Articles from the June 1, 2023 edition

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Summer begins the moving season, here's what to know

For countless Americans, summer signifies a major transition in their lives. Whether it’s graduating from high school or college, starting a new job, or receiving that highly anticipated acceptance letter, summer is the busiest time of year for...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    June 1, 2023

Relax and let the driver take you to your destination

First, I'm going to tell you a true story. Then we'll talk about how your public transit driver can pick you up and take you where you want to go for free, or sometimes for just a buck or two. In the...

 

New name, same support for Alaska's LTGBTQ+ seniors

The LGBTQ+ organization, SAGE Alaska, is now Alaska Rainbow Elders, or ARE for short. This change was made at the request of the national organization, SAGE USA, hoping it would encourage all its partners to concentrate on issues unique to their area...

 

Age-Friendly Anchorage: One small park

What does it mean to be a Livable Community? As defined by the AARP Livable Communities project, a Livable Community supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be great...

 

How I met my life (while writing it down)

Q: When I was younger, my uncle gave me a copy of his manuscript detailing his life. Now in my advanced years, I am thinking about writing my own life summary. Where do I start? A: Chronicling your...

 
 By Dr. Emily Kane    Health    June 1, 2023

Studies debunk long-held cholesterol misconceptions

Most of us seniors have grown into adulthood "knowing" that total cholesterol levels over 200 "cause" premature death from cardiovascular disease. Like most medical facts, the truth is complex,...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Columns    June 1, 2023

Medicare coverage for mental health

Mental health care can diagnose and treat mental illnesses or mental health conditions. A mental illness or mental health condition may affect your thinking, feeling or mood. Examples of mental health...

 

Beware scams around 'new' Medicare cards

In 2018, Medicare updated the Medicare card from containing a person's Social Security number to a random identifier that includes numbers and letters. That was the last time the card was updated and...

 

Celebrating Men's Health Month: Get informed, get tested

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the unique health issues men face and to encourage early detection, treatment and prevention. Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is proud to support this important initiative, and we’re here to...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2023

Controlling appetite with electrical stimulation

Forget about dieting. A new electrical “pill” may be able to regulate a person’s appetites without any drugs or invasive medical procedures. It is a promising advance in treating eating...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2023

Alaska's high COVID-19 vaccination rate pays off

COVID-19 transmission continues to occur in many communities across Alaska, although overall case counts continue to slowly decline, according to state officials who are tracking the virus. Most...

 

Risk of malnutrition increases as you age

The term "malnutrition" is used when a person has an inadequate diet. This diet does not allow them to obtain the necessary nutrients for their body and organs to function properly. In older...

 

Father's Day: A meaningful, historic tradition

How did Father’s Day begin? According to Wikipedia, there has been a customary day to celebrate fatherhood since at least 1508 in Europe. The national day honoring dads in the United States is recognized as being started by Sonora Smart Dodd, who w...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA) organizes caregiver support meetings around the state, including Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau/Southeast, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su Valley, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, Talkeetna, Willow. Call...

 

Safety in and on the water for older Alaskans

Water safety is essential for all ages but particularly important for seniors. As people age, they often experience changes in their physical abilities and health that can make them more vulnerable...

 
 By Rachel Gingras    Local    June 1, 2023

Tree swallows return with the summer to Alaska

With the arrival of summer, you will begin to catch glimpses of a small but speedy bird in flight, looping through the sky, searching for insects to eat. Its underside is white, and it sports a dark...

 

Living with antiques

"Dad, we would like to replace your stove. Is that okay with you?" I asked back in the spring of 2004. He said he supposed so. I was planning a two-month visit with him in Homer and the thought of...

 

New Stuyahok Elder Mentor Anna Neketa

The Elder Mentor Program is pleased to continue our monthly feature in Senior Voice, each article highlighting an Elder Mentor who has generously offered their time, support, wisdom and care to their...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Local    June 1, 2023

How Rick Mystrom found his groove

Nothing seems to stop Rick Mystrom. From the quest to hold the Olympics in Anchorage, to building an ad agency, to running for mayor of Anchorage, to facing the scourge of Type 1 diabetes, Mystrom...

 

Get ready for the 2023 Alaska Senior Games in Fairbanks, Aug. 5-13

Registration is open for this year’s Alaska International Senior Games, taking place Aug. 5-13 in Fairbanks. The online registration portal is at www.alaskaisg.org. The annual event brings together athletes and recreation enthusiasts age 50 and...

 

Surprising history of once-booming Alaska town

Thousands of gold seekers flooded into the North country during the late 1800s and settled around new towns such as Nome, Juneau and Dawson. Several also streamed into Cook Inlet. They hacked out...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2023

Calling all Knuckleheads: Touring with the Three Stooges

Despite extensive on-screen credits throughout their long careers, the Three Stooges comedy team only spent about a month or two a year in front of the cameras, rarely producing more than 10 of their...

 

Video assistance with Social Security questions

The Social Security Administration partners with locations throughout Alaska to offer a secure video service option. Video service is a convenient and no-cost way for people to talk directly to a Social Security employee through a secure computer...

 
 By Monica Wafford    News    June 1, 2023

MASST supports Alaska senior jobseekers

Are you 55 or older and seeking work? Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST) is a community service and work-based job training program. In Alaska, there are MASST programs covering the state by region: Anchorage, Northern and Interior,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    June 1, 2023

Can I collect Social Security from my ex-spouse?

Dear Savvy Senior: Is it possible to collect Social Security benefits from my ex-spouse? We were married for 12 years but have been divorced for almost 20 years now. - Never Remarried Dear Never...

 

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