Articles from the March 1, 2024 edition

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 By Amanda Biggs    OPAG    March 1, 2024

Meet your Older Persons Action Group board of directors

I am one of the Older Persons Action Group's newer board members, and would like to provide a brief introduction. I am a lifelong Alaskan, who completed both my Bachelor's and Master's degree at UAA...

 
 By Roseann Freitas    News    March 1, 2024

Be mindful when gifting services, enrollments

If you’re considering purchasing a subscription service as a gift, there are a few things you need to know before you start. Whether you're looking to elevate someone’s entertainment, simplify their mealtime, or pamper them with the latest tre...

 
 By Marianne Mills    News    March 1, 2024

Alaska senior services network urges legislative support

Editor’s note: AGEnet President Marianne Mills testified to the Alaska State Senate Finance Committee in Juneau on Feb. 20. Here is the text of her testimony. My name is Marianne Mills and I am the president of AGEnet, Alaska’s association of sen...

 
 By Teresa Holt    Columns    March 1, 2024

We can help Alaskans save for retirement

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The more money you have for retirement, the more choices you have as you age. This year AARP Alaska is focusing on helping people young and old prepare to be financially fit i...

 

Caregiving: Is there an app for that?

Q: I care for three other people and am having difficulty tracking medical appointments and medication management for each of them. Are there any useful apps for my phone that could help me? A: In...

 

Battling Alzheimer's using vaccinations, ultrasound

Vaccinations may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease There now may be new steps a person can take to lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Getting your recommended routine vaccinations may provide hidden health benefits, according...

 

Monitoring and notifications with the SMPL Wander Alert

For individuals who would like notifications when motion is detected in their home, when a door is open, or if someone is in need of assistance, an alerting device can be helpful. The SMPL Wander...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    March 1, 2024

Medicare and your right to appeal a discharge

If you or a loved one are receiving in-patient medical care, there comes a time when that care will end. Hopefully, this is because the patient is ready for discharge, but sometimes, the patient is...

 

Colon cancer prevention, symptoms, and lifestyle tips

It's March again, the month when we ditch our winter blues, welcome springtime, and ... talk about colon cancer? It's not the most thrilling topic for a conversation starter, but knowledge is power and in this case, it could be lifesaving for you or...

 

Health fairs happening in March

March health fairs feature health education and affordable comprehensive blood tests. See the entire schedule and pricing at www.alaskahealthfair.org, with more events being added as arrangements are made. Schedule an appointment online or simply...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2024

Robotics technologies for Parkinson's disease

New wearable robotics for Parkinson’s disease “Freezing,” a temporary, involuntary inability to move, is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a neurode...

 

Center for the Blind clinics, home visits in Fairbanks

Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Elijah Haines, pictured, will conduct two low-vision clinics in Fairbanks, March 11 and 12, at the Golden Towers Building. A certified orientation...

 

Free support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following support group meetings in March: March 1, Soldotna Senior Center, discussing direct services models, 1 to 2 p.m. March 5, Tyotkas Elder Center, open discussion, 1 to 2 p.m....

 

Social Security and government impostors

Do you know how to spot a government impostor scam? We continue to raise public awareness about Social Security-related and other government imposter scams during the fifth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 7, 2024. Knowing how to identify potentia...

 

Staying steady as spring approaches

Falling down is no joke it's a serious threat for many people. But with some simple precautions, you can keep your balance and stay upright. I've slipped up a few times myself, so I've learned some...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    News    March 1, 2024

Sexual abuse and Alaska's elders: What to know

According to the National Council on Aging, five million individuals over age 65 experience sexual abuse each year, but such trauma remains the least-reported of all sexual violence. In Alaska, where sexual assault remains high (three or four times...

 
 By Janet Warner    Columns    March 1, 2024

Enjoy more pickleball with proper shoes, warmups

We need each other. When your "peeps" are part of a fun activity, it's like a double shot of happiness. Movement and meaningful interactions. It's more than just the people or just the activity, it's...

 

Basketball memories run deep in Alaska

In the fall of 2002, my husband and I attended a Pioneers of Alaska Convention dinner for 400 people in the gym of Monroe High School in Fairbanks. A Glennallen Panther banner hung on the wall along...

 
 By Lisa Pajot    Columns    March 1, 2024

The songbirds of winter

Imagine being a tiny songbird who flies across thousands of miles of boreal forest, facing frigid temperatures and snowstorms, searching for the next crop of birch or spruce seeds. All the while...

 

March for Meals in Fairbanks

Fairbanks Senior Center’s annual March fundraising campaign returns this year, with a goal to raise $100,000 to fight hunger and isolation. The month-long March for Meals campaign supports Meals on Wheels, which last year delivered 60,000 meals to s...

 

Mr. Whitekeys' new act

Perhaps you remember those nights in the Fly By Night Club watching Mr. Whitekeys' "Whale Fat Follies" or "Christmas in Spenard," and laughing so hard you snorted your drink through your nose. He skew...

 

52 years of Iditarod and counting

The two legendary visionaries who conceived the 1,049-mile race from Anchorage to Nome hardly could have imagined the success and changes that would happen over the next half century of the "Last...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2024

Billy Dee Williams-more than a charming space pirate

As any devoted Star Wars fan can deduce, the title of Billy Dee Williams' new autobiography, "What Have We Here?" released in February, is a nod to the actor's most famous character-Lando Calrissian....

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    March 1, 2024

An Alaskan tale of lawyers and strip clubs

This month's column features a probate fight over a strip joint. Now that I have your attention, I have to confess that the case, which was reported recently from the Alaska Supreme Court, has little...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 1, 2024

Underutilized burial benefits for veterans

Dear Savvy Senior: What types of funeral benefits are available to old veterans? My 83-year-old father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, served during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. - Planning Ahead Dear Planning: Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Nat...

 

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