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Articles from the August 1, 2015 edition

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 By Teresa Ambord    News    August 1, 2015

When adult children live in your house

Whose living are you paying for? Roughly 62 percent of people age 50 and up are providing financial support to family members, according to a study by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Some are helping out with the needs of their elderly relatives,...

 

A welcoming home for generations

Editor's note: This is the final story in a three-part series about Unalaska/Dutch harbor, based on Senior Voice contributing writer Dianne Barske's visit in May 2015. I was astonished. The Jesse Lee...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    August 1, 2015

Storm-damaged cars will be flooding the market

With the recent floods in Texas, Oklahoma and other states, consumers looking to purchase a used car—even in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska—should be wary. Scammers and unscrupulous car dealers often ship these damaged vehicles to other states...

 

Older Americans Act's programs are vital to seniors

Editor’s note: This press release was received July 14. On the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    August 1, 2015

One in six seniors have inadequate access to food

Millions of seniors are struggling to put food on the table, a dramatic spike in the problem, according to two new reports. Despite the recent uptick in the U.S. economy, an astonishingly large number of Americans – 9.6 million over the age of 60...

 

Family budgets: Who is paying?

When families help each other out financially, who typically pays: Older family members supporting the younger ones, or vice-versa? Despite the growing wave of retiring Baby Boomers, it’s far more likely to be older Americans transferring cash to...

 
 By Linda Sharp    Health    August 1, 2015

Wildfire season keeps Alaska seniors on alert

270 fires have been identified around Alaska this season, with about 27 of the fires worked by firefighters. The degree of challenge and loss Alaskan seniors have experienced is as varied as our...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    August 1, 2015

A reminder that it's better to not be in the hospital

We had been having a wonderful summer and I always expect a colorful autumn here in Anchorage. That is, the summer started out well, but I had an unexpected problem. I wasn’t feeling well and when a...

 

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 Suzy Cohen    Health    August 1, 2015

Skin deep: Some solutions for what ails you

Summer is the time when our skin is exposed. We need to keep it looking beautiful. Here are some common skin conditions, as well as solutions. Eczema Dry, cracked skin and blisters can become very painful. Eczema has been associated with sluggish...

 

Could JBER troop loss make less sense? Let's see

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Alaska announced it would be losing the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 25th Infantry Division due to an Army wide 40,000 troop reduction. The loss of...

 

We must work harder for our loved ones

As Americans, we have many rights not afforded to others in this world. Yet, we’d be foolish to think that every American has access to all the freedoms that many of us take for granted. Our elderly loved ones are no exception—and in fact,...

 

Medical powers of eggs, vitamin D and phone apps

Eating eggs may help prevent development of type-2 diabetes Researchers in Finland are reporting that eating eggs may benefit blood sugar metabolism. In the past, egg consumption has either been associated with an elevated risk of diabetes or no...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in August. This month’s topic is “Immunizations for Seniors.” Aug. 4, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Aug. 11,...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet in Soldotna, Girdwood

The Alaska Commission on aging will holding a quarterly meeting in the Kenai area September 15 – 17. The primary focus of the meeting will be to visit service providers in the Kenai area to see what is working and what additional needs may be...

 

Cordova born from strife, violence and stubborn faith

Prospectors searching for gold in the Wrangell Mountains during the early 1900s found a mountain of copper instead. Others had discovered coal and oil in the Prince William Sound and Bering River...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2015

Arlene Dahl's journey to Hollywood and beyond

Generally regarded as one of the classic beauties to grace the big screen throughout the '40s and '50s, Arlene Dahl's career extended beyond the reach of the camera. "I've had many different...

 

Trying to avoid probate? Just a will alone won't

Dear Jonathan: My wife and I prepared wills several years ago. We thought by doing so that we were avoiding probate which was the main purpose why we prepared wills. However, a close friend of ours recently died and her estate is now being probated e...

 

Net neutrality and other tech complexities

Q. It seems like lots of “experts” have varying opinions about Net Neutrality. Can you explain it in layman’s terms? I am against the government sticking its nose into my business, but I don’t understand the issue. A. Net Neutrality 101....

 
 By Chris Jay    Travel    August 1, 2015

Louisiana's 'other side'

Located in the northwestern corner of the state, Shreveport-Bossier is the third-largest community in Louisiana. Home to a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene, a year-round calendar of...

 

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