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Getting through the holidays after a loss

After the death of a family member, the holiday season can be particularly tough. Here are some pointers to keep in mind. Family get-togethers will be different ·Be honest with each other about your feelings. Share your concerns, feelings, apprehens...

 

People who are less-mobile nevertheless remain movers and doers

Wheelchair marathoners fly to the finish at 20 mph before this runner is half done with the race. I don’t call them athletes – I call them daredevils, who jet down hills at head-cracking speeds, sometimes dump, vault back into their chairs, and...

 
 By Bart Astor    Health    December 1, 2017 

Everyone needs to review their Medicare plan

I consider myself an expert in the areas of retirement and personal finance, but I admit that I’ve put review of my Medicare coverage on autopilot. I am the author of the Washington Post bestseller, “AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life,”...

 
 By Chung Nim Ha    Health    December 1, 2017 

Expanding what works

Diabetes is one of the most common and costly chronic diseases in the U.S. Over 30 million adults (12 percent) have diabetes, and total medical costs and lost work and wages for people with diabetes totaled $245 billion in 2012. Another 84 million...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    December 1, 2017 

Build a better brain by maintaining DHA

I bet you feel like you used to be smarter and quicker at making decisions. I hear you, and at 52, I feel like my brain is still fairly sharp but not like it was at 30. Let me ask you some personal questions: • Do you forget things easily?...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    December 1, 2017 

Improving life through exercise, nutrition, vaccines

Exercise as a Christmas present Taking up a new exercise program or joining a health club may be one of the best Christmas presents for older adults in 2017. That’s because the United States is now...

 
 By Beth Schuerman    Health    December 1, 2017 

CarFit promises better driving for seniors

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The program is designed to help older...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in December. This month’s meeting topic: “The Rock Movement.” Painting rocks has become a movement, including locally in Kenai and Soldotna. Atte...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    November 1, 2017

That limp may be peripheral artery disease

Dear Savvy Senior: For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    November 1, 2017

Reality check – do B vitamins cause cancer?

There was a new study published last August (2017) in Journal of Clinical Oncology regarding B vitamins and it’s produced some uneasiness. B complex is thought to boost energy reserve, support metabolism and adrenal function and protect your...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    November 1, 2017

Part D Open Enrollment Period is underway

Have you reviewed your prescription drug coverage for 2018? The Open Enrollment Period for Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans is in full swing. Beginning Oct. 15 and continuing until Dec. 7, Medicare...

 

November is fall season finale for health fairs

We are nearing the end of Alaska Health Fair’s fall 2017 health fair season, so check out one of the November 2017 events. They offer free health screenings, health and safety education, plus 11 affordable blood tests and other services. These...

 

An update on care coordination for seniors

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is pleased to announce the expansion of our Care Coordination Program to include individuals of any age with a disability. Moving forward, our program Care Coordination Resource of Alaska (CCRA) will continue to be...

 

Providing Five Wishes in celebration of National Hospice Month

In recognition of how difficult it is for people to think about and discuss health care decisions, Hospice of Anchorage is distributing free copies of the nation’s most popular advance care planning resource, “Five Wishes”. Five Wishes allows...

 

Service-related brain injuries

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was the most unrecognized disorder for returning Vietnam veterans as well as for the veterans of all previous wars. Not reacting to this disorder cost thousands...

 

Research news on blindness, breast cancer, diabetes

Gene therapy may help reverse blindness Researchers are moving closer toward a novel gene therapy approach to restore vision to the blind. British researchers in a laboratory study have demonstrated...

 

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 meeting topic: “The Art of Caregiving, Part Two,” with demonstrations on effective approaches to bathing, eating,...

 

Preserving summer's bounty: Make your own jerky

Not very many years ago high-carbohydrate bars were the "go-to" for hikers and other athletes. Now, when I pick up snacks for the trail, the shelves are loaded with pemmican-like meat snacks or meat...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    October 1, 2017

Part D Open Enrollment is quickly approaching

Fall is in the air! Time for pumpkin spiced treats, watching football, getting out our winter gear, putting on our studded tires, and for Medicare beneficiaries, it is time to review our prescription...

 

Health fairs in full swing in October

We are now in the middle of Alaska Health Fair’s fall 2017 health fair season, so check out one of our fast approaching October events. The health fairs offer free health screenings, health and safety education, plus 11 affordable blood tests and...

 

Hospice education, remembrance events in October

Many people know Hospice of Anchorage as a place that serves patients with life limiting illness and provides people with grief support, but Hospice of Anchorage also provides event and educational...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    October 1, 2017

Getting a handle on prescription medications

Dear Savvy Senior: I’m concerned that my 80-year-old mother is taking too many medications. She currently takes 10 different drugs prescribed by three different doctors, which I think is causing her some problems. She also struggles to keep up...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    October 1, 2017

Extend the life of an older car (and driver)

Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a pretty good driver but he has limited range-of-motion, which makes looking...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in October. This month’s meeting topic: “Proper Body Mechanics and Back Safety and the Art of Caregiving, Part One.” Oct. 3, Caregiver support...

 

Promising news about coffee, lasers, arthritis

Laser zaps gum disease Dentistry is getting a little bit less invasive and less painful. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a minimally invasive laser, a tiny laser fiber about t...

 

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