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Articles from the May 1, 2014 edition

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 By Rindi White    News    May 1, 2014

Legislature renews Senior Benefits program

The 2014 Alaska Legislative Session included a handful of bills that were important to seniors, from formalizing a change to the mediset program that allows smaller pharmacies to distribute medicine in hourly or daily dosage packs to Medicaid...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    News    May 1, 2014

Administration retreats on Part D changes

The White House, after an aggressive pushback from seniors, patients, pharmaceutical companies and lawmakers from both parties, recently scrapped most of a proposed plan to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs including those used to...

 
 By Dianne Barske    News    May 1, 2014

Changing lives through literacy

I sat there, transfixed by the diversity in the room. "Sad, sadder, saddest," Cindy Johnson said to the group. She wrote the three words on the board at the front of the classroom, then drew simple...

 

Personal Care Assistants: Alaska needs more

Alaska’s senior population has grown 7 percent since 2000. The publication Alaska Economic Trends states the number of Alaskans over the age of 70 will grow 60 percent in the next several years. More than 130,000 baby boomers will reach retirement...

 
 By Theda Pittman    News    May 1, 2014

State places moratorium on new PCA agencies

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Senior and Disabilities Services Division has placed a six month moratorium on certifying new agencies which provide personal care assistant (PCA) services funded by Medicaid. Lynne Keilman-Cruiz,...

 
 By Tait Trussell    Columns    May 1, 2014

Remembering all the great new stuff of the '50s

It was in 1945 that the Raytheon Company’s Percy Spencer stood in front of a magnetron (the power tube of radar). He felt a candy bar melt in his pocket. When he put popcorn kernels in front of the magnetron, the kernels exploded all over the...

 
 By Marilyn McKay    Health    May 1, 2014

Family visits can and should be positive

Visiting family members and friends is a time-honored and valued tradition. Being with others in conversation or in companionable silence, in laughter or even in tears reaffirms our need for connection and belonging. We want to be with people we...

 
 By Tait Trussell    Health    May 1, 2014

The risks you take when you take testosterone

You can’t watch television for more than an hour without being exposed to pleas to use either Viagra or Cialis to deal with erectile dysfunction. Now testosterone is being pushed. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), however,...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    May 1, 2014

A look back, and some reminders to think ahead

This month I decided to delve into some Older Persons Action Group archive documents, recently discovered in an old file cabinet. At the beginning of year its 10th year, Senior Voice’s circulation...

 
 By Ron Pollack    Health    May 1, 2014

Understanding hospice care and Medicare coverage

If someone in your family needs hospice care, this column explains what it is and what Medicare covers. What is hospice care? Hospice care is a program of care and support for patients who are terminally ill. These patients may no longer want to try...

 

The alarming suicide rate of older veterans

It’s an alarming and disturbing fact but older veterans have a higher suicide rate than the general public, including returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. In fact, veterans over 50 years of age...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2014

New research on food storage, mammograms

Color-coded tags may signal food’s freshness Scientists have now come up with a color-coded smart tag that can tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour. This technology could also...

 
 News    May 1, 2014

Governor names members to Medicaid Reform Advisory Group

Gov. Sean Parnell has named nine Alaskans to serve on the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, which was created by the governor to bring in stakeholders and craft a proposal for meaningful reforms to the state’s Medicaid program. Specifically, the...

 

Medicare clinic adds doctors

In March, the Alaska Medicare Clinic in Anchorage announced the affiliation of Dr. Virginia Haskell and Cynthia McGinty, ANP with the clinic. With this additional staff, the clinic is adding new patients to their service and expanding the ability...

 

'Savvy Caregiver' training for dementia care

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will offer “Savvy Professional” training workshops this month in Ketchikan, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Palmer. Sponsored in part by the Trust Training Cooperative, the workshops are designed for those who have a...

 

Wasilla volunteer honored as Salute to Senior Service winner

An 85-year-old Wasilla woman has been honored as the Alaska winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network's "Salute to Senior Service" award. Gene Chapedos is being recognized for her dedicated commu...

 

Skagway to offer doorstep garbage service for seniors

Skagway seniors who struggle dragging the garbage can out to the street for emptying will be treated to some extra help under a pilot program next winter. City workers will go to their doorstep and take the garbage out for them. Skagway Assemblyman...

 

Cordova's trial by fire

At 4 a.m. on May 2, 1963, Cordovans awoke to the sounds of fire sirens wailing through their streets. Then came a bombardment of ammunition as shells exploded in the basement of the Cordova Commercial...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2014

Jane Powell's career was her parents' idea

Multitalented actress Jane Powell celebrated her 85th birthday in April. She and husband Dick Moore purchased a home in Wilton, Conn., about 30 years ago, dividing their time between Connecticut and N...

 

Use this checklist for hiring a window installer

When it comes time to replace the windows in your home, who are you going to call? Hiring a window installer is similar to hiring other professionals in the building industry – you should do a good amount of research on the person(s) you trust to...

 

Sticky insurance questions need action

Dear Jonathan: My wife and I have a living trust and recently after consulting with our attorney, we transferred our home, as well as our family cottage to our trust for probate avoidance. Last week as I was writing out a check for our homeowners...

 
 By Richard Sherman    Columns    May 1, 2014

Flash drive longevity and other tech questions

Q. I went to delete a file and it just deleted without asking for confirmation. I intended to delete it, so the lack of a confirmation wasn’t a big deal, but I prefer having a “safety net” requiring me to confirm any deletions. Do you know why...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2014

Dempster Highway: The ultimate northern road trip

A big state has to have a big road, and the Haul Road from Coldfoot to Prudhoe Bay is certainly that. And yes, Atigun Pass is at times both breathtaking and horrifying depending on the conditions,...

 
 News    May 1, 2014

Kidney Patient Education Symposium May 31 in Anchorage

The Alaska Kidney Patients Association will present their free 9th Annual Education Symposium on Saturday, May 31, 2013 at Changepoint Church in Anchorage. The Symposium consists of live speaker lectures from local kidney doctors and other...

 

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