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Articles from the October 1, 2019 edition

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Still in limbo: Senior health, hunger and finances

Congress is making its end-of-year legislative sprint, with hot-button health care legislation stuck behind critical must-pass spending bills before a government shutdown. But lawmakers often push shutdowns off with temporary all-inclusive spending...

 

Who cares? Alaska's caregivers, that's who

“Age Smart – Let’s Talk”, the series of forums sponsored by AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, returns Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. This month’s focus is...

 
 By Larry Curley    Columns    October 1, 2019 

Submit proposals for 2020 American Indian Aging Conference

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)’s 2020 American Indian Aging Conference. The conference will be held August 17-21, 2020 in Reno, Nevada at the Nugget Resort & Casino (1100 Nugget...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    October 1, 2019 

Senior exemptions for local sales taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” So wrote Ben Franklin to a colleague in 1789. Franklin was 83 at the time. Had he lived in some Alaskan communities a couple hundred years later, some taxes would not...

 
 By Ashley Withrow    News    October 1, 2019 

A thriving group of senior volunteers

In July, the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA) hosted the Third Annual Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Appreciation Luncheon. With a cohort of more than 80 volunteers...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    October 1, 2019 

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is here

What an amazing summer we have had! Now the weather has turned cooler and autumn is definitely in the air. As we plunge into all of the activities of this season, it is important to remember the Part...

 

October health fairs around the state

Alaska Health Fair’s fall season is rocking and rolling! Find the location most convenient to you and attend -- all events have free entry and are open to the public, featuring free health screenings, plus lots of free health and safety education...

 

Oct. 4 event on elder abuse in Alaska

The Alaska State Association for Guardianship and Advocacy (ASAGA) will present a workshop on how to detect and successfully address elder abuse at a half-day event Oct. 4 in Anchorage. “Forgotten Victims No More: Elder Abuse in Alaska,” will...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    October 1, 2019 

New research on hearing aid use, nuts

Microneedle patches in development Researchers now have come up with a skin patch that could potentially painlessly deliver vaccines and cancer medications in one minute. Nearly 100,000 new cases of...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in October. This month’s meetings will include discussion on how to take vital signs during caregiving – temperature, blood pressure, respiration,...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    October 1, 2019 

Surviving on hydrocodone and other opioids

Vicodin and Lortab are two brand names of one of the most popular drugs in the entire world. Generically, it is called "hydrocodone with apap" where the "apap" is an abbreviation for acetaminophen (ak...

 

A working adventure in King Salmon

During my senior year at Glennallen High School, my husband-to-be, Gary, was hired by Woodruff Construction, who had the contract to build an addition to the high school end of the K-12 building. Afte...

 

Elders & Youth Conference, Oct. 13-16 in Fairbanks

Celebrate the critical importance and diversity of our Alaska Native languages at the First Alaskans Institute 36th Annual Elders & Youth Conference, Oct. 13-16 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. This year’s theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun...

 

Myth surrounds Alaska purchase

One hundred and fifty-two years ago, a ceremony held in Sitka transferred Alaska from Russia to the United States. The agreed-upon purchase price of $7.2 million had been paid earlier in the year. It...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2019 

Growing up with 'Dracula' in your blood

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was a veteran of over 170 stage plays and several silent films in his native Hungary when forced to flee to Germany in 1919 for political reasons. Known under the stage...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    October 1, 2019 

Getting around when you no longer drive

Dear Savvy Senior: Where can I find out about alternative transportation services for my 80-year-old mother? It's time that she gives up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she'll...

 

Covering the expenses of bequeathed property

I have long been a fan of Robin Williams. From the first time I saw him, in "Mork and Mindy," to his wacky comedy routines on stage, to hilarious movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Morning,...

 

Password managers to the rescue

Q. What is a password manager and how does it work? A. Password managers are apps that use a master password to protect confidential information. They enable users to securely store more information than can be memorized. The two common...

 
 By Victor Block    Travel    October 1, 2019 

Cruises for out-of-the-way places and interests

Civil War buffs Tom and Elaine Preston wander through reconstructed forts where a major battle of that conflict was fought. Betsy and Andy Cross follow a guide slogging through a dense rainforest....

 

Rejoice Alaskans! Jet lag is strong eastbound, but returning is a dream

Alaskans travel for pleasure and often for the necessity of seeing far-flung family, and so jet lag is our constant companion. But a recent study from the Sleep Cycle Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at more than 1.5 million nights’ worth...

 

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...

 

Older Persons Action Group

Established in 1968, OPAG is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving services, developing programs, educating, promoting and implementing changes to help Alaska seniors live healthy, productive lives....

 

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