Senior voters seek answers at AARP forum

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Aug 03 2014 09:30:00 AM HST

Hawaii seniors make up a large voter block and many are still looking for answers on social security and other senior issues.

HONOLULU -

With the primary election around the corner, many Hawaii seniors still want answers about issues important to our kupuna.

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About 250,000 residents in Hawaii receive Social Security benefits, and some need help sifting through the facts and fiction about the program.

Long-term care availability and costs are issues seniors put at the top of their list of concerns.

While seniors were able to get more details about what could be done at an AARP forum held Sunday morning, some seniors still wonder what candidates will do -- if elected.

The informational meeting also sent a message to politicians.

"It's absolutely an effort to mobilize voters because this is important. At the national and local level, we want to make sure voters but, also candidates, understand all sides of the issue," AARP State President Gerry Silva said.

"That's one of the hard things about choosing who to vote for. When you don't know precisely what they stand for, we're hoping some will speak out over the next week and before the final election in November," retiree Ida Holt-Singer said.

To help voters see where candidate's stand on senior issues, AARP will release candidates' answers to four key questions after the primary election Aug. 9.

Hawaii's seniors make up a large voter block that is getting bigger every year. The number of residents over the age of 65 is expected to jump from nearly 200,000 to over 360,000 by the year 2030.

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