Articles from the July 1, 2023 edition

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Bill passages are a win for older Alaskans, families

The 33rd Alaska Legislature concluded its first year of the two-year session on May 18—one day after its 121-day constitutional regular session limit. The governor called a special session, asking the legislature to agree to a balanced budget f...

 

Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area provider businesses and agencies

Interested in learning more about fellow 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, sponsored by Older Persons Action...

 
 By David Washburn    Columns    July 1, 2023

Safety is about awareness and follow-through

In this edition, we present the second in our new series on safety, written by City of Houston Fire Chief Christian M. Hartley. He brings wisdom from years of experience working in safety and emergency management and this month he writes about being...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    July 1, 2023

'All the lonely people' includes many of us

"Ah, look at all the lonely people." -The Beatles You hear him talk or you read his words and you think, "Now, this guy's a real mensch." It's all the more amazing considering that Dr. Vivek Murthy...

 

Feed Jake: A best friend until the end

Q: I will be moving to a smaller apartment soon and am not sure if I should take my dog with me. What do you think? A: Our relationship with animals is an interchangeable one, as they can provide a...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2023

Better life quality with a self-care approach

Adopting some self-care techniques may reap huge health benefits. Self-care is defined as the process of establishing behaviors to ensure holistic well-being of oneself. It is about taking the time...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Columns    July 1, 2023

Your Medicare Part D prescription benefits

Medicare includes Part D, the prescription drug benefit, offered through private health insurance companies. Each prescription drug plan meets federal requirements as managed by the Centers for...

 

Our glorious summer sun is also hazardous

As we joyfully bask in the extended daylight hours of the Land of the Midnight Sun this July, let’s not forget that this month is also UV Safety Month. We Alaskans cherish our unique summers but it’s crucial to remember that the risk of harmful UV...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2023

Pill may reduce need for knee, hip replacements

New pill may help prevent knee and hip replacements A new study is suggesting that a low dose of colchicine may be associated with lower incidences of both total knee replacement and total hip...

 

Help with utility bills for Anchorage seniors

Do you know an Anchorage senior living in a household having difficulty paying a utility bill? Starting up again on July 1, the Anchorage Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) may be able to help. We all know sometimes life just isn’t easy and...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Family Caregiver Support Programs offer free support meetings to 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...

 
 By Kathy Rseszut    Health    July 1, 2023

Lung cancer screening: Convenient and saves lives

Why should I get screened for lung cancer? Current and former smokers have a higher risk for lung cancer. Screening could save our life by catching lung cancer early when it’s more likely to be treatable. Who can get screened for lung cancer? If y...

 

Remember to play it safe when playing outdoors

Staying active is crucial for physical and mental health. Walking is a low-impact exercise that provides numerous health benefits. As we all head outdoors for our walks, we need to take every chance...

 
 By Jim Lavrakas    Columns    July 1, 2023

Focus your pickleball on 'high percentage' shots

Whether you've played a racquet sport in the past, or are new to pickleball, hitting the ball without thinking about what kind of shot you're hitting is a typical mindset of the amateur player....

 

Gardening's gifts endure across time and place

One spring morning during breakfast, back in 2003 when we lived in Slana, my husband Gary said, "I turned the oil stove on out in the greenhouse. Let's move plants today." "Fine," I replied, glad to g...

 
 By Linda Kruger    Local    July 1, 2023

Age-friendly ideas abound in Juneau

In May, the Juneau AARP Community Action Team (CAT) and the Juneau Commission on Aging (JCOA) joined forces to celebrate National Older Americans Month with three listening sessions to gather information for Age-Friendly Juneau. Earlier this spring...

 

State's Elder Mentors come together in Anchorage

Last month, fifty Elder Mentors from all over Alaska gathered in Anchorage for the annual Elder Mentor conference. This year's theme was "Connecting Through Service". Returning Elder Mentor...

 

City of Seattle turns to piracy

If you have ever traveled to Seattle you may have visited its iconic Pioneer Square, which once was the heart of the Washington city. During the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, Seattle was the...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2023

Donny Osmond takes his show on the road

Fans of Donny Osmond won't have to travel to Las Vegas to experience the singer's long-running popular stage show currently headlining at Harrah's Casino. The 70s teen idol begins his summer tour in...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    July 1, 2023

Trusts and assets: Getting it all in there

Some years ago I had a meeting with a woman who had created a trust, using another lawyer, a few years earlier. She had questions about the trust, which I was able to answer, and it turned out that...

 

PC and mobile games; motion sensor nightlights

Q. I would like to get back into playing PC games. Where should I start? A. The universe of high-quality “traditional” computer games is bigger than ever. Online storefronts for computer-based games fall into two major groups: mobile games for han...

 

Summer offers festivals and fairs, near and far

It seemed like it would never happen, but the snow is gone and you can take to the road to check out all the great summer fairs and festivals Alaska has to offer. This year, try voyaging in a...

 

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