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Articles from the January 1, 2014 edition

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 By Teresa Ambord    News    January 1, 2014

New habits: in with the good, out with the bad

There are all kinds of advice out there about how to break bad habits or form good ones. Not to mention that we’re all adults and probably know what we need to do anyway. Habits are part of us. They make us the people we are, for better or worse....

 

Free brown bag educational series in Anchorage

The Anchorage Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is offering a free “Brown Bag” educational series, with guest presentations from various senior-related agencies. The presentations take place on the second Tuesday of each month, noon to...

 
 By Theda Pittman    News    January 1, 2014

Fares increase for Anchorage bus riders

Anchorage seniors ride the People Mover buses at half the cost of others on board. But all fares have been raised effective New Year's Day. The fare schedule has also been simplified so that...

 

Research investment should focus on slowing the aging process

A new study involving several universities indicates that research into the delay of aging would have a better payoff than advances in such fatal diseases as cancer and heart problems. Even modest gains in the scientific comprehension of how to slow...

 

Alaskans benefit from a sound federal budget

Prior to construction of the Alaska oil pipeline, Alaska’s economy was principally financed with federal monies. The federal government still provides substantial funding to the state in the form of federal land control, military personnel and faci...

 
 By Mike Dryden    Columns    January 1, 2014

New column will focus on health care for veterans

Beginning with the next issue of Senior Voice, I will contribute a monthly article on veteran health care in Alaska. As a current consumer of VA, Medicare and Tricare, I am in a unique position to report from the ground on the quality of care...

 

AARP Alaska outlines its legislative priorities

Advocacy efforts for AARP state offices cover national, state, and local issues in accordance with AARP’s established policy guidelines. While the national office sets priorities for all state offices, each state also has flexibility to define...

 

Older Alaskans deserve an expanded Medicaid

Governor Sean Parnell’s refusal to expand Medicaid that would cover 41,000 Alaskans is a bitter pill for older Alaskans. Of the 41,000 people who would have gained health coverage under this opportunity, over 11,000, or nearly 30 percent, are...

 

Legislative teleconferences track senior bills

Did you know that the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) monitored a total of 45 bills and resolutions and actively supported 25 pieces of legislation that affected seniors during the FY2013 legislative session? We also provided committee testimony...

 

Alzheimer's workshops offered in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Sitka

Early registration is open for a one-day workshop on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, to be offered in February in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Sitka. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, the interactive workshop, titled...

 

Looking ahead to February health fairs

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. begins its next series of health fairs (we won’t call them spring health fairs yet) with four events in February, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The tests can help you learn...

 
 By Jane Weibe    Health    January 1, 2014

Alaskan shares memorable moments of Alzheimer's care

Taking care of a parent or aging family member is part of daily life for thousands of Alaskans; it is a task that poses great challenges but also rewards those who accept the challenges with many memorable moments. In a writing contest held by the...

 

Looking ahead to February health fairs

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. begins its next series of health fairs (we won’t call them spring health fairs yet) with four events in February, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The tests can help you learn...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    January 1, 2014

Medicare, low-income subsidies and retiree benefits

Well, we made it through another chaotic year and I wish you all a new and happier year to come. There is some good news to report, although it is not earth-shaking. Social Security is giving all its...

 
 By Ron Pollack    Health    January 1, 2014

Medicare in 2014: What you need to know

It’s the start of a new year, which is a time of review and reflection for many people. Now is also a good time to look at the Medicare changes that will happen this year, and a good time to talk about Medicare as an important source of health cove...

 

New research on dementia, nutrition, kidney transplants

Lowering your risk for dementia A good New Year’s resolution may be to simply exercise more and make sure you do not have high blood pressure. Just taking those two simple steps may significantly he...

 

Sign up now for free retirement planning seminar in February

While we all look forward to retirement, retirement isn’t always ready for us. There are ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the time that you do retire. Older Persons Action Group will offer a free, informative seminar Feb. 12 at...

 
 By Diana Weber    Columns    January 1, 2014

Take steps to reduce caregiver confrontation

When an aging parent begins to fail, adult children often must step in to make arrangements for care. The opportunities for family conflict are enormous. Old rivalries between siblings are...

 

Tales of newspaper delivery are a trip back in time

Bill pulled his hat over his ears. He fastened his jacket shut. Then he hurried along the dark, wintry streets, so that 105 customers received their Anchorage Daily Times, quickly. The rushing warmed...

 

These Olympics will engage your brain

How much information can the human brain absorb? The answer may be put to the test at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center’s Third Annual Brain Olympics, Jan. 15. The event has proved very popular and gets bigger every year, organizers say. This...

 

Free legal help with landlord or tenant issues

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is offering free Landlord/Tenant legal clinics in Anchorage on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Rec Center, 1121 E. 10th Avenue. There is no fee or pre-registration required,...

 

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