Articles from the June 1, 2016 edition


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  • State plans to raise age for senior hunting licenses

    Mackenzie Stewart, Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2016

    Update: Last minute changes in the legislation changed these particulars. As the bill reads now, the new rules are: - 65 year age limit - no three-year renewal is required. Please stay tuned, as there is confusion among sponsors and the above details may change again. Senior Voice will publish a follow-up article in July. The state’s fiscal troubles have touched multiple aspects of state-funded programs, and the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game is no exception. For the past two years, District 6 Rep. David Talerico and Alaska Outdoor Council E...

  • Medical errors cause high casualties in U.S., study says

    Amy Abbott, Senior Wire|Jun 1, 2016

    Ordinary medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, reports a terrifying new study in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). Patient safety researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine estimate 251,000 Americans die each year from common mistakes in hospitals and other health-care facilities. That’s about 700 people a day. Let’s set this number in context. The number one and number two annual killers are heart disease with 614,348, and cancer, with 591,699 deaths, according to the Natio...

  • Alaskans targeted by phone callers posing as IRS agents

    David Washburn, Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2016

    April 15 is long gone, but that doesn’t mean tax worries are over, thanks to fraudulent phone callers posing as IRS agents. Better Business Bureau, the Alaska Medicare Information Office and others are reporting a surge in the calls, in which the caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. “Reportedly, the tax scammers are pretending to be case workers from the IRS telling people there is a warrant out for their arrest,” Alaska Commission on Aging Executive Director Denise Daniello warns in a May 16 alert. “The scammers are targeti...

  • Congressional health legislative roundup

    Alan M. Schlein, Senior Wire|Jun 1, 2016

    Normally, in a presidential election year, Congress doesn’t get much done. This year is no exception. But with a few months before July’s political nominating conventions, a brief window of productivity exists and some lawmakers are pushing bipartisan proposals to help change Congress’ gridlock image. Let’s look at what’s on the agenda (with the exception of the seemingly never-ending attitudes and activities surrounding Obamacare) over the next couple of months before politics overwhelms all congressional activity. Congress left town for...

  • Networking for Anchorage providers

    Senior Voice Staff|Jun 1, 2016

    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 for all of the above. They're informal, early and free, with breakfast provided. The June meeting is June 8, hosted by the office of Mayor Berkowitz. Begins at 8 a.m. RSVP by calling Older Persons Action Group for more information on these events or to be added to our e-mail reminder list,...

  • Know which cooking oil to reach for

    Suzy Cohen, Senior Wire|Jun 1, 2016

    Do you whip up delicious meals without measuring a single thing? The oil you use in your kitchen can make or break your otherwise wonderful dish. Did you know that some oils are harmful? Did you know that fried chicken or french fries often use "hydrogenated" oils, which increase your risk of diabetes, heart attack, obesity and cancer? Some "partially hydrogenated" oils are even derived from soybean oil, discussed below. What's in your kitchen? Here are the good Look for oils high in...

  • You may qualify for a subsidized food box

    Rita Hatch, Senior Voice Correspondent|Jun 1, 2016

    What is more wonderful than a gloriously 70 degree temperature on an innocent day in June, especially when I am writing this on May 15 in Anchorage, Alaska? For those of you who do not believe in climate change, I feel sorry for you. I have been living in Alaska for 48 years and I have never seen a springtime like the one we are now having here. It is not so good for the fishermen and the rest of the people who live on the northwest coasts of our largest state, because they are losing land to...

  • Social Security offers services to cancer patients

    Robin Schmidt, Social Security Alaska|Jun 1, 2016

    In 2016, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 5, 2016, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognizes the survivors who have gone through this battle or are still living with the disease. Social Security stands strong in our support of the fight against cancer. We offer...

  • Memorial Day's roots go back to Civil War

    Major Mike Dryden AVN USAR Retired, Senior Voice Correspondent|Jun 1, 2016

    Older Persons Action Group and Senior Voice Alaska solemnly salute all who have fallen in battle in defense of this great nation. This Memorial Day, let us take a few minutes out of the day to thanks those who have fallen in service to our country. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo, NY, was officially...

  • When to talk about driving

    Senior Voice Staff|Jun 1, 2016

    A new scratch on the bumper or avoiding activities that require leaving home are often the first signs that families should talk with their aging parents about driving. Unfortunately, those conversations are not happening enough, according to a press statement by Home Instead, Inc. The May 17 press statement outlines results of a new survey by the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network of offices that provide in-home care services to seniors. The survey found that 95 percent of the surveyed seniors have not talked to their loved...

  • High-tech innovations are helping with prostate and lung health, low vision

    John Schieszer, Medical Minutes|Jun 1, 2016

    Artificial vision device helping those with low vision A new portable artificial vision device is now helping those who are blind to read a message on an electronic device, a newspaper article or a menu. The promise of new software technology has now gone from the scientists’ bench to helping the blind in a way never before possible. The new device is called OrCam and it is capable of recognizing text, monetary denominations and faces, and can be programmed to recognize other objects. It i...

  • Free training and support for family caregivers

    Senior Voice Staff|Jun 1, 2016

    The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in June. This month’s focus: End of Life Care and Letting Go, featuring a DVD presentation with Teepa Snow. June 7, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. June 14, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m. June 21, Caregiver support meeting at Kenai Senior Center, 1 p.m. June 28, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m. Support meetings allow you to share your experiences as a caregiver, o...

  • Being the best companion for your cat

    Laura Atwood, For Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2016

    Cats and people have been companions for nearly12,000 years. And no wonder – cats not only enchant us with their beauty, they also entertain us with their playful antics and graceful movements and bring smiles to our faces when they sit in our laps, purring with contentment. Cats are often considered easier companions than dogs because they don't need daily exercise or regular potty breaks outside. However, they have a few basic needs that if met will make them much happier in your home. What c...

  • Book tells story of woman's adventures working on Alaska pipeline construction

    Dianne Barske, For Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2016

    Wilma Knox was 55 years old, and wondering if she and her husband, Robert, would have sufficient funds, facing retirement. She was also an adventurer. So instead of retiring, she took off on what she called "the adventure of a lifetime." It was 1975, and construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was just beginning. Why not head to the Arctic and take part in a project that was being compared to the building of the Panama Canal in complexity and stature? Wilma would work on the far northern...

  • Historic Anchorage schoolhouse to be restored

    Senior Voice Staff|Jun 1, 2016

    The Anchorage Woman's Club has been awarded grant money to restore Anchorage's historic Pioneer Schoolhouse. The building, now located downtown at 437 W. Third Avenue, celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2015. It was the first schoolhouse built in Anchorage, and was moved to its current location in 1965, after standing through the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. It was approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in December, 1980, according to a May 13 press release...

  • An intergenerational meeting of Mt. Marathon champions

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  • Alaska's archaeological sites explored

    Laurel Downing Bill, Senior Voice Correspondent|Jun 1, 2016

    Theories about how and when Alaska became inhabited with people ebb and flow like the state's rivers. Archeologists pretty much agree that Alaska's mainland was physically and ecologically a part of Asia 10,000 years ago, and that the Bering Strait was a grassy land area that separated the Bering Sea to the south and the Chukchi Sea to the north. While the picture of who crossed the land bridge and when is still murky, the strongest hypothesis leans toward people crossing over from Asia in waves...

  • Singer Toni Tennille's brush with Hollywood

    Nick Thomas, Tinseltown Talks|Jun 1, 2016

    She put the "Tennille" in the popular 70s music duo of "The Captain and Tennille" and enjoyed two huge number one Billboard hits – "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Do That to Me One More Time." But Toni Tennille also brushed shoulders with Hollywood's biggest stars. Born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., Toni recently left five decades of West Coast life behind her, as well as nearly 40 years of marriage to musical partner Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, and returned to the South. "I'm now living j...

  • Native assets require special treatment

    Kenneth Kirk, For Senior Voice|Jun 1, 2016

    One of the things that makes estate planning interesting in Alaska is the high percentage of Native Americans here, compared to other states. Natives come from a different background culturally, which can be a little bit challenging but is usually pretty easy to deal with. What is really interesting, though, is that there are certain types of assets many Natives own which require special treatment. The first are Native Corporation shares. Most older or middle-aged Alaska Natives have these...

  • Are you backing up? You should be

    Bob DeLaurentis, Senior Wire|Jun 1, 2016

    Q. A manuscript I’ve been working on is gone. It simply disappeared from my computer. How can that happen? A. There are two kinds of people who experience data loss: those who have, and those who will. The risk of data loss is always present. There are countless ways to lose files from your computer or smartphone. It would take a book to catalog them all. A friend of mine recently crashed into this reality when he lost months of work. He thought he had done everything correctly. He backed up his data. He kept his computer up to date. He did n...

  • History haunts this landmark Anchorage hotel

    Dimitra Lavrakas, Senior Voice Travel Correspondent|Jun 1, 2016

    When you travel to Anchorage, yes, you can stay downtown at the Sheraton, Hilton or Captain Cook, but why not try something with more of an Alaskan flavor? This year the Historic Anchorage Hotel turns 100 - that's a big deal in a state that's only 57 years old, although Anchorage did celebrate its centennial last year. Like the state and the city, the hotel has a colorful past. The original hotel building was built in 1916 but torn down some years later. The current hotel, an annex to the older...

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