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Articles from the February 1, 2014 edition

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The search is on for Alaska's Outstanding Senior Volunteer

Every day, Alaska senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior...

 
 By Theda Pittman    News    February 1, 2014

Rural elder mentor program to resume

Alaska's Elder Mentor/Foster Grandparent program is resuming service under new funding through the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP). Lower income elders and seniors who...

 

Get out of town

One winter, I was sitting in Takhini Hot Springs, a bit north of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, talking to a family from Anchorage there with their daughter for a ballet audition. “Where are you...

 

Iditawalk becoming an annual fitness adventure in Chugiak

"I see a lot of seniors who have done something right. Many are fit and active into their 80s and 90s." Betty Burke shares this positive assessment when reflecting on her position as Health Outreach...

 

Free tax assistance available at sites around the state

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax...

 

Choose medical alert services carefully

Medical alert devices are a beneficial life saving tool that can assist seniors in the event of a fall, and/or medical emergency. With a properly set up system, assistance can be dispatched within minutes. Most seniors want to live at home and keep...

 

Anchorage Senior Friendly Project is launched

Mabel T. Caverly Senior Center is pleased to announce that membership is now available in the Anchorage Senior Friendly Project. This is the center’s newest program After five-plus years of planning, and with the assistance of the Older Persons...

 

Alaskans should not have to pay higher air fees

Editor’s note: This press statement was received on Jan. 27, 2014. Alaska and Hawaii’s Congressional delegations today introduced legislation that would exempt residents of the two states – and communities that rely on essential air service as...

 

Advice about saving your marriage is often wrong, expert says

The lifelong probability of a marriage ending in divorce is between 40 and 50 percent, according to PolitiFact.com’s estimates. Couples in trouble often seek advice from friends, family and counselors. But global marriage expert Mort Fertel, creato...

 

Keeping up with the Medicare Information Office

President Reagan's quote, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help," is often used to disparage the "help" offered by many bureaucrats; but it's a completely different feeling when you call or...

 

Spring health fairs coming to a location near you

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. begins its spring series of health fairs this month, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The tests can help you learn about your health and detect potential problems early, when...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    February 1, 2014

An invitation to become more socially, politically engaged

A little history today. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that he was starting a “War on Poverty.” Several of the most forward thinking citizens of Anchorage decided that they would...

 

Asbestos exposure risk can linger for decades

Let me begin by thanking the readers who contacted the Senior Voice concerning last month’s article. I hope our senior veterans will find this month’s topic on mesothelioma in the 60-plus year old age group useful to themselves or a loved one. If...

 

Low vision clinics to be held March 4-7 in Kodiak

Is vision loss causing you to have trouble keeping up with activities you used to enjoy? This March in Kodiak, find out how a functional low vision screening and daily living tips can improve your life. Discover specialized magnifiers and other...

 

Promising research on breast cancer, Alzheimer's

Tomatoes potent in fighting breast cancer Eating a diet rich in tomato and tomato products may help protect against breast cancer. A new study by researchers in Ohio has found that eating a diet high...

 

State waives flu vaccine fees

In an effort to encourage more Alaskans to get immunized against the flu, the Alaska Division of Public Health will continue waiving the standard $28 administrative fee for the flu vaccine at all state public health centers in Alaska and at the...

 

Don't let the hospital discharge you too soon

Judging by the complaints to the Long Term Care Ombudsman, many Medicare beneficiaries and their families do not realize they have rights during the hospital discharge process. These rights are meant...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following meetings and trainings in February. Because this is National Heart Month, caregiver trainings will focus on being heart healthy. Feb. 4, Caregiver training at Sterling Senio...

 

The fantastic Fur Rendezvous of 1938

Dorothy Dickson McLaren, child-resident of Alaska and daughter of one of the state's pioneer bush pilots, recently glimpsed a picture taken from the 1938 Fur Rendezvous. Memories of that wonderful...

 

Donations brighten the holidays for Native elders

For Alaska Native Elders and those with disabilities living in nursing and assisted living homes in Anchorage, the holidays are often spent away from family, friends and loved ones. Thanks to a...

 
 By Theda Pittman    News    February 1, 2014

Prepare early for Anchorage elections

Anchorage’s April 1 municipal election will include six assembly seats, two board seats and bond and ballot issues. Although April 1 may seem far away on the calendar, new voters need to register 30 days before the election, by Sunday, March 2....

 

Community forum Feb. 11 in Juneau

Members of the Alaska Commission on Aging will gather in Juneau, Feb. 10-13, for the quarterly commission meeting and to hold a community forum at the Juneau Senior Center. The commission meeting will be held in the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation...

 

Iceworm Festival becomes part of Cordova lore

Cordova's Iceworm, the brain child of Ohmer Waer in 1960, was a gallant effort to attract tourists to Cordova and combat midwinter doldrums. Waer, manager of the historic old Windsor Hotel, looked...

 

Actress Julie Adams revisits the Black Lagoon

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1950s film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tig...

 

When doing it yourself can cost much more

Dear Jonathan: I am naming my sister as one of my beneficiaries in my last will and testament. I am signing the will at my home since it is hard for me to get out. I know I need to have two witnesses. My question is whether my sister can act as one o...

 

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