Akamai Elder series this June in North Hawai`i

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Date: Thursday, April 27, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Office of Aging’s community group, Hamakua Partners in Eldercare, are presenting the Akamai Elder series this June in Honoka`a.

The initial offering of this ongoing series consists of five consecutive weekly workshops that will help elders and their families plan for the future. Each section will be led by experts in their fields and will be held every Thursday in June at the North Hawai`i Education and Research Center (NHERC), located at the Old Honoka`a Hospital site.

In the first and last workshop in the series, Honoka`a attorney Barbara Franklin will cover Advanced Health Care Directives. The first section on June 1 will involve learning about directives and beginning a plan, while the second section on June 29 will provide help for individuals to write their directives. On June 8, Waimea attorneys Bill Hastings or Lisa Laun will share the nuts and bolts of estate planning, covering wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, the federal estate and gift tax, and the probate process and avoidance.

On June 15, Leilani Anzai from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawai`i will explore issues regarding the credit card industry—basic credit education, recent regulatory changes, pros and cons of bankruptcy and credit reports. After going over these basics, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q & A session to address their individual concerns.

The North Hawai`i Hospice offers a panel discussion on June 22 designed to inform and offer insight about end-of-life care and planning. Panel members will include individuals from the community who will share their stories regarding their own experience with Hospice, end-of-life-care and planning.

The OLLI program at NHERC is also offering the following courses this summer: basic genealogy; mindful meditation; dream interpretation and caregiver training. Individuals may register by calling the UH Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service at 974-7664.

For more information about the Akamai Elder series, please contact Bill Kunstman at (808) 756-2127 or wkunstma@hawaii.edu.

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