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Articles from the June 1, 2014 edition

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 By Theda Pittman    News    June 1, 2014

Keeping up with today's scams

Seniors are often the target of fraud aimed at obtaining money or personal information from them which will make it possible to obtain money using the identifying information. About one-third of the victims of identity theft are over the age of 50,...

 

Friends and poles add to the fun

I followed along as Tim Chinn, fitness director at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, glided ahead of me. "Try Nordic pole walking," my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Tower, had advised,...

 

Don't let a scam ruin your summer, or worse

Seniors must be diligent and not give out Social Security numbers or credit card information to telephone or email inquiries. Here are some of the latest scams. Medicine/service scam Scammers are looking to steal Medicare numbers and financial...

 

Debt paydown ensures that a pension is a promise

Our state is home to more than 64,000 State of Alaska retirees. We appreciate their service to our great state. From teachers to troopers, many retirees receive a state pension, one that was promised by the state in the past. We have taken a big...

 

New Medicare benefits you should know about - but probably don't

Dying patients may find it more difficult to get certain medications under new rules Medicare has recently put in place. Meanwhile, another set of rules could make it easier for seniors to get Medicare to pay for home health care services. Medicare h...

 

Reviewing the legislature's accomplishments

To sum up the 2014 session: It was a good news, bad news session for Alaskans. I had the honor of serving as the Democratic leader in the state Senate, so what follows is a report from our caucus on some issues of importance to Alaska’s fast...

 
 By Jenne Long    News    June 1, 2014

Everyone wins with senior job program

From July 1 to Sept. 30, 2013, the participants in Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST) performed 25,545 hours in community service statewide while learning skills that helped them find...

 

Dust off the rice cooker and improve your diet

Sweet Thai sticky rice with coconut milk, fragrant Indian basmati rice pilaf, glistening sushi rice and creamy Italian parmesan risotto – rice elevated from dull to delicious with some seasoning...

 

State awards senior service program staff

Many newly arrived residents in the Juneau Pioneer Home are anxious about losing health, control and freedom. Some are aggressive due to dementia, or frail, with limited memory or mobility....

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    June 1, 2014

Updates on Medicare, home repair grants, more

Affordable Care Act and insurance plans For those of you not in Medicare and have not yet enrolled in one of the Affordable Care Act insurance plans, you will not be able to do so until the next open...

 

VA scandal hits mainstream media – finally

As Senior Voice reported last month, the Veterans Health Administration has been caught in a cover-up of the mismanagement of our veterans’ waiting lists for some of their most critical medical...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings and trainings in June. This month’s theme is “Honoring Cancer Survivors Through Prevention.” Please join and share your experience as a...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2014

New uses for medications, experimental devices

A vibrating capsule may help combat chronic constipation Researchers in Israel are now reporting success with a vibrating capsule for constipation. You simply swallow it and it helps get your bowels m...

 
 By Diana Weber    Columns    June 1, 2014

There are many ways to help out a caregiver

I’ve been exchanging emails and phone calls with a woman who is taking care of her husband at home. As his Alzheimer’s progresses, her days and nights become more and more challenging. She never...

 

What can you share about historic Swank House in Anchorage?

The Anchorage Senior Activity Center is looking for information about the historic Swank House, located at the east end of the center’s property. The home was owned by Harold and Gertrude Swank, built at 426 West 8th Avenue in 1937. It was rescued...

 

Business-to-business networking for Anchorage providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Interagency Breakfast, sponsored by Older Persons Action Group, is an opportunity...

 

Historic days in the Matanuska Valley

Long before the Matanuska Valley became one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation, Russians tried to establish agricultural settlements on its fertile soil. They taught the Tanaina how to g...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2014

Nearing 100, Norman Lloyd is still on the ball

Norman Lloyd admits he's taking things a bit easy these days. This year, he currently has only one film waiting for release and he now plays just two tennis matches a week. Still, that's not bad,...

 

Parents and grandparents lose right to make decisions for kids over 18

Dear Jonathan: I have a question about my grandson who is going off to college in the fall. A close friend of mine told me about something that happened to his granddaughter who started college a few months ago, and it really has me concerned....

 

How many cell phones, tablets can your Wi-Fi handle?

Q. I want to create a new folder in my Documents folder so I can consolidate several folders into one. The problem is, when I create a new folder, it appears at the top of the list of folders, and the ones I need to move into this new folder start...

 

Visit to New England finds an Alaskan connection

New Bedford, a whale of a place to visit Before Alaska was bought by the United States, there was one Massachusetts city that already had direct links to the Territory. New Bedford, the number one fis...

 

Free home safety checks available for Anchorage and Mat-Su area seniors

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley is offering free home safety checks for area seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million...

 

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