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Alaska Commission on Aging Zoom updates on senior bills

Update, March 24, 2022: The time for the teleconferences has been changed to afternoons, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Here's is the link for the March 24 legislative teleconference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9672806987?pwd=TFFudFRpRittWTF1VDNaWDUxeDVaZz09 Keep tra...

 

Nominations sought for Anchorage community service award

Do you know someone whose outstanding service, dedication and leadership have had a significant impact on the quality of life for seniors in Anchorage? The Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the Annual Ron...

 

Learn all about the Anchorage library at Age Smart forum, March 8

“Age Smart – Let’s Talk”, the series of forums sponsored by AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, returns March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are currently held virtually on the internet, using...

 

Guard your Social Security card: Protect what's important to you

The Social Security Administration encourages you not to carry your Social Security card with you every day. The best way to “Guard Your Card” is to keep it in a safe place and share it only when required. In fact, in most cases, just knowing...

 

Beyond COVID: When do we get back to normal?

A couple of years ago we had a normal life. Since then, we’ve had a pandemic. No matter what our life was like then, it is now more isolated, more lonely, more expensive, more fearful. When do we get back to normal? I have wishful thinking, but...

 
 By Marge Stoneking    News    March 1, 2022

AARP Alaska priorities for legislative session

The Alaska Legislature began the second of a two-year session on January 18, 2022, hitting the ground running since members were already seated in their committees and leadership positions (unlike the 2021 delay in getting organized into majority...

 

Older workers coming into their own

Q: What are my chances of finding work over age 60? A: Amid the disruptive loss of jobs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been one counterbalancing force: An urgent demand for older...

 

Clinical trials in Alaska focus on colon cancer

Editor's note: This story has been updated, with corrections. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and there are ways you can help find a cure. We are at the age when we know of someone who is suffering or has died from colon cancer,...

 

Free Medicare counseling for Alaskans

Hello, my name is Lee Coray-Ludden, I am a Medicare counselor based at the Soldotna Senior Center. I serve Southeast Alaska, and anywhere else in Alaska that my skills can be of use. I almost feel like I am traveling Alaska having worked with people...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    March 1, 2022

Medicare decisions when you have other coverage

Medicare-related decisions can be quite challenging, especially when you or your spouse areabout to turn age 65, during your Initial Enrollment Period. The decisions can be even more complicated when you have other health insurance coverage....

 
 By Emily Kane    Health    March 1, 2022

Foods and strategies to aid gut function

Finding your best food plan and sticking to it will prolong your life and greatly increase your wellbeing. It's hard to be cheerful with a distressed gut. Gut and brain tissue originates from the...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2022

Robot performs first solo laparoscopic surgery

It’s a new era when it comes to robotics. Researchers are reporting that a robot has performed laparoscopic surgery without the guiding hand of a human. Designed by a team of Johns Hopkins...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program office is located at 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 205 (located in the 4D Professional Building). You can call them at 907-262-1280 or email kpfcsp@soldotnaseniors.com. The program will hold...

 

Alaska health fairs are springing up

March is a busy month for all Alaskans and spring is just around the corner, so many of us are experiencing “spring fever”. Mother Nature gives us little hints that we don’t have long to wait, such as increasing daylight, warmer temperatures,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    March 1, 2022

COVID-19 can increase risk of shingles

Dear Savvy Senior: How effective is the shingles vaccine and what is the CDC recommendation for getting it? My older brother and sister, both in their fifties, got COVID a few months back followed by shingles. Do you know if there is a connection...

 

March day trip turned hazardous for hunters

Editor's note: Al Clayton, who died in 2008, wrote this story about a cold misadventure. It's been edited and submitted by his daughter and Senior Voice Correspondent Maraley McMichael. I made a...

 

Senior property tax exemption deadlines near

Alaska seniors age 65 and older can receive a tax exemption on the first $150,000 of the value of their home, thanks to the state-mandated Senior and Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. Different municipalities around the state have different...

 
 By Britteny Howell    Local    March 1, 2022

Learning improv comedy to become a better caregiver

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA) is teaming up with University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage’s improvisational comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, to bring a new opportunity to family caregivers of someone with dementia. This free six...

 

How the city of Seward got its name

In March, Alaskans celebrate Seward's Day in honor of the man who succeeded in persuading the United States to buy Alaska from the Russians. And there are many landmarks named after President...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2022

Hollywood journey rewarding, challenging for Sharon Gless

Not even a youthful warning from her grandfather, a powerful entertainment attorney during the Golden Age of film, could prevent Sharon Gless from attempting the journey to Hollywood. Neil S....

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    March 1, 2022

It ain't a Personal Flotation Device

When I was a kid, I lived for a while in a town near Brazil. Not the big country down in South America, but the small town of Brazil, Indiana. What was strange about the place was that they...

 

Slowdowns, iPhone mute switch, and Google Fi

Q. My computer is seven years old. Everything seems normal when it first starts up, but the longer I use it, the slower it runs. After an hour, the wait is awful. Restarting returns it to normal, but the slowdown repeats. Help! A. This is a...

 
 By Jim Lavrakas    Travel    March 1, 2022

Add pickleball to your Hawaii itinerary

Playing Pickleball in Hawaii is just what you'd think: Pleasant weather, tropical breezes, and usually a wonderful, welcoming group of people to play with. It can also be a place where you take the...

 

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