10 things you need to know before voting in the midterm election. Find out more.
by David Dudley, AARP The Magazine, January/February 2009 issue
The trouble in the island paradise of Hawaii is a collision of demographics and geography. The state boasts laudably high longevity rates, but younger generations of Hawaiians have long been encouraged to further their education and careers on the U.S. mainland. The result? Elderly parents whose children live an ocean away, complicating the challenges of caregiving. Rose Nakamura, 80, saw this pattern often with members of her Buddhist temple in Oahu: not wanting to inconvenience other relatives, the elderly would often stop attending services when they could no longer drive. In 1989 she founded Project Dana, a modest program to connect older members of the community with volunteers who provide companionship, run errands, and generally embody the Buddhist principle after which the project is named. “Dana is about extending compassion and care, without any reward or recognition,” says Nakamura, who for 20 years has done just that. Today, Project Dana serves more than 1,000 kupuna, or elders. Says Nakamura: “Caregiving is everybody’s business.”
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Members save 20% on all personal checks, business checks and tax forms, and accessories.
Members get exclusive discounts and assistance from travel agents.
Members can apply for term coverage from AARP Life Insurance Program from New York Life.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at