Friday, September 12, 2014

September 22 Program: Preventing hospitalizations and improving health outcomes in high-risk patients


Monday, September 22, 2014

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 (optional): Various  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation


11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President


12:00 Program: “Preventing hospitalizations and improving     health outcomes in high-risk patients”, Dayna Minatodani, PhD, RN, Associate Program Director of Project H.O.P.E. (Home Outreach Program & e-Health).

Dayna Minatodani is a medical sociologist with subspecialties in aging and mental illness and am particularly interested in social inequality.

She is also a registered nurse with 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of health care settings in Honolulu, North Carolina and Virginia with the majority of those years devoted to caring for the older adult population with chronic illness.

Currently am Associate Program Director for the H.O.P.E. Program (Home Outreach and e-Health). H.O.P.E. is a home telehealth monitoring program with RN oversight and aims to prevent hospitalizations, improve healthcare outcomes and reduce healthcare spending in high-risk patient populations. 

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

August 25 Meeting: Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count

Notes from August meeting: Current Trends in Elder Abuse

Scott Spallina

Scott Spallina, the Supervisor of the Elder Abuse Justice Unit at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu named financial abuse of the elderly as the most common complaint. The elderly are easy targets because they are lonely and trusting.

Unfortunately, the perpetrator is usually a family member or a hired caretaker. They may cash checks made out to the elder by forging their signature, improper use of the power of attorney or using deceit to obtain assets.

This abuse often goes unreported because the victim doesn’t want to the family member to get in trouble, or the victim is too embarrassed.  Another scam targeting elders are letters claiming they have won a lottery.

These  letters are now well written and look legitimate.  Some include pre-printed checks that will initially fool even a bank teller. 

Other letters include a credit card that the victim is told the lottery winnings are on it and it just need to be activated.

In short, if you have been scammed do not feel embarrassed.  Report the crime.  All reports are confidential. Tel. 768-7536, or


ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES, 832-5115, suspected adult abuse/neglect.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, 536-6956, Monitors/provides info on businesses/contractors.
Consumer Protection, 586-2630, Investigates, businesses accused of being unfair.

CONSUMER RESOURCE CENTER, 1-800-394-1902, Info on businesses, licenses & resources for consumer complaints.

ELDER LAW PROGRAM, 956-6544, Free legal advice for seniors.

ELDERLY AFFAIRS DIVISION, 768-7705, City & County services for seniors.

LANDLORD/ TENANT HOTLINE, 586-2634, Information on Landlord/Tenant code.

SENIOR HELPLINE, 768-7700, Consultation , outreach and referrals.