Articles written by Sarana Schell

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  • Transition program eases return home

    Sarana Schell, Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services|Apr 1, 2016

    A limited income can trap some Alaskans in nursing or extended care, even when they're ready to return home or transition to assisted living. Fortunately, a state program can help people move to a lower level of care. The Nursing Facility Transition Program can pay one-time costs to remove barriers to returning home, such as the need for a wheelchair ramp, or a deposit to move into an assisted living home. To qualify, Alaskans must be 65 and older, or 21 and older with a physical disability,...

  • Anchorage is celebrating its 100th birthday with theater

    Sarana Schell, For Senior Voice|Jul 1, 2015

    From a tent city in a U.S. territory, Anchorage has grown to an official All-American City and international hub in the 49th state. Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse is celebrating the phenomenal amount of change with an equally sweeping theater project: 10 plays, one per decade, over 10 weeks. The first show is in the first week of July. Local residents and their visitors will know the big stops on the timeline from 1915 to 2015 ­– statehood, the Good Friday earthquake, the Trans-Alaska pi...

  • Ten plays in 10 weeks dramatize Anchorage history

    Sarana Schell, For Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2015

    A once-in-a-century theater project is set to run in downtown Anchorage this July through September at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, 4th Avenue and D Street. “Anchorage: The First 100 Years – A Theatrical Tour,” will feature a different team of director and actors each week for 10 weeks, with each week covering a decade in Anchorage’s history. Cyrano’s says its centennial celebration is a series of “living newspapers,” featuring the stories and colorful characters who helped shape Anchorage. The series will include authentic period music an...

  • Scammers have gone high-tech, experts warn

    Sarana Schell, Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services|Oct 1, 2013

    For tech-savvy fraudsters, Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends are like beacons, said Scott Sterling of the state Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance. Sterling was one of several speakers at a Sept. 20 resource fair for vulnerable adults at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center, organized by the state Adult Protective Services. Sterling and investigators with the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit gave tips on stopping scammers, and reported successes in apprehending them. “It’s faster and cheaper for crooks to use the Internet” than mail or...