Community benefit grants aim to help seniors live independently and stay active.
HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $112,000 in total grant funding to local organizations that are focused on caring for the needs of Hawaii’s aging population.
“By 2020, 1 in 4 Hawaii residents will be 60 years or older,” said David Tumilowicz, vice president of public relations, communications, and brand management at Kaiser Permanent Hawaii. “As our population ages, we must support systems that help kupuna live independently and stay active, such as providing affordable housing, creating age-friendly cities, and developing community-based health care and services.”
Age-Friendly Cities received $57,000 to support a business initiative called Kind2Kupuna. The initiative works with businesses and communities to develop inclusive and accessible environments that better support the needs of seniors. Age-Friendly Cities also works with businesses, kupuna (the Hawaiian word for elders), and students to develop ideas for aging-in-place technology and other innovations for an aging population. In 2018, the program reached 59 businesses; this year, 21 more businesses took a pledge to join the Kind2Kupuna network.
The Hawaii Intergenerational Network received $55,000 to implement a home-sharing program for Hawaii seniors. Home-sharing addresses Hawaii’s housing shortage and helps prevent feelings of isolation in Hawaii’s growing senior population. HIN’s pilot program will identify seniors willing to share their homes and provide screening and matching services, follow-up assessments, and interviews with stakeholders to understand how home-sharing can benefit Hawaii’s residents.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.