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Articles from the October 1, 2013 edition

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 By Adam Harkness    News    October 1, 2013

PFD time is fraud prime time

On Oct. 3, approximately 650,000 Alaskans will wake up with an extra $900, so Better Business Bureau is taking the opportunity to encourage Permanent Fund Dividend recipients to shop smart and donate thoughtfully. Scammers and schemers are sure to...

 
 By Sarana Schell    News    October 1, 2013

Scammers have gone high-tech, experts warn

For tech-savvy fraudsters, Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends are like beacons, said Scott Sterling of the state Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance. Sterling was one of several speakers at a Sept. 20 resource fair for vulnerable adults at the...

 

Senior Voice wins awards in national media contest

A nationwide media contest has recognized Senior Voice for excellence. The 2013 National Mature Media Awards contest awarded Senior Voice for three entries: • a Silver award for regular contributor Stephanie Jaeger’s article, “Choosing...

 

Be alert for Medicare and Marketplace fraud

While people in Alaska such as Navigators, Assistors and staff in many departments are preparing for people to enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) Health Insurance Marketplace, scam artists and crooks are licking their chops, too....

 

After a lifetime of struggle, attention has been spanned

“Mom? Hey, Mom? Watch me!” We three little girls implored her to pay attention. She distractedly glanced at us, as we pumped high on the backyard swing or pedaled madly on our trikes. “Mom?...

 

Lifestyle choices to beat the flu season

Flocks of geese, noisy in their southern-bound departure, an unmistakable scent in the morning air, a light snow covering the mountain tops - fall has definitely arrived. It can be a time of excitement with the rush of back-to-school, new indoor...

 

October health fairs coming to locations near you

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. continues its fall series of health fair events around the state this month, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. These tests can help you learn about your health and detect...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Health    October 1, 2013

Medicare shopping season is here

This month, October, is going to be a busy month for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. October 15 through December 7, 2013, is the timeline to check out the Medicare Part D prescription drug...

 
 By Toney Bischoff    News    October 1, 2013

Meet OPAG's newest information assistant

My name is Charles Bischoff but I prefer to be known as “Toney.” I am a senior at University of Alaska Anchorage in human services and have been an intern at Older Persons Action Group for seven...

 

Medicare Information Office is ready to help

The Medicare Information Office and its satellite offices around the state will be available for consultation during the annual enrollment period, October 15 through December 7. If your prescription insurance coverage is a Medicare Part D Plan,...

 

Free Alzheimers research forums in November

Alzheimer’s Resource Agency of Alaska will offer free educational forums in Anchorage, Juneau and Palmer in November, covering the latest in Alzheimer’s disease research. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Maureen Nash, who will discuss Lewy Body...

 

Does being religious make you healthier?

Seniors who attend religious services regularly tend to live longer and enjoy better health. The percentage of Americans who say they go to church is about the same as in 1940, even though you may believe that religion is on the wane in this...

 

Study group identifies top 25 Alaska health care concerns

Healthy Alaskans 2020, a joint effort between the state of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, has released its “25 Leading Health Indicators” — a list of critical health priorities...

 

Vaccine, coffee and video games for better health

All older adults are encouraged to get flu vaccine For the first time there will be a vaccine which protects against four strains of the flu virus. Until now, flu vaccines only have protected against...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

A special all-day “Savvy Caregiver Workshop” will be offered by the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska this month for caregivers in Soldotna and Homer. The dates and locations are: Oct. 17, Soldotna Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, Homer...

 
 By Diana Weber    Health    October 1, 2013

We need more thoughtfulness in caregiving

We can judge a society by how it treats the weakest of its members. As the number of seniors with dementia rises rapidly, each of us should reflect on how we treat people disabled by Alzheimer’s or...

 

Work continues on Anchorage Veterans Memorial

The Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial renovations at the Delaney Park Strip are substantially complete thanks to the volunteer committee, private donors and public agencies that have been working on the...

 

Grant will aid Tlingit language preservation efforts

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received a federal grant to fund a Tlingit language mentor-apprentice program in Southeast Alaska. The $454,828 grant from the Administration of Native Americans for Language Preservation and Maintenance will...

 

Learn something new this fall

Bunkering down for the winter does not have to mean closing down the mind. University of Alaska campuses in Fairbanks and Anchorage both host educational programs for older people who like learning in a fun environment with likeminded peers. In...

 

Arizona editor takes on Alaska post office job

John Clum, the colorful editor of the widely known “Tombstone Epitaph,” made his mark on Alaska in the late 1890s. He was appointed post office inspector for the territory in March 1898. He and...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2013

Elly May offers up some vittles with her stories

If ever an actor was recognized by one career role, it was Donna Douglas with her portrayal of ‘Elly May’ in the highly popular CBS 60s comedy, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” In the four decades...

 

Dividing an estate "equally" when amounts differ

Dear Jonathan: I am a widowed mother of four adult children and I am in the process of making out a new will, and I have a question. I want to treat my children equally, but I have financially supported two of my children to the tune of $200,000 or...

 

Keep the computer on or turn it off?

Q. My grandson offered to “fine-tune” my Windows 7 computer to make it run better, though it wasn’t really having any problems. He installed several programs and now I’m having problems where none existed before. Could the programs he...

 
 By Sandra Scott    Travel    October 1, 2013

wellesley island

Wellesley Island is the second largest island in the Thousand Islands. Actually, there are many more than 1,000 islands in the St. Lawrence River. The area was once the playground of the rich and...

 

Standing up for Alaska's seniors and retirees

With Alaska having the fastest growing senior population in the country, we must lay the foundation for an Alaskan retirement to be as attractive as an Alaskan career. As our population ages we will face new challenges in providing services and adapt...

 

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