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Juicers promise high-octane veggies, fruits

Gets rid of wrinkles, provides rapid weight loss, gives your digestive system a rest, detoxifies your body and even cures cancer – these are some of the benefit claims that proponents of...

 

Love it or leave it health care

While the Obama administration battles with the Republican House of Representatives this summer in the public relations fight over getting people to sign up for the new health care insurance coverage, key decisions affecting millions of poor folks ar...

 
 By Lynda Meyer    News    July 1, 2013

Connecting elders, strengthening communities

In May, approximately 85 elders and seniors, providers and community members came together at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel to discuss the theme of the Second Annual Anchorage Elders Summit,...

 

America must honor its Hmong "stealth heroes"

Editor’s note: This press statement was received on June 12, 2013. Senator Lisa Murkowski advocated today on behalf of the 6,900 living Hmong-American veterans who served in Vietnam under covert operations, testifying before the Senate Veterans...

 
 By Tait Trussell    News    July 1, 2013

Shortage will require re-thinking how we value and pay home health workers

Direct-care health aide — helping the elderly bathe, dress and eat — is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. But the labor shortage is dire. As the baby boomers age, this sector of health care faces a dangerous shortage because the work is...

 
 By Ron Pollack    News    July 1, 2013

Can Medicare save money for beneficiaries and taxpayers alike?

Since Medicare Part D went into effect in 2006, prescription drugs have been an integral part of the Medicare benefit package. So, the question of how seniors can save additional money on medications often comes up, but so does the question of how...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    July 1, 2013

Reviewing the Affordable Care Act, new Medicare rules

I would like to reiterate, for all the Affordable Care (ACA) skeptics, the many benefits of ACA: 1. Health care plans now must allow parents to keep their children who are under the age of 26 on their...

 
 By Judith Bendersky    News    July 1, 2013

New payment rules for home delivery of diabetic testing equipment begin July 1

If a person has had their diabetic testing supplies delivered by a local home medical supplier in the past, they need to know the rules are changing around purchasing and paying for diabetic testing supplies. As of July 1, 2013, if diabetic supplies...

 
 By Judith Bendersky    News    July 1, 2013

Medicare information event in Anchorage

A free seminar, “Medicare and the Affordable Care Act,” will be offered Aug. 13 at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited so RSVP by calling 770-2028....

 

New support group in Fairbanks for sibling caregivers

The sibling relationship is considered the longest-lasting of the human experience, providing the greatest opportunity for reciprocal support and care. Today in the United States, there are millions of people who assume a larger role as caregivers...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2013

New medical roles for telephones, marijuana?

Phone technology may play dramatic new role in health care In the next 12 months, doctors will be able to make house calls where they diagnose and treat the patients on the spot using their phones. Re...

 

Center loans audio books, magazines to Alaskans with vision impairments

The Alaska State Library Talking Book Center held their 3rd Annual Open House Celebration on June 19. Attendees celebrated the arrival of summer with ice cream sundaes and an “old-time” melodrama performed by Lynn Cragholm. The center is a...

 
 By Diana Weber    Columns    July 1, 2013

The top four long term care insurance complaints

The current wisdom is that 70 percent of us will need long term care at some point. Alaska’s long term care is the most expensive in the nation. So long term care financing is on a lot of...

 
 By Dani Kebschull    Health    July 1, 2013

Family caregiver tip of the month

(Taken from Action for Happiness) Gratitude is known to be good for us and those around us. Yet it isn’t always our automatic response and we often take the good things in our lives for granted. So we have to consciously learn to get into the...

 

Trailblazer on wheels

One of Alaska’s trailblazers made history 100 years ago this month. Robert E. “Bobby” Sheldon made the first automobile trip over the wagon trail from Fairbanks to Valdez in July 1913. Sheldon...

 
 By Robin Schmidt    Columns    July 1, 2013

Off to the park? Social Security is there with you

Now, in the heart of summertime, is time to think about spending some fun time with family and friends. So it is fitting that July is both National Vacation Month and National Park and Recreation...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2013

A conversation with TV host Robert Osborne

Long-time Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has interviewed just about every Hollywood star imaginable over the past 60 years – a dream job that any classic movie fan would envy. Although...

 

What you allow when you grant an app "permission"

Q. I am concerned about the permission requests I get when I install apps on my Android phone. Some of them make me wonder if the apps are safe. Should I be concerned? A. Your concern is justified. Most Android app installations require some...

 
 By Mike Miller    Travel    July 1, 2013

Will one of these New Mexico sites become an Eighth Wonder of the World?

New Mexico sites an Eighth Wonder of the World? Years ago (make that at least a half century ago) when Marilyn and I were in our twenties and newly married we traveled with her parents to New Mexico....

 

Let a friend catch your fish for you

If you are 65 or older, 70 percent physically disabled or blind, you are eligible for a fishing proxy. This means you may have someone else fish for you for most fish and shellfish, though proxy fishing for halibut is not allowed. For more...

 

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