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Articles from the July 1, 2018 edition

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Sweepstakes, other prize schemes devastate older victims

A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail,...

 

Blood Bank of Alaska vital to senior care

On February 15, the Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) celebrated its second anniversary in the new facility it developed to serve Alaska’s patients in need. It has been a robust two years, and we continue to meet our primary objective of service to...

 
 By Andrew Lam    Columns    July 1, 2018

Long-term care's devastating toll on finances and emotional health

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series provided by the Diverse Elders Coalition, focusing on different senior populations. The cost of aging in America is exorbitant, which my siblings and I are finding out firsthand through our...

 
 By Tim Chinn    Health    July 1, 2018

Cancer patients, like everyone, benefit from exercise

In bygone days, if you were being treated for cancer your doctor generally told you to get plenty of rest and reduce your daily activities. But research has now shown that regular exercise can be an important part of cancer treatment by helping you...

 

Trainings for care coordinators

“Basic Concepts of Care Coordination” a five-hour class for new care coordinators, will be offered several times in July and August in either online or face-to-face formats. Sponsored by the Alaska Training Cooperative, the course is designed to...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    July 1, 2018

Services and products that Medicare doesn't cover

Each month I enjoy sharing with readers the many facets of Medicare. The enrollment periods, coverage under the different parts of Medicare, types of providers available, how to avoid penalties...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    July 1, 2018

Aloe vera has 10 impressive uses

Aloe vera made a couple of headlines recently. The first was when the actress Drew Barrymore dabbed some on a facial sore and it instantly took out the redness. The second was when Prop 65 regulations in California called out a known carcinogen in...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2018

New surgery for blood pressure; artificial irises; brain-boosting foods

Surgery for treating high blood pressure An operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney may be able to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to a...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in July. This month’s focus is “Take care to give care,” with discussions on how caregivers can better care for themselves while they are caring...

 

Free memory screenings

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska offers free confidential memory screenings by appointment at any of its office locations. Memory screenings play a significant role in determining if you have a memory problem. They can serve as a baseline for people...

 

The pros and cons of 'Right to Try' legislation

Congress managed to pass well-intentioned legislation recently allowing people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain experimental medications. Unfortunately, it won’t do much to help the people...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2018

These simple gadgets can help older drivers

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in their eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some...

 

New housing initiatives on the Kenai Peninsula

Fifteen years after it hired its first staff member, Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiatives (KPHI) held a grand opening for its brand new office in Homer on May 16. The housing non-profit also announced...

 

Resurrecting details from a long-ago family hike

While looking for something else, I recently came across a photo that instantly brought back many good memories. In the photo, my Dad, my three siblings and I are standing by the Resurrection Pass signpost during the last family hike I participated...

 

Make the most of summer -- check out all of these July festivals

Alaska is in full bloom in July, and this includes festivals. There is absolutely no reason to not find some fun with so many opportunities around the state. Here are a few highlights. Girdwood Forest Fair, July 6-8. Features Alaskan artists,...

 

Alaskans join HistoryMakers

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, visited Anchorage the week of May 21, 2018, to interview 11 African Americans whose video oral histories will be preserved permanently at the Library of Congress...

 

Networking for Anchorage area 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 Service Providers Breakfast (formally known as the Interagency Breakfast),...

 

Russian shipbuilding rises with the Phoenix

During July 1791, Alexander Baranof arrived at Kodiak Island to manage the fur exporting operation of Grigorri Ivanovich Shelikhov, who formed the North American Company. When he received orders to...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2018

Eric Braeden is still the king of daytime drama

"The Young and the Restless" star Eric Braeden has been playing character Victor Newman for 38 years and says it's been an amazing run. But he doesn't believe daytime drama actors always receive the...

 

The stuff you don't get can hurt you

One of the biggest problems with DIY estate planning (where you get a kit, or a program, or a form, and “do it yourself”) is that the stuff you don’t understand can ruin everything. But then,...

 

Can a debt collector take my Social Security benefits?

Dear Savvy Senior: Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply. - Worried Retiree Dear Worried:...

 

Advice on Windows, email addresses and smartphone backups

Q. What is the single most important piece of advice every smartphone owner should know? A. Back up your phone, especially photos. Your smartphone will eventually become the most important tech device in your life. All the gear that a generation ago...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2018

RV park or public campground

Summer has finally arrived in the Last Frontier. After a wet, windy spring, Alaskans are fueling up and hitting the highways and byways in search of a night or two (or many) among Alaska's wild...

 

Gulls and guillemots and what not

Last month, Senior Voice travel correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas wrote about various ways to appreciate historic lighthouses in Alaska and beyond. This month, she shares about her recent experience as...

 

Social Security questions answered by the experts

Staff from Alaska’s Social Security office will be available for questions via videoconferencing at the following locations and times in July: Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (July 10 and 24), 9 a.m. to noon....

 

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