Why Medicare/Medicaid Code 99483 matters

As the Alzheimer's Association Alaska Chapter, our mission is to improve the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We continuously advocate for comprehensive care services that address the diverse needs...

Alzheimer's in Alaska: Understanding the impact

The journey of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is filled with challenges, both emotional and logistical. The recent release of the Alzheimer's Association's 2024 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report sheds...

Appreciation for Alaskans who volunteer

If you have a special talent or skill that may benefit a charity or organization, then now may be the ideal to offer your services or ask how you can be of help. April is National Volunteer Month...

ATLA virtual expo and open house, April 17

ATLA, Assistive Technology of Alaska, will present a “virtual expo,” followed by on-site activities in celebration of National Assistive Technology Awareness Day on April 17. The Virtual Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with presentations on...

Use this guide for a successful garage sale

Are your garage, basement and closets overflowing from the heaps of stuff you've been saving 'just in case'? If so, it may be time to put those languishing piles to good use-in someone else's home....

Here are the top 5 scams in Alaska

The Federal Trade Commission recently shared its 2023 fraud report, “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2023.” I looked at the data for Alaska and was shocked to see that 6,456 Alaskans reported losing 20.5 million dollars in 2023. Impostor...

Medicare counseling by phone

I am a Certified Medicare Counselor working under SHIP. My office is in the Soldotna Senior Center, but I serve the state via phone. If you are local, I can help you as a walk-in. I am here Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays,...

Genealogy seminar in Anchorage, May 4

The Anchorage Genealogical Society will hold its annual Spring Seminar on May 4 at the Loussac Library Event Center, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The featured speakers will be Alison and Tom Taylor, owners of “Pictures and Stories” from Utah. Sessions...

Hardship assistance available in Juneau

Juneau residents age 65 and older are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Senior Citizen Hardship Tax Programs, offering assistance through the Senior Citizen Real Property Hardship Exemption and the Senior Citizen Sales Tax Hardship Rebate. Both...

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

Dear Savvy Senior: Who should be screened for lung cancer and how is it covered by Medicare? I used to smoke but quit many years ago and am wondering if I need to be tested. – Just Turned 65. Dear Just Turned: Even if you haven’t touched a...

Assistive Gizmo of the Month

This month we highlight two gizmos at once -electric can and jar openers. Set the electric can opener on the can and press the button to start. It will cut cleanly around the side of the can leaving...

Free health services in Anchorage, Fairbanks

Local residents are invited to take advantage of free health services provided by Remote Area Medical (RAM) USA at events in April in Anchorage and Fairbanks. RAM USA is a non-profit organization providing free healthcare to underserved and remote...

Dementia 101: Brain health and you

Understanding brain health is crucial for everyone, as it impacts our daily lives, our future, and the well-being of our loved ones. Dementia isn't a single disease, but an umbrella term that captures a wide array of specific medical conditions,...

Health fairs happening this month

Here is a schedule of upcoming Alaska Health Fair, Inc. events, featuring comprehensive blood screenings. Prices start at $20. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.alaskahealthfair.org. Or simply walk-in at any event. April...

Study finds brain improvements from practicing yoga

Music’s healing properties: Don’t worry be happy Whether it’s singing in a choir, playing the living room piano, joining in hymns at church, or just whistling along with the radio, a new poll...

Free support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following support group meetings in March: April 2, Tyotkas Elder Center, open discussion, 1 to 2 p.m. April 5, Soldotna Senior Center, open discussion, 1 to 2 p.m. April 16, Kenai...

Reevaluating Alzheimer's treatments

Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder, which presents with impaired cognition, and diminished quality of life for the patient but ultimately even more so for the caregivers. Prominent Alzheimer’s researcher Alexandra...

Fountain pens will make you smarter

Yes, using fountain pens will make you smarter. Also, it turns out that using pencils and ballpoints will make you smarter too. However, I want to talk about fountain pens in particular because they...

Understanding the phases of Part D coverage

Prescription Drug Plan coverage is a valued element within Medicare. Known more commonly as Part D of Medicare, these policies are offered by privately managed insurance companies, and regulated both...

Empowered responses: Dealing with condescending remarks

Q: How do I handle rude, hurtful or condescending comments by family members or people who are part of my care team? A: In our daily interactions, we occasionally encounter individuals who seem to...

Spring cleaning for wildfire safety

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, it's the perfect time to tackle some spring cleaning around your home. This yearly tradition is not just about tidying up; it's also a good way to...

Alaska, chickens and their $35 dinner

Back in the spring of 1992, my husband Gary and I decided we wanted to raise homegrown chickens to eat, something we'd done twice before. But this time he also wanted some egg layers, so in addition...

Vices abound in Anchorage's early history

The seeds of Alaska's biggest city were planted in April 1915 when the federal government authorized construction of a new railroad to connect Interior Alaska to tidewater in Seward and hundreds of...

Diane Baker remembers TCM host Robert Osborne

The 15th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is scheduled for April 18-21, in Hollywood. Canceled for a couple of years due to the pandemic, no one was more pleased to attend the festival when it...

It may be time for a legal spring cleaning

Sometimes the near future is predictable, and sometimes it ain't. I was planning to write another column about the filing requirements which would apply to nearly all small corporations and LLCs...

Videotape converter, air purifiers, and laptop advice

Q. I have a box of videotapes from the 80s and 90s that I would like to preserve on my computer. What do I need to make this happen? A. This is easy to do once you have all the pieces you need. The...

Retired teachers take to the road

When Road Scholar put out its recent call for retired teachers and their guests to take a tour of the Italian Riviera or Nova Scotia, the response lagged and both tours were thrown open to everyone....

Alaska Airlines offers new program (Will not replace Club 49)

Whew! That was a close one—for now. Alaska Airlines’ new program, “Alaska Access,” will not replace Alaskans’ cherished Club 49 Alaskans-only free program for now. Club 49 includes two free checked bags, as well as for anyone else on the...

Meet your Older Persons Action Group board of directors

I think the snowy winters in Michigan, where I was raised, prepared me for Alaska. After 40 years in Alaska, I considered myself an Alaskan and Anchorage is home. I came to Alaska in the late 1970s...

Older Persons Action Group

Established in 1968, OPAG is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving services, developing programs, educating, promoting and implementing changes to help Alaska seniors live healthy, productive lives. Current programs: - publish...

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