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 News    July 1, 2019 

Is this a scam? Find out at Anchorage forum

“Age Smart – Let’s Talk”, the series of forums sponsored by AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, returns July 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. The July topic is,...

 
 OPAG    July 1, 2019 

New board members join Older Persons Action Group

Older Persons Action Group, Inc. (OPAG) welcomes two new board members, Dylan Webb and S. Hollis Mickey. Dylan Webb is a certified holistic health counselor and owner of Ideal Health, LLC, in Anchorage, providing coaching for weight management and...

 
 By Edna Woolston    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Time is an Eagle: Remembering Edna Woolston

Editor’s note: Long-time Senior Voice readers will remember Edna Woolston’s frequent columns from her home in Sutton, sharing stories about her days there with her husband and their animals, and her thoughts and recollections about many aspects...

 
 By Alan M. Schlein    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Student load debt is a crisis for seniors

If you think America's college loan crisis – with more than $1.5 trillion worth of debt – is only a young person's problem, think again. The federal government is now garnishing the fixed-income Social Security benefits of seniors in its...

 
 By Jordan Lewis    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Is physical health the be-all to successful aging?

In rural communities across Alaska, it is not uncommon to see young people on four-wheelers or snow machines, riding around town with family and friends and spending time outdoors. On the same roads you see elders walking alone or with others to...

 
 News    July 1, 2019 

Volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors keep our health fairs alive

We want to shout out a very big thank you to a wonderful and ever growing group of people that includes our donors, sponsors, volunteers and exhibitors. These individuals provide much needed support for Alaska Health Fair’s South Central, South Ea...

 
 By Ocean Le    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Lessons learned about type 2 diabetes, Native Americans

In the United States, American Indians and Alaska Natives have a greater chance of having type 2 diabetes than any other racial group. This is troubling because without medical intervention, the progression of type 2 diabetes may lead to other...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    July 1, 2019 

Osteoporosis strikes older men, too

Dear Savvy Senior: Can men get osteoporosis or is it primarily a problem for women? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis, but I never got it checked. What can you tell me? — Bony...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    July 1, 2019 

Deciding on supplemental 'Medigap' insurance

Perhaps your 65th birthday is approaching, signaling that you are approaching your Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare. Meanwhile, you may be getting postcards and other mail informing...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    July 1, 2019 

Surprise, surprise! Eggs reduce risk of stroke

For years, folks have been afraid of eggs, and how they are “bad” for cholesterol and LDL. Long gone are the days where people drank them raw like Sylvester Stallone did in “Rocky” and, no, I don’t recommend you do that. Rocky did it to...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2019 

Stem cells to patch up a heart attack

Researchers in England are reporting that they have grown heart patches in the lab that are safe to move into trials in people with hearts damaged by a heart attack. These patches could one day cure...

 
 By Bethany Burgess    News    July 1, 2019 

"Obituary Writing 101" at Hospice of Anchorage

Summer is in full swing around here at Hospice of Anchorage. We would love for you to get involved with us, and we have a few opportunities coming up that may be of interest to you. Every month we hold an educational workshop that you are welcome to...

 
 Health    July 1, 2019 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Support meetings allow you to share your experiences as a caregiver, or support someone who is a caregiver. If you are helping a family member or friend by being a caregiver, learn what kind of help is available. There is no charge for these...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    Health    July 1, 2019 

Trade war and the cost of health care

Why has the cost of health care risen so dramatically in the United States during the last few decades? Could be mergers, buyout, and concentration of ownership in the industry world-wide – a new version of the old robber barons. Could be lax...

 
 News    July 1, 2019 

Annual Fairbanks Stand Down for Veterans, Aug. 17

Veteran Stand Down is an event providing supplies and services to homeless veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as...

 
 By Laura Atwood    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Social hour a pleasure for both kittens and admirers

What happens when you mix kittens and the residents of Providence Alaska's assisted living facility, Horizon House? You get the Kitten Social Hour! Kitten Social Hour had a humble beginning. An...

 
 By Maraley McMichael    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Kitchen table became a venue for international sharing

Many diverse conversations took place at our kitchen table when my husband Gary and I lived in Slana, partly because we ran a bed and breakfast in an area of Alaska that is off the beaten trail, but...

 

Register now for Alaska International Senior Games

This year’s Alaska International Senior Games (AISG) will be held August 9-18 in Fairbanks, with the opening ceremony and gala games kicking off Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Civic Center. Since 2003, AISG has attracted participants from...

 
 News    July 1, 2019 

Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage and Mat-Su area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Service Providers Breakfast (formerly known as the Interagency...

 

Black Wolf Squadron lands in Nome

The U.S. Army Service's famed "Black Wolf Squadron" planted its mark on Alaska history in 1920, when four biplanes flew across our northern skies in an attempt to prove the feasibility of long-distanc...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Terry Moore as Valentino's Lady in Black

Since her first film role in 1940, Terry Moore has appeared on the big screen in each of the subsequent eight decades. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, the actress plays a lead role in the...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2019 

A government pension might reduce your Social Security benefits

Dear Savvy Senior: As a teacher for 20 years, I receive a pension from a school system that did not withhold Social Security taxes from my pay. After teaching, I’ve been working for a small company where I do pay Social Security taxes. Now,...

 

Were you admitted as an inpatient?

Here’s an interesting question: The last time you were admitted to the hospital, were you admitted to the hospital as in inpatient? “Kirk, you’re crazy as a loon,” you might respond, “of...

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    Columns    July 1, 2019 

Killing iTunes, dying PCs, and missing email

Q. A few weeks ago I read that Apple was killing iTunes. How will I load music onto my iPod? A. In early June there was a flood of dire sounding news about the end of iTunes. Let me put some of the more alarmist implications to rest. Apple is...

 

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