Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 28 program: “Challenges for the Elderly in Hard Times”


Monday, February 28, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.


11:30   Luncheon: Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert by Marilyn—$5.00 Donation

11:45   Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

12:00    Program: “Challenges for the Elderly in Hard Times.” Dr. Wes Lum, New Director of the Executive Office on Aging

Dr. Lum formerly headed the Caregiver Coalition among other responsibilities involving the elderly, and was an active Board Member of Kokua Council. He was recently appointed by Governor Neal Abercrombie to be the New Director of The Executive Office on Aging.

12:20      Questions and Answers

1:00    Adjourn

Thursday, February 10, 2011

January 24 Meeting: Joy Vadao, St. Francis Palliative Care

NOTES FROM JANUARY LUNCHEON: Joy Yadao, St. Francis Palliative Care

Palliative care at St. Francis differs from Hospice Care and is not just pain relief any more. It is for anyone with a serious illness who wants to make sure that whatever future the rest of their lives may hold, someone will be there to help them be comfortable and be at peace. Care can be provided at any stage of an illness and at the same time as curative treatment. A team consisting of a doctor, social worker, nurse and minister after referral from your family physician will consult with the patient and family wherever the patient is, including all health care settings.

The goals are to enhance the quality of life for the patient and family and help them understand and discuss life decisions. At present, there is no waiting list and St. Francis Healthcare System absorbs the cost. Call 547-8068 for more information.

The Kupuna Caucus has introduced the following bills to help support the cost.

SB941, HB512, Palliative Care, Requires policies of accident and health or sickness insurance to provide coverage for palliative care. Defines palliative care.