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Articles from the June 1, 2015 edition

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A tour guide for a place like no other: Unalaska

I looked out the window of the small plane as we approached our short runway and saw nothing but olive-green cliffs. They filled the window and I was startled. The bumpy bluffs seemed so close I felt...

 
 By David Washburn    News    June 1, 2015

It's official: Older Persons Action Group has moved

The Municipality of Anchorage has followed through on its plan to vacate occupants from the John Thomas Bldg., Older Persons Action Group's home for more than 40 years. The building, located on the...

 

Networking for Anchorage-area 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...

 

It is wrong to cut Alaska's Senior Benefits program

With a $3.9 billion dollar deficit, it’s important for the legislature to make big cuts, and we have. However, cuts to our most vulnerable seniors is a mistake, and that’s one of the issues we continue to debate. Established in 2007, the Senior...

 

Republican budget bill proposes marked changes in Medicare coverage

Check off “budget” on the Republicans “can govern” checklist. Congressional Republicans recently approved a budget bill, the first passed by Congress in six years, and the first since the party took control of both chambers earlier this...

 

Insurance can protect your pet – and wallet

From rocks to socks and toxic foods to scissors, pets manage to get into anything and everything. But what happens when you rush your pet to the emergency room only to find out that Buster's surgery...

 
 By Lana Bell    Health    June 1, 2015

Promise yourself to take medicine as directed

In my last column, I’m going to invite you to take a pledge. The goal for this year of columns was to share that it’s harder than it looks to take medicine correctly (75 percent of Americans don...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    June 1, 2015

You have a say in when you leave the hospital

There is nothing as sweet as a day in June. I’m not so sure about the rest of the country, but that really holds true for Alaska. When the leaves start bursting out of their pods, and the sun...

 
 By Ann Lovejoy    Health    June 1, 2015

Know the safeguards for Medicare consumers

People with Medicare have the right to be treated with respect. This means you are not discriminated against for any reason and your health information is kept private. All hospitals in Alaska post a Patient Bill of Rights. These meet guidelines...

 

Put your name on the Pioneer Home list today

I just discovered something upsetting. I'm getting older by the day. Odds are I won't forever be the active, self-reliant person I am now. Yes, it's true, and I must accept the fact one day I will...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    Health    June 1, 2015

Make the most of your Health Savings Account

Do you have a health savings account (HSA) at work? You may have enjoyed the comfort of an HSA account during your work life, knowing the money for your health needs would be there. Did you know that once you turn 65 and begin receiving Medicare,...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2015

New research on longevity, blood sugar, exercise

Living to celebrate your 100th birthday It is believed that more and more people will be living to the age of 100 and so scientists have been studying what may be the key to successful aging and...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in June. This month’s topic is Safety in Your Home’s Surroundings. June 2, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. June 9,...

 
 By Bonnie Murphy    Health    June 1, 2015

Three ways to deter dementia

I was reading an article by Dr. Martin and he was talking about natural dementia prevention. He said that “dementia does not have to come with the territory as you get older.” At a recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference held...

 

A retirement to remember in Skagway

Honorary plaque in arms, retiring Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Carlin "Buckwheat" Donahue regaled a crowd of well-wishers at the Red Onion Saloon on May 1. After 16 years in the...

 

Ten plays in 10 weeks dramatize Anchorage history

A once-in-a-century theater project is set to run in downtown Anchorage this July through September at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, 4th Avenue and D Street. “Anchorage: The First 100 Years – A Theatrical Tour,” will feature a different...

 

Mr. Baseball comes to town

The infant town of Anchorage, only a few years old, had always been interested in America's favorite pastime when William F. Mulcahy, later known as "Mr. Baseball," blew into the lusty, young railroad...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2015

William Shatner's trek through fatherhood

Her father commanded a spaceship in a popular 60s television series. Two decades later, in 1988, Melanie Shatner was featured alongside her dad in an Oldsmobile TV commercial revealing her own desire...

 
 By Mackenzie Stewart    News    June 1, 2015

Do your homework before making a move

“The average family moves or changes homes every five years,” says John Bissell of Royal Alaskan Movers, and in honor of the beginning of a summer of endless brown boxes and packing tape, the Better Business Bureau dubs May as National Moving...

 

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 (June 9 and 23), 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai Senior...

 

A beneficiary deed helps avoid expensive trusts, costly probate

Dear Jonathan: My wife and I have a pretty modest estate. Basically, we have our home and a couple of bank accounts. We only have one child, a daughter, who will be the beneficiary of all of our assets. We know we don’t need a complicated estate...

 

Who or what regulates the Internet?

Q. Is there a governing body that regulates the Internet in the United States? A. No one person, company, organization or governmental agency oversees the Internet at this time, though that is certainly subject to change. There are some individuals...

 

The Haul Road: A classic Alaska road trip

Summertime means road trips, and no Alaskan can call themselves a true Alaskan if they haven't done the Haul Road. Yes, you may have done the Alaska Highway to the Lower 48, but it's not so gnarly...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    News    June 1, 2015

Couldn't find a date online? Try again

Dating was scary when we were young, and it’s still scary, but for different reasons. In some ways it’s easier now because we know what we want and we’re more confident. But the fact is, most of us 50 and up have baggage. The baggage might be...

 

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