CARING FOR OUR KUPUNA
Requiring licensing of family boarding and private homes that provide healthcare to the elderly or disabled, and finding ways to encourage builders and developers to make homes safer and easily accessible to the elderly and disabled, are just some of the proposals being considered for introduction by the Kupuna Caucus. The Caucus meets regularly throughout the year to discuss issues facing kupuna and their families. The most recent gathering in early December was to prioritize legislation ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.
Another priority is to maintain current levels of funding for essential services. It is estimated that by 2020, 19 percent of Hawaii’s population will be age 65 and older and increase to 23 percent of the population by 2030. The State Legislature has demonstrated its support of Hawaii’s seniors over the years. Last year, the Legislature passed HB607 which created the Kupuna Caregivers Program to assist family members in obtaining care for their elders while remaining in the workforce. This program is the first of its kind in the nation.
The Kupuna Caucus is in its 12th year and is comprised of a bi-partisan group of House and Senate state legislators, a broad array of community organizations, government departments, businesses, and individuals concerned about the well-being of the elderly in our community.
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