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HSTA-R Hawai’i Island meets with AARP rep, Steve Godzsek

July 18, 2011

HSTA-R meets with Steve Godzsak (middle)Joe Tanaka, Arleen Yoshimura, Gayle Ito, Niyati Brown, Steve Ono and Wayne "Big Dog" Joseph meet with AARP Big Island Team Leader (Local Chapter 665) Steve Godzsek to discuss issues concerning our aging population."Hawaii has the fastest growing aging population in the nation," Godzsek said. "And the state has no plan to deal with our aging population."Godzsek is a 'volunteer' representing AARP which is a non political, non profit organization.In recent months Godzsek has lobbied the legislature to fund Kapuna Care."The money is there to fund Kapuna Care, but at this point the Governor has yet to release the funds," Godzsek said.Locally, AARP has a number of events they sponsor annually including providing free Tax Aid Services for those 60 and over, low income, island wide."We also offer a Driver Safety Program, Car Fit Program, and will have workshops on Long Term Care Issues, among other things," Godzsek said.Steve Godzsak

 AARP will host a Care Giver Confrence in Hilo on September 24. 
“We will hold the event at Sangha Hall and the cost is $10 which includes lunch,” he said.
According to Godzsek this is the first Care Giver Confrence in Hilo in over 5 years and will cover a wide variety of topics including dealing with falls, care giving, grief, secrets of staying sharpe and much more.
Godzsek says that the newspaper report on AARP giving into Social Security and Medicare consessions are completely false.
Steve was asked by HSTA-R Hawaii District president, “Big Dog” to be one of the speakers at the ILWU Hall on Monday, July 25, when retirees representing all the public sector unions and some private sector unions will be on hand to discuss retirement issues.
As an HSTA-R member you may also come to listen to the discussion which takes place at 8 am.  You may contact me for more information at
Editors Note:   Steve Godzsek sent me the following email retracting some of the statements that was said during the meeting:   I must have been unclear about funding Kupuna care….it was funded shortly after Neil took office.  So I deleted that statement that it was unfunded.  Also, I should have asked what was said regarding AARP and the WSJ article.  I read the article carefully and could not
find any words that would indicate any concessions were being made – or even thought about.  I wonder how they got their information….  Regardless, I am asking the state AARP
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