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Articles from the December 1, 2015 edition

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 By Teresa Ambord    News    December 1, 2015

What's new for Social Security in 2016? Not much

You’ve probably already heard that Social Security recipients will not get a raise in their benefits in 2016. One person’s bad news is often the next guy’s good news. Social Security raises are tied to inflation, and of course high inflation is...

 

A grand opening in Anchorage

The Thomas Center for Senior Leadership, a new senior housing facility in Anchorage, held its grand opening reception Nov. 22. Built on the campus of St. Mary's Episcopal Church at the corner of Lake...

 

OPAG elects new officers at annual meeting

Older Persons Action Group, Inc. conducted its annual membership meeting Nov. 19 in Anchorage. At the meeting, board members nominated and voted for officers. The newly-elected officers are as follows: Yvonne M. Chase, president; Pam Yeargan, vice...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet Dec. 9

The Alaska Commission on Aging will hold its quarterly meeting Dec. 9 in Juneau, with the meeting videoconferenced at sites around the state. Public attendance is encouraged. Commissioners will hear presentations from and about senior service...

 

Networking for Anchorage 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 Teresa Ambord    News    December 1, 2015

Apps to make life easier and apps for fun

Need a gift for a senior in your life? How about an “Easy” button? You may have seen TV commercials featuring easy buttons. You have a problem and quickly solve it by pushing the easy button. Of course, nothing is that simple, but apps do make...

 

Don't waste that citrus: It can be frozen

The numbers associated with food waste are nothing short of staggering. Americans waste 35 million tons of food per year. This isn't just a loss of food that might otherwise feed us. Growing,...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    December 1, 2015

Rediscovering medicinal herbs from the Bible

Many of you are convinced that prescription medicine is the best way to heal. As a pharmacist, I would agree with that at times, but not every time. Don't forget that before man pulled the plant from...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    December 1, 2015

Is a reverse mortgage right for you?

I cannot believe that this year is almost over. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! It is ironic to me that although I have helped so many people in all the years that I have been working...

 

Let's build a village for homeless vets

When you have a chronic condition, what does that mean? Of long duration; continuing or lingering; incurable or manageable? Alaska has chronic homelessness and veterans are part of that population. Whether a ‘civilian’ or a veteran, the...

 

New study data on diet soda, exercise and depression

Combating the holiday blues For some individuals the holidays can be a very difficult time emotionally. For some it is just the blues but for others it can result in serious depression. Recently a...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers in December

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in December. This month’s topic is “How to Measure Vital Signs.” Dec. 1, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Dec. 8,...

 

Anchorage soup kitchen's Thursday people

Vicki Martin calls them the "Thursday people," and I had come specifically to meet one of them, "Grandpa John" Sterner. I'd heard that at age 94, John was among the most faithful, most staunch of the...

 

Send in your stories for new 'Seward Unleashed' community anthology

“Seward Unleashed, Volume I,” was a literary success in 2014, and Volume II is underway to preserve the character, color and adventure of community members in the Seward and surrounding area. Writers of all ages, styles and stories are invited...

 

Ride sharing program starting up in Fairbanks

Tired of forgetting to start your car before you head to work on a chilly morning? Looking for a stress-free way to make your daily commute more manageable? Look no further than ridesharing. The Fairbanks North Star Borough has partnered with Zimride...

 

Sled dogs figure into Alaska history

Sled dogs have a long and illustrious history in the North Country, from the early days of Native settlements to the gold-rush booms during the 1890-1900s. Natives of Alaska, northern Canada,...

 

Actor Richard Anderson lives his love for heroes, happy endings

Richard Anderson appeared in over 200 films and TV shows throughout his career. But it's not just his well-known role as security chief Oscar Goldman in "The Six Million Dollar Man" that elicits fan...

 

New Web resource for aging Alaskans

“Aging Alaskans Info” is a blog and website which I started earlier this year to be a comprehensive resource for aging Alaskans and our families. I started the website for reasons that were personal and difficult, yet familiar to most of us. I...

 

Your Social Security questions answered by the experts

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 (Dec. 8 and 22), 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai...

 

'What you got away with was in fact illegal'

Dear Jonathan: My mother, who is a widow, passed away several months ago. Thankfully she prepared a trust and transferred her assets to that trust so that there would be no probate to deal with at her death. While in the process of cleaning out her...

 
 By Robin Schmidt    News    December 1, 2015

Social Security has a new blog

We recently launched our new blog, Social Security Matters. The blog is our interactive center for engaging with you by answering questions and concerns in a way that benefits all readers and contributors. Social Security Matters also lets you...

 

Email freezeups and overheated USB hubs

Q. Sometimes people I send email to tell me that when they open my message, their computer freezes. I’m sending you one of my emails that did this. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong that might be causing this? A. The email you sent me...

 

Thailand is an ideal winter trip for Alaskans

One of the favored spots of Alaskans looking to avoid winter and live on $30 a day, Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, offers great food, warm, welcoming people and cultural sites. It's...

 

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