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Expanded Alaska Medicaid coverage begins Sept. 1

Editor’s note: Staying on top of breaking news can be challenging in a monthly newspaper. Here’s the most recent information available when this edition went to press. The Alaska Legislature announced Aug. 18 it will sue the governor to block...

 

September is a good time to clean out the medicine cabinet

This year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nationwide. The DEA-sponsored program has collected hundreds of pounds of leftover medications from Alaskans alone since the program’s premier in...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet in Soldotna, Girdwood

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) will hold a quarterly meeting September 15 and 17, 2015, in the Kenai area and in Girdwood. The meeting will start in the Soldotna Senior Center, September 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. and will continue on Sept. 17 from...

 

Alaska's children are overdosing on heroin

Heroin is killing Alaskan children and grandchildren at alarming rates, and unless we do something to address the problem now, it will only get worse. Heroin-related deaths in Alaska tripled between 2008 and 2013. In 2012, the rate of heroin...

 

Free forum on Medicaid and long term care, Oct. 13

SENIOR VOICE STAFF Come or dial-in to hear the facts at Older Person Action Group’s educational forum, “Medicaid 101: Understanding the Medicaid Rules for Long Term Care,” Oct. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. The location and call-in telephone number (toll...

 

Leave your family what's most important

Typical estate planning techniques involve bequeathing wealth and valuables from one generation to the next. Many people, however, view wealth as something more than money and possessions. Their view is that some of the most valuable items one can...

 

RSVP volunteers wanted for Anchorage, Mat-Su

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is resuming service in the Anchorage/Mat-Su region through the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIAI). RSVP is one of the largest...

 

Fall health fairs are heading your way

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. kicks off their fall series of health fair around the state this month, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. These tests can help you learn about your health and detect potential...

 

Ghosts walk among us and they have credit cards

They’re not real ghosts, but sadly it’s true that thieves are able to steal the credit of people who are gone. They open accounts, run up bills, and get away with it for a while. That’s called ghosting. According to security firm ID Analytics,...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    September 1, 2015

Too much, too little: It's usually about the money

September, what a terrible month with the loss of the David Letterman and Jon Stewart shows. Well, now I can get to bed an hour earlier. We could be paying much less Why do Americans pay a lot more...

 

Functional fitness training is ideal for better balance

You are probably asking yourself, what is functional fitness and how does that differ from any other type of fitness program? Functional fitness by definition is: movements and programs that lead to greater enhancement in performance or human...

 

Medicaid expansion will be at the expense of seniors, veterans

Much has been written about the governor’s attempt to expand Medicaid in Alaska and the debate has yet to be settled. While I am sure some of the stakeholders like the working poor, social service...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    September 1, 2015

Iodine is essential for your body, not something to fear

Iodine is not just for your thyroid and there’s mass confusion on this topic. Iodine is used all over your body, in all of your organs, especially your breasts and prostate (if you have those). The truth is trillions of cells have a receptor site...

 

Finally, a health benefit to getting older?

You are not getting older, you are getting better New research is suggesting that blood vessels can actually get better with age and arteries adapt to oxidative stress caused by aging. These new findings contradict earlier theories and they may...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in September. This month’s topic is “Medication Management.” Sept. 1, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Sept. 8,...

 

These are the worst places to hide money in your house

Everyone keeps a little cash for emergencies, right? We do our best to hide it, but the trouble is, most of us hide it in places that burglars can easily find. Chris McGoey, a Los Angeles based security expert lists a couple of the worst places to...

 

Anchorage interfaith group brings back hunger walk

"The community missed the event last year. We were sure of it." Penny Goodstein, president of the Anchorage Interfaith Council, is referring to the CROP Walk, a hunger walk with a long history in...

 
 By Julie Baker    News    September 1, 2015

Register today for the 2015 Great Alaska ShakeOut

The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management invites Alaskans to join millions of people worldwide in the world’s largest earthquake drill by registering for the 2015 Great Alaska ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for...

 

Author Dianne Barske awarded for children's book

Alaskan author (and Senior Voice contributing writer) Dianne Barske will receive a first place national award at this year's National Federation of Press Women Communications Conference, to be held...

 

Elder Mentor program is looking for volunteers

The Elder Mentor Program – also known as Foster Grandparents – is looking for Alaska seniors who have a passion for working with children. Program Manager Jan Abbott says, “We have about 80 Elder Mentors currently, helping in schools across the...

 

Join the forum on Alaska's fiscal future

What are the realistic possibilities for fixing Alaska’s budget deficit? What will happen to government services like education? What happens to taxes, the Permanent Fund and the PFD? What about the economy and the real estate market? These are...

 

Heart Walk fundraiser Sept. 26 in Anchorage

Join hundreds of walkers to recognize those who have survived cardiovascular disease, remember those we have lost, celebrate our own pledges to live a healthy lifestyle and support a meaningful cause, Sept. 26 in Anchorage. Participation is free;...

 

Muktuk Marston: A human dynamo

Many of those who came to Alaska during World War II liked what they saw and decided to set down roots in the Last Frontier. Among them was a true visionary who created one of Anchorage's premier...

 

Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels remember 9/11

Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon's home when Marty...

 

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