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Vote without putting yourself at risk

The right to vote is preserved in Alaska for all eligible voters, even during these times of coronavirus pandemic. In other words, in order to vote, you do not have to go in person anywhere and potentially expose yourself to the coronavirus, to long...

 

Should you attend that party or community event?

We’ve been hunkered down for months, and people are wanting to get together. Do you go ahead with that birthday party, neighborhood potluck, concert or fun run? And if you do, what can you do to reduce the chances of getting sick or spreading...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    July 1, 2020

Here's how the coronavirus economy will affect your retirement security

First, some good news. Do you feel the power, senior power? Well, OK, maybe we are a bit worn down at the moment from the stress of months of lockdown and fear of COVID-19, or maybe (speaking from personal experience) it’s nap time, but this might...

 

COVID-19 realities: Those here now and those likely coming soon

As the nation moves into whatever "reopening" the next phase of the COVID-19 challenge means, the pandemic's mark on American health will be a permanent one in good ways and unfortunate ones too. The...

 

Two local organizations team up to support cancer patients

The YMCA of Alaska and Alaska Cancer Partnership have partnered to help care for current or past cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES program will offer services like grocery shopping, prescription pick-up, lawn work, and package...

 

Elder mental health in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 is caused by something so small we cannot even see it, a virus known as SARS-CoV-2. This virus is causing illness and death throughout the world, and it seems to be targeting our elders especially hard. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 de...

 
 By Wendell Fowler    Health    July 1, 2020

Your mind on mushrooms – a good thing

Memory fires flickering? Fear not! Mushrooms may be one of the best natural lines of defense for a healthy brain and clear mind. Despite joking about losing our minds, phones, or forgetting why we...

 

Alaska Health Fair expands testing options

Alaska Health Fair is closed for its traditional summer break from July 3 through July 12. The new Fall 2020 health schedule will be published shortly after that timeframe. Check out our website at www.alaskahealthfair.org for the dates being offere...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    July 1, 2020

New online service for Medicare Part B enrollment

Having trouble signing up for Medicare Part B, Medical Insurance, in the midst of these trying times? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the agency that handles the Medicare Part A and Part...

 
 By Amy Tribbett    Health    July 1, 2020

Hospice of Anchorage is adapting to coronavirus conditions

Usually, I would start my article off by saying something like, “I hope you are doing well.” It’s not that I don’t hope you are doing well, but these days, hoping you are well doesn’t feel sufficient. There are some of you who are...

 

Free training and support for caregivers

Editor’s note: This schedule may change, due to coronavirus safety measures. Be sure to confirm with the host agency prior to visiting. With senior centers still closed, the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold all peer...

 
 By Bonnie Murphy    Health    July 1, 2020

Why you don't have to peak in your 30s

We’ve all heard or even been told that getting old is something we have to live with and getting sick, feeble and diseased just comes with the territory. Well, I for one am going to fight it every step of the way and I am not going to settle for...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2020

New glimmers of hope for controlling COVID-19

New identification of genetic basis of COVID-19 susceptibility will aid treatment Italian researchers are reporting that they have been able to identify the genetic basis of susceptibility to...

 

Free webinar to improve interaction with people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will present a free online webinar for caregivers and professionals, “Engaging People Living with Dementia,” on July 14 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar will explore ways to create meaningful engagement for people...

 

When bees and bears collide

During our first summer of trying to be self sufficient and live off the land, my husband, Gary, decided to keep honeybees. The year was 1974 and we lived 23½ miles out of Fairbanks on the...

 
 By Dana Paperman    Local    July 1, 2020

Seward and walking poles: A beautiful match

With senior centers closed during the coronavirus pandemic, senior centers have been forced to make adjustments to their supported fitness programs, whether via ZOOM classes or taking activities...

 

Chugiak senior center says donation is well-timed

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (CERSC) accepted a $25,000 donation from the organization's Foundation fund at a presentation June 4, with organizational staff and local leaders in attendance. "The...

 

Territorial days bring liquor smugglers

When the U. S. Army took over responsibility for administering Alaska in 1867, law enforcement found it had its hands full trying to stem the flow of liquor into the territory. Up until alcohol...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2020

Fran Drescher and "The Nanny" reunion

Reassembling a dozen cast members from a popular 90s TV sitcom could pose a challenge for any network, much less an individual. But it was a task Fran Drescher relished. As the nasal-voiced star of th...

 

Telephone town hall answers your voting questions, July 22

What are the options for voting safely during this coronavirus pandemic? Join AARP Alaska for a telephone town hall with Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer and Director of Elections Gail Fenumiai to ask your questions about the upcoming election. What: A...

 

Social Security and representative payees

Important update to my Social Security’s Representative Payee portal Millions of Americans who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits need help managing their money and may need a representative payee. A...

 

Free online Tlingit language course

Editor’s note: This press release was received June 22, 2020. With COVID-19 continuing to threaten communities across Alaska, ongoing Tlingit language revitalization efforts are particularly at risk. Many Tlingit culture camps and language study...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    July 1, 2020

Estate planners and the consolation of philosophy

I can sum up the premise of today’s column in two words: philosophy matters. I’m not talking about Plato and Sartre and Descartes. I’m talking about the philosophy each of us brings to our...

 

Disinfecting phones; HBO; how to avoid data caps

Q. How do I disinfect a smartphone or tablet? A. Manufacturers usually publish guidelines for their products, and you should follow them. The most common advice is to avoid using too much liquid by applying it first to a clean, lint-free cloth. Use...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2020

Video calling for the tech-challenged

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some simple devices that can help tech-challenged seniors with video calls? My 80-year-old mother has been isolating herself for months now in fear of the coronavirus and I haven’t been able to see her...

 

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