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I hope you are all enjoying summer.  There are lots of events coming up, especially those aimed at helping family caregivers.  We know that having conversations with loved ones about wishes for care can help to avoid crisis and reduce stress. If you know a caregiver who is caring for someone with a serious illness, think about reaching out to them to make sure they have thought about advance care planning, hopefully completing an advance directive and POLST (if appropriate.)  More details and information to help people understand the choices they may need to make are on our website. 
Wed. 8/7 Resource Fair

Are You Helping Older Family Members or Friends?

Attend the FREE Caregiver Resource Fair
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lobby of 1132 Bishop Street

One of the biggest challenges in caring for older adults is knowing where to turn for help. Speak with key non-profit organizations providing information and services to help caregivers and elders.

AARP Hawaii
Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter
Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii
Caregiver Foundation of Hawaii
Catholic Charities Hawaii
Elderly Affairs Division of the City and County of Honolulu
Eldercare Counseling and Education
Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition
Kōkua Mau, Hawaii Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Kupuna Education Center
Project Dana Lanakila Pacific
SMP Hawaii (Medicare Fraud Education)
Sage PLUS (Medicare Counseling)
Waikiki Friendly Neighbors

Questions? Call 545-6003

Tue 8/27 POLST Webinar

The Role of POLST in the Care of People with Dementia

Tuesday August 27th, 2013
9 am to 10 am HST
Noon to 1:00pm (PT)

Sponsored by: The National POLST Paradigm Task Force. Funded by: The Retirement Research Foundation.

Presented by: Ken Brummel-Smith, MD
Most POLST forms are completed for patients who have dementia after they have lost the capacity to make decisions for themselves. Typically the conversation about patient wishes takes place with the patient's surrogate (or proxy) decision-maker. The critical issue in this discussion is to discern, as clearly as possible, what the patient's wishes would have been if he or she could be involved in the discussion. Part of this presentation will address methods of doing that. More on our website.

Registration is required for this webinar and space is limited!
Thur 9/12 Workshop

"No One Has to Die Alone: How to Change the End of Life form Fearful to Hopeful"

Thur. Sept. 12
5:00 - 6:30 PM
15 Craigside Place, Solarium
Honolulu HI 96817

Kōkua Mau's own Lani Leary, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and author will identify ways that we can make a difference in the end of life care of a loved one. Checkout her TEDx Honolulu presentation online.

The session is limited to 80 attendees. Please RSVP to Felicia Marquez Wong by Sept. 5.

9/24 2013 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

Save the date: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 for the 2013 Conference on Long-Term Care "Powerful Practical Partnerships". More on our website.

Hale Koa Hotel
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Sponsored by: The Department of Geriatric Medicine; JABSOM-UH; Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center; The John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence; The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Training Grant; and the Hawaii Medical Directors Association.


Palliative Medicine Partners
We wanted to let you know about a new program of Kaua`i Hospice, Inc:

Palliative Medicine Partners
Complex Illness Coordination
4457 Pahe'e Street
Lihu'e, HI

To learn more or to schedule an appointment please call 808-346-0455 or 808-645-0015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CPR and Tube Feeding

In 2012 the California Coalition of Compassionate Care generously granted Kōkua Mau permission to adapt their original materials to our needs in Hawaii.  Our current brochures about Tubefeeding and CPR have been posted on our website and are distributed widely in Hawaii.

In addition the California CCC translated their materials in six languages other then English. These translations are based on the original brochures (not the wording of ours in Hawaii), but we think they might be useful if you work with people who's first language is not English.  Have a look at their website (scroll to the bottom of the page) and let us know what you think.
In this Issue:
From Previous Newsletters
8/9 Aging in Place workshop
Fri. 8/9 Bioethics Conference
Save-the-date Nov 11:
Fri. 8/16 A Remembering Walk
From Previous Newsletters

Fri. Aug 9, 7th annual "Aging in Place" workshop 

Generations Magazine and KHON2 Elderhood project will be holding their 7th annual "Aging in Place" workshop. Kōkua Mau will have an information table. The agenda can be found in the pdf version of their June/July Newsletter (page 11) or on our website.


August 9th

8:30 am to 3 PM

Ala Moana Hotel


Governor Abercrombie will give a Keynote Address at 11:30am and a proclamation of Aging in Place Day.


8/9 2013 Bioethics Conference

The 2013 International Bioethics Conference entitled, "Caring for Our Kupuna (elders):  Balancing Human Dignity and Economics" will be held:

Friday, August 9, 2013 at the
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. 
For information contact Katherine Korenaga, Ethics & Education Coordinator, St. Francis Healthcare System or call (808) 547-8126.

Save-the-date Nov 11: QMC Conference on Pain & Palliative Care

The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care
November 11, 2013
Koolau Conference Center

This is Hawaii's premiere pain and palliative care conference.  For more information see our website or contact: The Queen's Office of CME at (808) 691-7009 or cme@queens.org


8/16 A Remembering Walk

A Remembering Walk
9:30 - 11:30 am
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe - more -
Sponsored by St. Francis Bereavement Services.  Please RSVP to Luisa Wyant or call 808-547-8147.

Congratulations to All of Us!!  We have won the National Trailblazer Award!!

Kōkua Mau has been honored with the 2013 Trailblazer Award by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

The national trailblazer award recognizes us for "for developing innovative methods to improve patient access to quality and compassionate care".

"One of the things that we were impressed with was Kōkua Mau, Hawaii's Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's commitment to working collaboratively across the healthcare continuum in the creation of this program that can be used as a model in other states," said Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.

We have created a press release which you can use for your internal communications or to reach out to other media sources you work with.  Please contact Jeannette for a copy.  We posted the entire press release on our website.   


See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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