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 By Dylan Webb    OPAG    May 1, 2024 

Meet your Older Persons Action Group board of directors

Born in the heart of Anchorage and raised amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Willow, I developed a connection with the great outdoors from a young age. Fishing, hiking, four-wheeling, and...

 
 By Lisa Sauder    Local    May 1, 2024 

Alzheimer's resources offered year-round, thanks to support

Spring is a season of renewal, symbolizing hope, and growth. As snow melts away and nature awakens, its impact on Alaskans living with Alzheimer's and dementia and their caregivers is profound. The changing season may spark memories and enhance...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    News    May 1, 2024 

Alaskan veterans served and deserve services

In 2022, there were 53,692 veterans living in Alaska, making it the number one state with retired American military. While that's a 25.25 percent decrease since 2012, the statewide population total of 733,583 state population of that same year,...

 
 By Stephanie Wheeler    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Older Americans Month: In celebration of seniors everywhere

Older Americans Month is an annual celebration that serves as a platform to honor and appreciate the vital contributions that older persons play in our communities and in our society as a whole. Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrate...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    Local    May 1, 2024 

Cal Williams: A community activist comes to Alaska

Senior Voice contributor Lawrence Weiss sat down in late March for an interview with longtime Anchorage resident Cal Williams. Here is their Q&A. People often refer to you as a "community activist."...

 
 Health    May 1, 2024 

So many benefits with home cooking your meals

Shifting from processed to home-cooked meals offers numerous advantages, from improved nutritional quality to enriching personal and social experiences. Here's why making this change can be...

 
 Health    May 1, 2024 

Reacher/Grabber

Reacher/grabber tools help those who have trouble bending or those with limited mobility to pick up lightweight objects around the house. Each reacher/grabber has slight variations from length, head...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Creating a better doctor-patient experience

Q: When I see the doctor, I give them my symptoms over and over, but they are dismissive of my pains and concerns. What can I do? A: As adults age, it is crucial to take control of one’s health and w...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Medicare and federal employee benefits

This month’s article will focus on how Medicare may work with health benefits for federal employees, retirees and annuitants. Employees and retired employees of the federal government are eligible f...

 
 Health    May 1, 2024 

Spring health fairs around the state

Alaska Health Fair has been delivering health fairs and affordable comprehensive blood screenings since 1980. May is the final month of our spring health fair season. After that, we will go on a short break and begin work on fall health fairs. Now...

 
 News    May 1, 2024 

Do you know how well you fit your car?

Older drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road. They're more likely to wear seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink while driving. Still, they're more likely to get hurt in a crash. As...

 
 By John Schieszer    Columns    May 1, 2024 

AI-powered chatbots are changing medicine

A chatbot app to quit smoking Researchers in Seattle, Wash. have now developed an artificial intelligence (AI) -powered chatbot app called QuitBot to help more people successfully quit smoking cigaret...

 
 By The Alaska Club    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Quick tips for pickleball improvement

Amy Poehler said "Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun". In addition to improving your balance, coordination, cardiovascular health and strength, pickleball is fun and along the way you can ma...

 
 Health    May 1, 2024 

Free support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold support group meetings at the following locations: May 3, Soldotna Senior Center Guest speaker Janice Nightingale from Hospice of Central Peninsula, 1 to 2 p.m. May 14, Kenai Senior...

 

Household tips for a safer spring

Spring has sprung and the blooming flowers, buzzing bees, biting mosquitoes and trip hazards abound as you can finally get out of the house more often. With a few simple preparations, you can enjoy...

 
 By Maraley McMichael    Columns    May 1, 2024 

The garage sale to end them all

For three days in mid May 2022, I held my seventh and final garage sale. (The first was in 1975 in Fairbanks, before we moved to California.) My husband, Gary, and I conducted all the previous ones...

 
 News    May 1, 2024 

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet May 15

The Alaska Commission on Aging with hold a quarterly meeting in Valdez on May 15 at the Valdez Convention and Civic Center. The event will be in-person, online via Zoom and by teleconference, starting at 8:30 a.m., breaking for an hour at noon, and...

 

Strange sight soars over Teller

The people of Nome were planning a grand celebration in mid-May 1926. They'd decorated their fine city, set up committees, arranged receptions and lined up wagon teams to take school children to the a...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Actor David Selby's mom was a big fan

Born and raised in West Virginia, David Selby's extensive film, television and stage career included prominent roles in two very different TV shows in different generations: ABC's gothic soap opera...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Why is it so hard to find a lawyer in Alaska?

In the movie “War of the Roses”, a lawyer (played by Danny DeVito) mentions that he charges $450 per hour. This was in 1989, but even then, as a young attorney just starting out, the number see...

 
 By Bob Delaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Two-factor authentication explained

Q. What is two-factor authentication? A. The most common authentication method uses an account name and a password. That has been true since the earliest days of computing. The account name/password combination is considered a single factor...

 
 By Laurel Downing Bill    Travel    May 1, 2024 

A bucketlist journey to South America

First in a four-part series. Ever since Don and I said "we do" in Fairbanks in November 1973, my sweetie and I have been talking about taking a trip to South America to see Machu Picchu, the...

 
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 OPAG    May 1, 2024 

Older Persons Action Group, Inc.

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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