This is a complete list of where to find Hawaii senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
Over 1.4 million people live in Hawaii and senior citizens make up nearly one-fifth of the state’s population. Since 2010, the average growth rate for Hawaii’s 65 and older population has been 3.5% even as the state’s overall population began to decline. By 2030, it’s expected that people 60 and older will make up nearly 30% of Hawaii’s population. Between 2020 and 2030, it’s expected that there will be a 31.7% increase in the state’s population of people over the age of 85. Hawaii’s median age is still just 39, but that makes Hawaii older than the national average; the United States has a median age of 38.1.
Of the senior citizen population in Hawaii, 96.1% have a dedicated healthcare provider, but 5.3% of seniors report avoiding healthcare due to the cost. 8.7% of Hawaii seniors live in poverty and 10.2% experience food insecurity. All adults over 60 who are eligible for the SNAP program in Hawaii do participate in the program.
Over 80% of Hawaii’s nursing homes have a four or five star rating and there are 40.6 geriatric providers for every 100,000 senior citizens in the state. The state spends $43 on community support expenditures for every person over the age of 60.
280,000 Hawaiians are enrolled in Medicare, making up 20% of the state’s population. Hawaii has the lowest percentage of enrollees due to disability – just 9% – of any state in the nation. 36.3% of Hawaii’s senior citizen Medicare enrollees deal with multiple chronic conditions.
There are resources available for seniors and their caregivers in Hawaii – if you know where to look!
Hawaii has four Area Agencies on Aging as well as a state Executive Office on Aging. Below, you can find links to these resources along with other organizations and programs that offer assistance and support to senior citizens in Hawaii. Below, we’ve listed links to these resources as well as other organizations and programs.
Area Agencies on Aging
- Elder Affairs Division (Honolulu County)
- Hawaii County Office on Aging
- Maui County Office on Aging
- Kauai Agency on Elder Affairs
State Agencies and Non-Profits
- AARP of Hawaii
- Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii Chapter
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
- University of Hawaii, Center on Aging
- Hawaii Disability Rights
- Legal Aid Society of Hawaii – for low to moderate-income residents
- University of Hawaii Elder Law Program – UHELP has an attorney/professor, a program administrator/legal assistant and several student law clerks. UHELP operates throughout the calendar year and provides basic legal assistance, advice and information.