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KUPUNA CARE: Home Delivery, Education and Wellness Series

August 31, 2020

From the Office for Social Ministry

With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise across the state, we urge everyone to practice safety guidelines, especially those on Oahu, where positive cases are among the highest. Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s STAY-AT-HOME and WORK-FROM-HOME order issued on August 27 will remain in effect at least through September 9. The islands of Maui and Hawaii are also experiencing more community spread so it is even more important for kupuna and persons with compromised health to remain sheltered in place until the virus curve flattens. Mahalo to the many volunteers and community partners dedicated to providing resources to support our vulnerable elders!

Our Kupuna is a community initiative project supported by the Hawaii VA Foundation to care for Hawaii’s vulnerable elderly during these difficult times. The non-profit connects with sponsors who are willing to get groceries, medication and necessary supplies to our kupuna so they may stay safe at home until the virus outbreak passes.  To request assistance, call (808) 400-4506 or apply online.

Hawaii Pacific Health is presenting a free educational webinar for caregivers of aging family members on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 12 Noon till 12:45 PM.  Topics will include insights and best practices for:

  • Addressing care in varying household structures
  • Maintaining physical and mental health
  • How families can support their kupuna

For more information, visit their website or register here online.

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii is offering a new WELLNESS SERIES by the Still and Moving Center.  The six-week online session begins Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:00-5:30 PM.  The cost is $9 per class.  All are required to attend an informational session before the start of the series. It will feature an introduction to Nia: A body-mind-spirit fitness practice accompanied by soul stirring music! Please see links below to sign up.

Let’s all work together to stay safe, stay home, and SAVE LIVES! For more information on COVID-19 resources, or for ways to care for our kupuna, visit the OSM website.