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Articles from the November 1, 2015 edition

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Choosing a better Medicare drug plan

The annual window for Medicare beneficiaries to review their prescription drug, or Part D, insurance plan options for next year is open until Dec. 7, 2015. Alaskans who get both Medicaid and Medicare can enroll or change plans any time. “Consumers...

 

New guidelines allow traditional Native foods onto more plates

When Alaska Native elders talk about Alaska's traditional foods they often say, "real foods feed our bodies and our spirits." Eating traditional foods like moose, fish and berries often is easy as lon...

 

Advisory committee seeks public input regarding Medicaid

The Alaska Medical Care Advisory Committee will meet Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, in Anchorage at the State Dept. of Health and Social Services Health Care Services Conference Room, 450 Business Park Blvd., Building L. The meeting hours are 8...

 

Scammers push medical devices on seniors

Alaskan seniors are being targeted with unwelcomed calls from telemarketers pitching unneeded medical devices. Better Business Bureau and the Alaska Medicare Information Office say the callers will trick seniors into parting with personal...

 

Juneau's senior sales tax exemption

Our lead story in last month’s edition on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly’s decision to end the senior sales tax exemption left out a lot of information. This was largely due to the last-minute deadline we were dealing with: we wanted to...

 

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...

 

Sterling's Angel Tree program brings holidays to kids

The goal of the Sterling Christmas Angel Tree program, says program chairman Shirley Lowe, is that no child in Sterling be without a present to open on Christmas morning. The Sterling Senior Center ha...

 

Alaska Railroad sets annual print sale-and-sign events

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will release its 2016 annual poster/print at three public sale-and-signing events featuring artist Jason Vukovich, who will sign prints and posters. • Houston, Saturday,...

 

'Be a Santa to a Senior' returns to Anchorage area

Everyone deserves to enjoy the warmth of the holiday season, and this year, Anchorage-area seniors who are alone or impoverished will be able to do just that. Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Anchorage and the Mat-Su...

 

Magnesium deficiency found in 80 percent of Americans

In an over-fed, undernourished world, here’s a bit of tasty news. Addressing just one simple nutrient deficiency can prevent a long list of modern society’s present-day diseases while vastly improving the quality of your life. You never hear...

 

Get a free memory checkup in November

Memory Screenings are an important part of checking our overall health as we age. If you or a loved one are having concerns about memory loss and the difference between normal aging and cognitive impairment, make an appointment for a screening and...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    November 1, 2015

Medicare Part D plans and Part B premiums

Winter has finally arrived, with one small fall of the flaky, white stuff and if the prognosticators are to be believed, due to the imminent arrival of “El Nino,” it will be a mild one. At my age...

 

Traditions originated from veterans' need, grief

Older Persons Action Group and Senior Voice Alaska recognizes and honors veterans every day for their service to our nation. But on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, special thanks are needed. A...

 

Health fairs in November

* The University Center Health Fair in Anchorage is Nov. 21. The print edition incorrectly listed it as Nov. 15. Please take note and spread the word!...

 

Free kidney health screenings in Anchorage

The Alaska Kidney Patients Assoc. is offering free kidney health screenings in November for people at increased risk for kidney disease, meaning people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or immediate family members with kidney disease. To...

 

Medicare open enrollment is also open season for scams

Medicare’s open enrollment, the time you can keep or switch your Medicare coverage, runs from October 15 until December 7. To Medicare scammers, open enrollment means open season on seniors. The best advice to prevent yourself from being taken...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in November. This month’s topic is “Caregiver Wellness.” Nov. 3, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Nov. 10, Caregiver...

 

News on colds; anti-cancer qualities of plums; and high-tech walkers

Lowering your risk of catching a cold The common cold occurs approximately two to three times a year in adults. If you get that many, you are in the norm. However, if you get more than that you need...

 

'Women of Lockerbie' dramatizes a journey through grief, love

How do we deal with our grief over loss of loved ones and all the madness in today's world? In 1988 a Pan American flight over Lockerbie, Scotland was bombed out of the sky. In the play, "Women of Loc...

 

Anchorage workshop focuses on dealing with grief during the holidays

Coping with grief during the holidays can be especially challenging. Relatives, friends, social gatherings, spiritual and family traditions, shopping, decorating—all can be overwhelming. Planning can help, which is why Anchorage hospice...

 

Veterans Week activities at Anchorage Senior Center

“Celebrate Senior Veterans Week” returns this year to the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, Nov. 9-13, featuring a week filled with information, recreation, companionship and remembrance. Here is the schedule: Monday, Nov. 9: Information Fair,...

 

Native Heritage Month lectures in Juneau will focus on art

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor its annual noon lecture series to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day in November. This year's lineup includes some of the...

 

Radios served as lifelines for bush Alaska

Before the Internet and cell service became synonymous with instant communication, Alaska's remote villages relied on a military network of telephone-telegraph radiophone stations to relay messages....

 

A 'High Chaparral' Thanksgiving with Henry Darrow

Come November, Henry Darrow's thoughts typically turn to turkeys ... and burros. Darrow, who turned 82 in September, played Manolito in the popular 60s western television series "High Chaparral." He r...

 

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