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 By Alan M. Schlein    News    July 1, 2017 

Greed and fraud vs. Medicare: A few changes could roll back abuse

Warning: This story may raise your blood pressure. For sure, it raises troubling questions about the U.S. government’s ability to manage a medical bureaucracy. Medicare, the government insurance program that provides health care to 55 million...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    News    July 1, 2017 

How to get along with your much younger boss

If you haven’t seen the movie “The Intern,” starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, you should. It’s funny, and it’s a perfect example of the difference in how generations work – the pitfalls and the saving graces. Retired, recently...

 
 By Pam Cravez    News    July 1, 2017 

High levels of abuse in older Alaska women

One in nine Alaska women aged 60 and older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the past year, according to Dr. Andre Rosay, UAA Justice Center director. Results are based upon the Alaska Vi...

 
 By Mackenzie Stewart    News    July 1, 2017 

Center is a lifeline for Southeast caregivers

After the National Family Caregiver Support Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 2000, the Senior and Caregiver Resource Center based in Juneau began offering caregiver-specific resources to elders and...

 
 News    July 1, 2017 

Social Security experts answer your questions

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 (July 11 and 25), 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    News    June 1, 2017

Grandma, will you cosign a college loan for me?

You may think student loan debt is mostly for kids. But, think again. Kids are graduating from high school right about now, and looking toward college. And that might mean they’re looking to Grandma and Grandpa for help paying the bills, either...

 
 By Denise Knapp    News    June 1, 2017

Helping businesses better serve seniors

With the assistance of Debbie Rinckey and Kathy Day (two women well known in the public relations/advertising/print world around Anchorage), the Anchorage Senior Friendly Project (ASFP) is on its way to exploding by bringing businesses and seniors...

 
 By Mackenzie Stewart    News    June 1, 2017

Senior program funding in the state budget

During the last Alaska Commission on Aging legislative teleconference of the legislative session on May 17, members of the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA), helmed by ACoA Executive Director Denise Daniello, and ACoA health and social services plann...

 

Social Security experts answer your questions

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 (June 13 and 27), 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai Senior...

 
 By Koreen Mateaki    News    June 1, 2017

For Alzheimer's Awareness Month, learn and plan with loved ones

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a good time for Alaskans to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and talk with loved ones about options for care and maintaining love, laughter and social interaction in everyday life. Studies indicate that th...

 
 By Mackenzie Stewart    News    May 1, 2017

Aging and Disability Resource Centers offer various levels of assistance

Are you looking for resources that will allow you to maintain your independence as you age? Look no further than your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Servicing locations all over...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    May 1, 2017

Proposed budget cuts could severely curtail effective senior health care research and initiatives

The Trump administration has proposed slashing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, saying it is bloated with unnecessary expenses resulting in waste and abuse. It has also proposed to eliminate the independent status of the Agency for...

 
 By Mackenzie Stewart    News    May 1, 2017

Legislators work on senior services budget

The Senate Finance Health and Social Services Subcommittee closed out the operating budget for FY18 for the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Mar. 14. The Senate Subcommittee was able to reduce the DHSS budget by an additional 5...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    May 1, 2017

Imposter phone calls and utility scams

Imposter scams are on the rise – in fact, in 2016, according to the Consumer Sentinal Network, it ranked number two with 472 reported complaints by Alaska consumers, directly behind lottery/sweepstakes scams. Much of the time, these schemes are by...

 
 By Mari Quenemoen    News    May 1, 2017

Helping refugees face unique challenges

Editor's note: This is the sixth article in a series from the Diverse Elders Coalition, looking at different segments of the senior population. Cambodian American elders face many challenges similar t...

 
 News    May 1, 2017

Commission on Aging quarterly meeting, May 9

The Alaska Commission on Aging will conduct a quarterly meeting May 9 by way of videoconference and teleconference sites located around the state. Public participation is encouraged. The commission advocates for state policy, public and private...

 
 By Robin Schmidt    News    May 1, 2017

Expedited Social Security for veterans

On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of...

 
 By David Washburn    News    April 1, 2017

Bill requires doctors to post prices

A bill introduced this session in the Alaska state legislature would require health care providers to post medical care price information. The bill, HB 123, was sponsored by Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and co-sponsored by representatives Chris Tuck, Harriet...

 
 By Teresa Ambord    News    April 1, 2017

How safe are your bank deposits?

Anyone who’s seen what I consider the best movie ever made – “It’s a Wonderful Life” – will remember the bank run that nearly put the town of Bedford Falls six feet under. Quick thinking kept that from happening in Bedford Falls, but...

 
 By Steve Taylor    News    April 1, 2017

New senior rides partnership in Fairbanks

Editor’s note: This letter was mailed in February, announcing a new arrangement for providing senior rides in Fairbanks. Dear participant, parent or caregiver: I am writing to you today to let you know about a significant change to the way we...

 

Free workshops on retirement, Medicare in Kodiak, April 21-22

AARP Alaska will present a free “Secure Your Future” workshop on retirement and Medicare in Kodiak, April 21 and 22 at the Best Western Kodiak Inn. “Get Ready for Medicare,” presented by staff from the Alaska Medicare Information Office, will...

 

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...

 

Teleconferences help you keep up with legislature

Keep track of senior-related bills, budget decisions and other issues by listening in to the Alaska Commission on Aging Legislative Teleconferences. Hosted by local agencies statewide, and available by toll-free call-in, the teleconferences provide...

 

Interior Senior Companion program seeks volunteers

North Star Council on Aging, Fairbanks Senior Center and Senior Corps are very proud to announce the startup of our local Senior Companion Program. We were awarded a grant which makes this outstanding program possible and are currently rolling out...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    March 1, 2017

Drug Prices: What Can Trump Really Do?

In the fall of 2015, Martin Shkreli, the founder and former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, ignited a firestorm when his company raised the price of a little-known drug to treat toxoplasmosis to $750 a tablet from $13.50. Earlier that...

 

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