Articles written by Dana Paperman

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  • Seward and walking poles: A beautiful match

    Dana Paperman, For Senior Voice|Jul 1, 2020

    With senior centers closed during the coronavirus pandemic, senior centers have been forced to make adjustments to their supported fitness programs, whether via ZOOM classes or taking activities outside into the open air. Fortunately, summer has arrived with blue skies, intermittent rain in some neighborhoods, and the aroma of leaves bursting with new life. Daily walking can bring new life to seniors, as they are now coming out of forced self-isolation, in search of reconnecting with their...

  • Volunteers deserve every bit of appreciation

    Dana Paperman, For Senior Voice|Apr 1, 2019

    The decorations made and hung by volunteers. Check. Treat bags filled with fine chocolates and table displayed, completed by volunteers. Check. Front desk volunteer arrives early (first time!) to assist in welcoming volunteers. Check. We are prepared to give back a hearty meal, a sweet treat and celebrate those that find purpose in supporting programs that add value to a senior's life. Volunteer board members shoot photos to capture celebrating volunteers. Check. The dishwasher broke down hours...

  • A tribute to Seward's American Legion, Post 5

    Dana Paperman, For Senior Voice|Feb 1, 2019

    The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919, as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Leg...

  • Tai chi instructors certified to train Alaskans

    Dana Paperman, For Senior Voice|May 1, 2018

    In partnership with the State of Alaska, Dept. of Health and Social Services, the Seward, Kenai and Fairbanks senior centers sponsored educational workshops to "train the trainer" in Tai Chi For Arthritis and Falls Prevention, during a two day intensive workshop, certifying 15 new instructors in the state of Alaska. These instructors are committed to teaching in their local area communities, between Fairbanks and Juneau, and all the way to the western shore of Homer. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fa...

  • Kenai Peninsula senior centers collaborate to serve

    Dana Paperman, For Senior Voice|Dec 1, 2017

    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 senior services, assisting seniors in maintaining independent and quality lives. October's meeting brought three new leaders to the table, after long time directors Jan Fena (Soldotna), Rachael Craig (Kenai) and Ron Sloan (Cooper Landing) retired, taking with them an accumulation of 70 years in senior se...