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Articles from the January 1, 2015 edition

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Medicare rules, boondoggles and fraud fights

Medicare is like a government octopus, with its tentacles stretching into almost every aspect of senior life. With its policies affecting 50 million beneficiaries, this agency has a lot going on simultaneously. Sometimes, policies it puts in place...

 

Celebrating 125 years of service to Alaskan families, children

The New Year, 2015, represents a landmark year for one agency, AK Child & Family. "It's our quasquicentennial," states Denis McCarville, president and CEO. "How many organizations or businesses in...

 

Teleconferences help you keep up with legislature

Did you know that the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) monitored a total of 45 bills and resolutions and actively supported 25 pieces of legislation that affected seniors during the FY2014 legislative session? We also provided committee testimony an...

 

Social Security forum coming March 10

Older Persons Action Group, Inc. and the Social Security Administration are teaming up to present an educational forum, “Social Security: Everything You Always Wanted to Ask,” on March 10. The event will take place in Anchorage and be...

 
 By Ken Helander    News    January 1, 2015

Groundbreaking senior survey taking place

Seniors in Alaska are asked to complete many surveys, needs assessments and questionnaires that try to determine who people are and what they need. These surveys help policy makers and service planners to know where gaps are and how funds should be...

 

Do your homework before joining a health club

It happens every New Year. Immediately following January 1st, all of the treadmills will be occupied and classes at your local gym will be full of people looking for a healthy start to the year. According to USA.gov, two of the top six New Year’s R...

 

Chronic pain is widespread, misunderstood

Millions of Americans are suffering needlessly with chronic pain, according to a new book, A Nation in Pain. The author, Judy Foreman, calls the opioid wars not only medical but psychological, economic, political and cultural. We are suffering...

 

Marijuana showing significant promise for many conditions

Attitudes about marijuana and its use are changing nationwide. Alaska, along with Washington, Colorado and Oregon, has lifted the prohibition on its use. The voter-approved changes in each state are...

 
 By Lana Bell    Health    January 1, 2015

Making sure you can afford your prescriptions

If affording your prescriptions is a challenge, please don’t turn to ‘cost-cutting’ measures like going without, or maybe taking one pill a day instead of two, or splitting your pills and only...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    January 1, 2015

Benefits and belongings shouldn't be taken for granted

Social Security COLA increase Happy New Year and I hope it is a healthy one. If you are on Social Security, you will notice that you received a whopping 1.7 percent increase in your benefit. Please...

 

Resolve, then act, to be better prepared

With the New Year upon us, many of us will make resolutions to change something in our life for the better. The old standbys are lose weight, join a gym, stop smoking, and call your friends and...

 

New information on breast cancer, Alzheimer's and artificial sweeteners

Breast cancer vaccine showing promise The New Year is ushering in new hope for women who have advanced breast cancer. Researchers are now reporting success with a novel breast cancer vaccine that...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in January. This month’s theme is National Senior Independence Month. Jan. 6, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Jan. 13,...

 

An interview with a former Jesse Lee Home resident

Author and educator Dr. James Lewis Simpson was another of the early childhood residents of the Seward Jesse Lee Home. Now age 90 and living in Oregon, he shared some of his early stories in a phone...

 

Last Frontier Honor Flight wants to fly more veterans to Washington D.C.

The Last Frontier Honor Flight is a local chapter of the national organization of the Honor Flight Network. Our mission is to honor and thank veterans – especially World War II, Alaska Territorial...

 

Anchorage, Fairbanks programs offer education for the fun of it

Anchorage-area seniors can sign up now for winter session classes offered by OLE (Opportunities for Lifelong Education). Although there is no minimum age requirement, classes are geared to adults age 50 and older. Courses begin Jan. 12 and end March...

 

Partners laid groundwork for prospector rush

Some courageous pioneers saw the possibilities of the Yukon Basin years before the Klondike Gold Rush. And a few stand out above the rest, including Leroy Napoleon "Jack" McQuesten, Alfred Mayo and...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2015

Co-stars remember Elvis the actor

For many, the title "King of Rock and Roll" is reserved for one man: Elvis Presley. Had he lived, the King would have celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 8, 2015. Unlike most departed singers who are...

 

Intra-family loans and IRS interest rate rules

Dear Jonathan: If I loan my son $80,000 to pay off his mortgage, would either of us have an issue with the IRS? My son would repay the loan at a set amount each month. I would prefer not to charge an interest fee. Thank you for any advice you can...

 

'How can I cheat at Solitaire?' (Really?)

Q. I’ve heard there is a way to cheat when playing Solitaire. I hate to ask, but can you shed any light on this? A. I don’t know why as many people ask about this as they do, particularly since Solitaire is a game you play against yourself, but...

 

Cruising Alaska has been a tradition for over a century

Cruising to and around Alaska is nothing new. From the cruises of the Treasury Department's Revenue Cutters to today's floating cities, people have come to Alaska for furs, gold and the scenery. They...

 

Medicare Right Center reports on ways to improve Part B enrollment

Here is the full November 2014 report from the Medicare Rights Center, for PDF download....

 

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