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Senior Companions at work in Fairbanks, Delta Junction

A new program in Interior Alaska is helping both senior volunteers and the seniors they serve. The goal is to help people stay in their own homes as long as possible. The Senior Companion Program...

 

Kenai Peninsula senior centers collaborate to serve

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Senior Center directors meet bi-annually to discuss common issues in senior services, sharing challenges and successes. Together, we create efficient and unduplicated senio...

 

Veterans service award goes to Severson

Congratulations to Anchorage's Gordon Severson, selected for this year's Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award. From an Alaska Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs Nov. 16 press statement for the...

 

New museum exhibit a treat for Haines

Haines Seniors toured the new exhibit at Haines Sheldon Museum, "Everything From Afar Drifts Ashore," following a sack lunch at noon on Nov. 2.  The exhibit's well-arranged photos and captions that...

 

Twins and their tales draw large following

For many of their dedicated fans, identical twins Julie and Miki Collins are frozen in time. After all, they have been writing books and weekly newspaper columns about their subsistence lifestyle for...

 

Holiday bazaars and craft fairs

Soldotna Senior Center Fall Bazaar and Art Show, Nov. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peruse arts and crafts from various vendors and enjoy refreshments for purchase from our kitchen. Call 262-2322 for more information. Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center...

 

Food stains and memories

While growing up in Glennallen, I was involved in 4-H and took several classes including basic sewing. The year I turned eleven (1966), I decided to make cloth placemats and napkins for our family of...

 

Veterans Week returns to Anchorage senior center

Honor Veterans Day at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center with “Celebrate Senior Veterans Week,” a week filled with information, recreation, companionship and remembrance. Here is the schedule, Monday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 9: Nov. 6...

 

Elders, youth work together for active leadership

Sometimes, it's best to just sit down and talk. Ask tough questions, listen to the answers with an open mind, and share opinions about the future. Young and old, facing each other in a platform of...

 

A leader in fitness, advocacy and community

Joe Pichler is a lifelong Alaskan. His parents Norman Pichler and Barbara Henry were true pioneers in Alaska in many ways. Norman was involved in the Alaska Mountain Rescue group and avalanche...

 

Summer's a wrap in Cooper Landing

We've had a great 2017 summer at Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corporation Inc. (CLSCCI) in spite of the often rainy weather (alas Eclipse Day 21 August was clouded in and raining). So great in fact...

 

Celebrating a special Alaska Day milestone

Every year, Sitka hosts the Alaska Day Festival, and 2017’s theme, "Sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession," marks the 150th anniversary of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on Oct. 18, 1867. Starting Oct. 10, official...

 

Volunteers offer household help and much more

After a year of experience, how are we doing? We're loving it! Aging at Home Fairbanks (AAH) is a membership organization for older adults. It connects members with each other and the resources they...

 

Anchorage quilt show highlights local talent

The 2017 Great Alaska Quilt Show, sponsored by the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters Guild, will be held at the ConocoPhillips Alaska Atrium at 700 G Street, September 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

 

These silvers are pure gold

Oohs, ahs and thank you's could be heard from every corner of the Mat-Su Senior Services dining room as Palmer senior citizens savored what has become an annual event: Silvers for Seniors. Now in its...

 

Serious fun and games in Fairbanks

The 2017 Alaska International Senior Games (AISG), held Aug. 11 through 21 in Fairbanks, will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies and Gala Games at Pioneer Park Civic Center on Aug. 11, 6 p.m. The...

 

Anchorage seniors stretch their minds at Socrates Cafe

It's 10 a.m. on Friday at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center and time for Socrates Cafe, a weekly discussion group assembled to do some serious thinking and have fun doing it. This week 10 people...

 

State fairs are on the way

Tanana Valley State Fair is from Aug. 4-13 in Fairbanks. Senior admission (age 60 and older) is $20 for a Senior Season Pass and $5 for a Senior Daily Pass. Free admission for seniors on Senior Day...

 

Awards for Long Term Care Ombudsman team

On May 31, Governor Walker announced the 2017 Governor's Denali Peak Performance Award winners. Alvin Ancheta, Leana Christy and Lisa Gowdy from the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman won the...

 

New senior housing on the way in Mat-Su

Vista Rose Senior Apartments, a 78-unit low income tax credit development being constructed by the Pacific Companies and Valley Residential Services, is scheduled to complete the first phase of the...

 

Love letters inspire book on building of Alaska highway

Dennis and Christine McClure, authors of "We Fought the Road," a book about the building of the Alaska-Canada Highway, will hold a book signing at the University of Alaska Anchorage book store on...

 

July is festival season in Alaska

Girdwood Forest Fair, July 7-9. Features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainment from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off with the parade at 10 a.m. on Sat., July 8. www.Girdwoodforestfair.com Eagle Riv...

 

What can I leave my kids and friends?

Inheritance is an interesting package. Most of us have had something left to us from family: grandma's apple pie recipe, granddad's tools, an old guitar, a chest of drawers, even a small piece of...

 

Something new at any age

At the age of 101, Bettie Upright continues to show her courage to try something new. In 2016, Bettie expanded her sports of Bocce and bowling in the Alaska International Senior Games to include...

 

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