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Articles from the July 1, 2021 edition

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Telemedicine on ascendency – or the chopping block?

ANALYSIS As the nation emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine has transformed how millions of Americans, particularly seniors, see their doctors. Now the Biden administration and Congress must decide whether video and audio appointments...

 
 By Susan Reilly    Local    July 1, 2021

PRO Act will strengthen union retiree benefits

A strong and growing labor movement is good for workers and for all Americans. The labor movement has been and continues to be the leading force in the fight to strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, ensuring a measure of retirement...

 

Better pay, benefits will boost caregiving

I’ve had a front-row seat to the growing senior care crisis in Alaska, and I am worried. I’m worried about our seniors not getting the care they need, and I’m worried about professional caregivers leaving this field or Alaska to find better...

 

Gender identity and your grandchild

Question: My granddaughter’s good friend is a young woman she used to work with. They spend a lot of time together and have come to visit me. It is apparent they are a couple. I’m not sure how to...

 

COVID update: Vaccinations, vitamin D and nanobodies

Getting vaccinated helps protects others who don’t Older adults who get vaccinated against COVID-19 may also be protecting their unvaccinated family members. Researchers at the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics have found that the...

 

Coming soon: An online workout for your brain

For older people, going to a gym on a regular basis helps to build strength and stamina by exercising the body in systematic, increasingly exerting ways. This effort pays off with a reduced chance of falls, better coordination and balance, improved...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    July 1, 2021

Alaska Health Fair is taking a summer break

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. takes an extended break twice a year – after each active and heavy duty health fair season. We do this to provide our few paid staff, plus our dedicated and cherished volunteers a longer period to take their own...

 
 By Colton T. Percy    Health    July 1, 2021

Appealing a Medicare denial

Every Medicare beneficiary has the right to appeal a denial of coverage for services or items made by Medicare. However, there are some things you should know. First, you need to understand why Medicare denied coverage in the first place. Then you...

 
 By Amy Tribbett    Health    July 1, 2021

The differences between volunteer and Medicare hospice

Hospice is not a place. And hospice care is not just about those who are dying. Hospice is a comprehensive, compassionate kind of care that focuses on living – hospice is about living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, up...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2021

New 'smart toilet' will be able to analyze stool

Smart toilet may be able to analyze stool For the first time, researchers are suggesting that an artificial intelligence tool can be used for long-term tracking and management of chronic...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program has moved into a new office located at 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 205 (located in the 4D Professional Building). You can call them at 907-262-1280 or email dkebschull@soldotnaseniors.com....

 

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...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Local    July 1, 2021

Pickleball brings seniors together for fun and fitness

Aging surely has its challenges and one is keeping up your physical health as your body slowly deteriorates. Add an injury or major operation and the road to recovery may be too hard to meet ...

 
 By Diann Darnall    Local    July 1, 2021

Geocaching keeps Fairbanks couple active year-round

Alaska International Senior Games bowlers Phil and Lois Heine continue to encourage each other to expand their activities. This past year the Fairbanks couple have stepped up their personal...

 

A lifetime of Alaska fishing memories

I don't recall one of my first fishing experiences, but according to a family photo, grayling were caught in a little creek near Twin Lakes, about mile 28 of the Nabesna Road in the summer of 1958....

 

Alaska's summer festivals are returning

Shake off the pandemic isolation and check out the sights and sounds of a local festival, most of which were canceled last year. Be sure to observe safety precautions, and check online for updates. Peony Celebration, July 9-24 in Homer. Come see...

 

Horses cross raging waters in riverboat

Hair-raising experiences, hardships and back-breaking toil were common to the lives of those who struggled to take from Nature her wealth of precious minerals. Few emerged victorious, thousands...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2021

Family favorite 'Matilda' turns 25

When British author Roald Dahl's beloved 1988 novel "Matilda" was transformed into a fantasy comedy movie a decade later, the film became hugely popular. It remains an enjoyable family movie to watch...

 
 By Ken Stewart    Local    July 1, 2021

Discounts, upgrades for Alaska's broadband service

The COVID-19 pandemic solidified our dependence on the internet. Throughout the Lower 48, high speed internet access is a given. In Alaska’s rural – and at times, urban – communities, high speed internet access can be hard to come by. According...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    July 1, 2021

Giving away the estate requires strategy, planning

One strategy you can use in estate planning is “lifetime gifts”. In other words, you sign things over to your heirs while you’re still alive, instead of making them wait until you’re gone....

 

App removal, Tracker tags, Google Photos fees

Q. There is an app on my phone that I do not use. Can I save space by removing it? A. Not only will you save space, removing unneeded apps will make the phone much less cumbersome to use. When I set up my mom’s new iPhone, I removed all but the...

 

Celebrate America, celebrate democracy

It was no time to celebrate in large crowds the past two years, so Independence Day celebrations across the state were canceled. But they're back now. In Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), the midnight sun...

 

Awareness and training to confront elder abuse

Dear Editor, June 15, 2021 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities in the United States and all over the world sponsored events to highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. The State of Alaska, Long-Term Care...

 

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