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Getting Ready for Hawaii’s Senior Living Boom

Innovative options and solutions are growing in response to increasing elder care needs and the graying of Hawaii’s baby boomers

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Emmet White,
CEO, Arcadia Community Services

Arcadia Community Services

The gift of growing old is a privilege that requires serious thinking and preparation. Today’s seniors are a resilient bunch driven in the 21st century by a newfound hunger for successful aging.

“Seniors tell us in study after study that they want to remain independent in their homes without any assistance for as long as possible,” says Emmet White, Chief Executive Officer of Arcadia Community Services. “They want to maintain good health, receive adequate healthcare and have enough money without outliving their assets and income.”

At Arcadia Retirement Residence and 15 Craigside, seniors are provided with a continuum of life and care from independent living through assisted living to long-term care.

“Residents at Arcadia and 15 Craigside love being part of a caring community whose dignity, companionship and environment bring joy and good quality to life,” he says.

The Arcadia family of companies also provides other options for seniors. Adult Day Care and Day Health programs at Central Union Church and Kilohana Methodist Church offer quality programs for many seniors who need some assistance with the activities of daily living.


“Seniors look forward to spending a pleasant and stimulating daytime with friends and staff in a safe environment,” says White. “Our staff always shares their knowledge, expertise and direction to inquiring seniors and their families.”

There are many senior living options today, but a consistent emphasis on educating the community about different healthcare programs and services is important. Senior care and services are not entitlements from the government, and may not be available to all. It is important for families to become aware about the path for successful aging.

“The privilege of living a long life does not come easily,” says White, “but a thankful attitude and a reasonable understanding about growing older will serve each of us well, no matter where we lodge in the continuum of care during our life. In the Arcadia family, we’re committed to serving and supporting Hawaii’s seniors.”



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