying how healthy aging is manifested over the lifespan of the HHP cohort and focuses on identifying environmental factors (diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors) and genetic factors that have an effect on aging itself. The results may point to solutions to help prevent and treat a wide variety of age related diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, or dementia.
Kūpuna Collective The Kūpuna Collective brings together a collaborative network of partners who elevate critical issues, mobilize community assets, and drive innovative solutions that support and empower kūpuna.
2020 Information & Assistance Handbook The Department of Community Services, Elderly Affairs Division, has produced this resource directory to serve the community, service providers and our Kūpuna, with the goal of assisting our seniors with aging in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

National Resources

Administration for Community Living (ACL) Advancing independence, integration, and inclusion throughout life. The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ priorities are described.
Alcohol Help Alcohol Help is an informational resource geared towards reducing the harm caused by alcohol. We strive to provide high quality, well researched webpages surrounding the implications of alcohol use and how to seek treatment. While alcohol is a large part of social interactions for adults, the debilitating alcohol use disorder can often get written off as a moral flaw, and we want people to know there are paths forward to a healthy life.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities.
American Society on Aging Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Established in 1974, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is a membership organization of colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging. AGHE currently has more than 160 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research, and public service.
BrightFocus Foundation BrightFocus drives innovative research worldwide and promotes awareness of Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency for public heath, under the Department of Health and Human Services. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act. The NCEA is one of 27 Administration on Aging-funded Resource Centers. Research shows that as many as two million elders are abused in the United States. The Administration on Aging recognizes that as a government, as a society and as individuals, we must increase our efforts to ensure that all older adults age with dignity and honor.
National Council on Aging The National Council on Aging is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. NCOA partners with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Since 1974, the NIA — one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH — has been at the forefront of the Nation’s research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging.
National Institute on Aging: Alzheimerʻs Disease & Related Dementias Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. It is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is not a normal part of aging.
National Library of Medicine The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The worldʻs largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe.
Open Caregiving Open Caregiving educates caregivers on the benefits of hospice care and how to find the right provider.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

UH Resources

Geriatrics Program at the University of Hawaiʻi The ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi began in 1986 as a two-year program, and has grown to its current size of 11 fully funded fellowship positions.
Hā Kūpuna Hā Kūpuna, the National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, is one of three National Resource Centers for Native Elders funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services. Hā Kūpuna was established in September 2006 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Social Work.
Kūpuna Education Center In order to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population, the State of Hawai‘i Legislature instituted the Kupuna Education Center as part of an aging and long-term care initiative. The mission of the Kupuna Education Center is to develop and provide training and education for the older adult community population in active aging, provide family caregiver training, and coordinate this information with all of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.
University of Hawaiʻi Elder Law Program (UHELP) UHELP is an integral part of the WIlliam S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. They play a vital role in educating students and in serving the community. Their goal is to enhance, protect and preserve the autonomy and independence of older persons through education, training and direct legal services. UHELP places particular emphasis on assisting socially and economically needy older persons and their caregivers.

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