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Articles from the March 1, 2015 edition

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Senior Benefits should be protected, not reduced

The Senior Benefits program, administered by the Division of Public Assistance, provides a critical safety net for older Alaskans age 65 and older who live on small fixed incomes to help pay for food, fuel, housing, prescribed medications and other...

 

A view of Anchorage in fiber arts

Anchorage is celebrating its centennial year, 2015, in many ways. One of the first events to come to life, reflecting the community's unique history, was a project of the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    March 1, 2015

Supreme Court poised to rule on Obamacare: What it could mean for coverage and costs

For the second time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court could determine the fate of the president’s health care law with a case coming up for oral arguments in March. While a limited number of seniors are covered under the health care law, a Cou...

 

Teleconferences keep you up-to-date on the legislature

Keep track of senior-related bills, budget decisions and other issues by attending the Alaska Commission on Aging Legislative Teleconferences. Hosted by local agencies statewide, the teleconferences provide a convenient forum for seniors and...

 

Networking for Anchorage senior service providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Interagency Breakfast, sponsored by Older Persons Action Group, is an opportunity...

 
 By THARON GIDDENS    News    March 1, 2015

Sharing film favorites with grandchildren

Our granddaughter Olive is undergoing an excellent indoctrination into some of the finer films and television shows of years past. No, it’s not the work of her doting grandparents. We’re too far away to have enough time to indulge her in a...

 

Spring yourself forward to better sleep

The National Sleep Foundation kicks off Sleep Awareness Week with the nationwide Sleep in America Poll and ends on Daylight Savings Time each year in early March. It's no coincidence that Sleep...

 

Health fairs around the state in March

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. continues its spring series of health fairs this month, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The test results give you and your health care provider important information about your...

 
 By Lana Bell    Health    March 1, 2015

Tips to help you manage your medications

Reliably taking medications at the right time in the right way (with food, or an hour before eating, etc.) can be a serious chore. Here are a few common problems and tips. Remembering whether you took...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    March 1, 2015

Updates on Medicare and other benefits

Julius Caesar was told to beware of the “ides of March” and that used to be a warning to us, too, to get our taxes done by the 15th. But the great IRS decided to give us another month, and so we...

 
 By Ann L. Lovejoy    Health    March 1, 2015

Free diabetes management classes in Anchorage

While we know diabetes can lead to complications and terrible health conditions, we also know diabetes can be managed and quality of life improved. Getting control of diabetes involves the whole person. Though managing your diabetes may feel...

 

Prepare for cuts to TRICARE, commissary, PX/BX

For veterans, seeing temporary politicians take a knife to the military budget is nothing new. For some elected officials, low hanging fruit like retirement pay and TRICARE health care insurance is...

 
 By Tait Trussell    Health    March 1, 2015

How alcohol impacts organs

My youngest cousin, age 50, is the daughter I never had. Now she is dying of liver disease. Laura was here for a visit a few months ago, along with her two brothers and her father — my brother, Douglas. It was a delightful family visit, although...

 

Lower cost dental care at UAA

UAA’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is providing reduced cost dental hygiene care to staff, students and community members. As part of the Dental Hygiene program, students see patients under the supervision of a dentist from the Anchorage community. The...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2015

Research on avocados, jogging, laser treatment

Holy guacamole! An avocado a day may keep the doctor away It is believed that eating avocados may provide many important health benefits, and now you can add lowering your cholesterol levels to the list. A new study has found that individuals on a...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in March. This month’s theme is National Brain Awareness Month. March 2, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. March 10,...

 

Alaska Senior Games recognized for excellence

Congratulations to the Alaska International Senior Games (AISG) for their award for "Excellence in Games Promotion" at the National Senior Games Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in...

 

Seeking nominees for Anchorage senior service award

Do you know an outstanding individual whose service, dedication and leadership have had a significant impact on the quality of life for seniors in Anchorage? May is Older Americans Month, and once again, the Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory...

 

Painter makes points with Alaskans

Among the memorials in the Anchorage Municipal Park Cemetery stands a small, pink marker adorned with a palette. It is the final resting place of Sydney Mortimer Laurence, one of Alaska's greatest art...

 

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, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will take place in Anchorage...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2015

The seemingly-ubiquitous William Schallert

If you have watched television since the 1950s, there's no avoiding William Schallert. His distinctive, mellow voice and comfortingly familiar face have appeared on series ranging from "Father Knows B...

 

Social Security experts answer your questions

Staff from Alaska’s Social Security office will be available for questions via videoconferencing at the following locations and times:     Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (March 10 and 24), 9 a.m. to noon....

 

Giving it away tax-free and other legal advice

Dear Jonathan: I know that the annual gift tax exclusion for 2014 was $14,000. Is this amount being increased for 2015, or is it staying the same? Jonathan says: The annual gift tax exclusion for 2015 will remain at $14,000. Dear Jonathan: How much...

 

Here's how to investigate that slow connection

Q. I’m using high-speed Internet over a phone line. It works okay, but on occasion it goes so slow that most sites never finish downloading. Is this a provider problem? A. I would start your investigation with your Internet service provider, and in...

 

Chicago!

Many Alaskans I know say that Chicago is a great city and they love to visit. Traveling there in April for my son's wedding, I had a hard time adjusting to the fact that this is a city with a capital...

 

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