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COVID-19 digest, April 2, 2020

Alaska’s current case count As of April 1 at 3 p.m., Alaska had 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of affected citizens statewide to 143. There are nine individuals hospitalized, no new deaths, with 5,000-plus coronavirus tests...

 
 By Jenna McDavid    Columns    April 1, 2020

Getting diverse elders ready for the 2020 Census

By now, every home in the United States should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, our once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure that our communities are counted. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in...

 

Alaskans, your service is needed

Where were you when the pandemic came to Alaska? Future generations will demand an answer from each of us. Did we change our habits to protect the vulnerable? Did we make sure our elderly neighbors had everything they needed? Long after the virus...

 

Salvation Army ramps up to meet surging demand

Editor’s note: This press release was received on March 30, 2020. The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, is increasing efforts to meet human need. In...

 
 By Gordon Glaser    Columns    April 1, 2020

Prop 7 passage is vital to Anchorage seniors

Thousands of Anchorage area seniors, youngsters and others need help from voters in this spring’s municipal election. Voting begins after ballots go in the mail on March 17 and ends on April 7 when the polls close. I ask voters in the Municipality...

 

Washington Watch: High drug costs top voter concern

Despite a genuine consensus that something must be done, Congressional efforts to rein in drug prices remain stalled and more than likely dead until after the November elections. Even with rhetoric rising on how important controlling drug prices is...

 

AlaskaCare expands benefits during pandemic emergency

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” – the worldwide spread of a new disease. That same day Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a declaration of public health disaster emergency in response...

 

Free online trainings for service providers

Providing essential services for individuals affected with developmental disabilities is challenging even in the best of circumstances. As the nation deals with a COVID-19 pandemic, the way direct services are presented to clients is likely to...

 
 By Nila Morgan    COVID-19    April 1, 2020

Medicare's response to the coronavirus threat

The number of diagnosed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has topped 125,000 globally as I write this article. Countries are closing their borders, travel restriction bans into the U.S. are going in...

 

Health fairs canceled until further notice

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. has canceled all April Health Fairs due to the current health crisis, following state and national guidance and mandates. We will assess Alaska’s health condition on an ongoing basis and make announcements in late April...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    April 1, 2020

Genes and other indicators of kidney disease

Dear Savvy Senior: Do kidney problems run in families? My mother died from kidney failure 10 years ago at age 74 but didn’t know she had a kidney problem until it was too late. - Just Turned 60 Dear 60: Anyone who has a family history of kidney dis...

 

Hospice: Navigating during COVID-19

We are all learning to navigate these challenging, unprecedented times. While our care looks different these days, Hospice of Anchorage is still able to serve patients and families in our community with compassionate hospice and palliative care. And...

 

Support for Alaskans with low vision

Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) will conduct its monthly low vision support group meeting via Zoom teleconference on April 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call Linda Newman at 907-209-7555 for the log-in or dial-in information. Also, the Alaska...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Editor’s note: This schedule may change, due to coronavirus safety measures. Be sure to confirm with the host agency prior to visiting. The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in April....

 

Parkinson's and pingpong; shingles vaccine and stroke

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that the new novel corona virus will be spreading around the country and everyone in Alaska should be as pre...

 
 By Patrick Curtis    Health    April 1, 2020

Fitness training and the pillars of functional strength

There are many ways to train our bodies to be strong and no shortage of available advice on how to do so. Seeking this advice can quickly get complex given the wide variety of ways to work out and equipment available for purchase. This fitness...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Health    April 1, 2020

The sweet and pungent science of garlic 

If you plan on celebrating National Garlic Day on April 19, remember the old New York Yiddish saying, "A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat." Even a well-known Muslim...

 

Microwaving: To nuke or not to nuke?

Microwaves are one of the 20th century's most useful inventions. In fact, over 90% of American homes have at least one microwave. The basics of using this appliance are widely known, but there are...

 
 By David Washburn    Local    April 1, 2020

Center serves Houston seniors under new ownership

After four years of closure, Mid-Valley Senior Center in Houston is under new ownership and providing meals on a regular schedule, although services are severely curtailed for now due to the...

 

Washing was part of the price of log homes

I welcome the sight of springtime sunlight streaming through the south facing windows of my home, but along with that comes noticing dirt on the window glass and a thicker than usual layer of...

 

Amblin' for Alzheimer's goes virtual

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska’s largest annual fundraising event is taking a detour of sorts, due to safety precautions surrounding COVID-19. “Amblin’ for Alzheimer’s,” originally scheduled for May 2 at the Anchorage Golf Course, will...

 

Annual May events postponed in Anchorage, Fairbanks

Two of the state’s largest annual senior-related events, usually held each year in May, have been canceled, with hopes for rescheduling at a later date. Senior Recognition Day, held each year in Fairbanks at the Carlson Center, will not take place...

 

Alaska produces its first homegrown movie

Movies about Alaska, mostly based on books by Jack London and Rex Beach, thrilled audiences during the early 1900s. But all motion pictures were filmed outside of Alaska. So when a group of Oregon...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2020

France Nuyen's amazing Hollywood journey

France Nuyen remains astonished not only by her successful Hollywood career, but by her very survival. Turning 80 last year, Nuyen is still beloved by Star Trek fans for her role of Elaan, the...

 

Investment strategies through the years

Part one of two. Seniors are “investdemics” – it is a characteristic of our age group that we have tried to compile investment portfolios that (fingers crossed) will last us. Some want to leave a legacy to favored charities and descendants,...

 

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