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Articles from the April 1, 2016 edition

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 By David Washburn    News    April 1, 2016

Senior programs feel the budget pressure

The budget axe continues to fall on programs affecting low income seniors as lawmakers deliberate where to cut state spending to help offset a huge budget deficit. Although the numbers can be a moving target as legislators debate and negotiate, at...

 

Plans are coming together for a Skagway Senior Center

After years of planning and feasibility reports, Skagway’s senior center is getting closer to a reality. Since being appointed by Mayor Stan Selmer in March 2013, the Senior Ad Hoc Committee has been overseeing the project, guided by the committee...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    News    April 1, 2016

Most people will need long term care

The good news is, overall, we’re living longer. But the bad news is, many of us will live longer but only with the assistance of a nursing home or at a minimum, home health aides. What’s the likelihood you or someone you love will require...

 

The Senior Property Tax Exemption is at risk

During the 1980 recession, Alaska lost over 20,000 jobs, most of which were in Anchorage, where a majority of the oil, construction and related services were located. The 2015 reduction in oil prices have resulted in over a $3 billion state budget de...

 

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 Alan M. Schlein    News    April 1, 2016

Struggling to afford the next big health care crisis: Chronic and long-term care

Editor's note: This is an expanded version of the story appearing in the April 2016 Senior Voice print edition. The next big health crisis is the battle over chronic care and long-term care. Patient advocates, policy experts and lawmakers call it...

 

Assistance with philanthropic planning

A new service has been launched that will provide assistance to Alaskans seeking to use their wealth to make positive change. Alaska Philanthropy Advisors, led by established nonprofit leader Dennis McMillian, will fill a need that individuals,...

 

It's our turn to 'pay it forward' on education

“Pay it forward” is part of my educational philosophy. When we were children in public schools people around us paid taxes to educate us. Our parents and neighbors volunteered in schools, served on the PTA and voted. They voted for school bonds...

 
 By Wendell Fowler    Health    April 1, 2016

Shiitake is treasured for good reason

Shiitake (shih-TAH-kee), used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years, is a symbol of longevity in Asia for its health-promoting properties. Ancient Egyptians treasured mushrooms as the...

 
 By Sarana Schell    Health    April 1, 2016

Transition program eases return home

A limited income can trap some Alaskans in nursing or extended care, even when they're ready to return home or transition to assisted living. Fortunately, a state program can help people move to a...

 

Spring health fairs coming to you

Alaska Health Fairs’ spring series of health fairs are underway, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The tests can help you learn about your health and detect potential problems early, when treatment or...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    April 1, 2016

Obamacare anniversary; drug discount cards

I know the winter sports enthusiasts will not be agreeing with me, but I am glad we have had a short winter and an early spring and (knock wood!) my roof is still intact. March 23 was the sixth...

 

Can you use a geriatric care manager?

Services from geriatric care managers should be something that every family takes advantage of, but in reality very few families use them. Care managers could go a long ways towards helping the family with cost containment and finding better and...

 

Reviewing VA's Medical Benefits Package

Public Law calls for VA to provide you hospital care and outpatient care services that are defined as “needed.” VA defines “needed” as care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore...

 

Free dental work at annual Anchorage event

This year’s “Mission of Mercy” free dental care event, takes place April 29 and 30 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Dentists and other health workers provide free dental care for up to 2,000 patients in...

 
 By TAZLINA MANNIX    Health    April 1, 2016

You can live a healthy life with diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body is unable to control the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, and left uncontrolled, it can result in dangerous health con...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    April 1, 2016

Doubling up on prostate cancer therapy

Combating prostate cancer in a new way Investigators in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Queen’s University are now testing a whole new approach to treating aggressive prostate cancer. They are...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in April. This month’s focus: Proper body mechanics and back safety. April 5, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. April 12,...

 

Spring classes on geriatrics

Registration is open for a series of online trainings on geriatric health care topics that will be available through May, sponsored by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Alaska Training Cooperative and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority....

 

Still living their dream in Fairbanks

"I didn't want to leave Fairbanks. I love my town." – Karen "I came back to Fairbanks after moving to Oregon. I came back to live here, at Raven Landing. It was like coming home. I had never really...

 

Celebrate Senior Recognition Day May 12 in Fairbanks

The Fairbanks Senior Recognition Day returns to the Carlson Center this year on May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a delicious free lunch (seniors only), enjoy presentations and entertainment, gather information, and see who wins the Outstanding...

 

Older Americans Month kicks off May 4 in Anchorage

The Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission will host the annual Older Americans Month Kick-Off Event May 4 at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Blaze a Trail.” The...

 

Troublemakers earned a one-way ticket south

An abundance of gamblers, con men and thieves made their way north following the discovery of gold in the Klondike in the late 1890s. And with no official lawmen to take care of evildoers, miners...

 

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