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Articles from the November 1, 2013 edition

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Scammers targeting Alaskans' Medicare and banking info

The Alaska State Medicare Information Office is spreading this alert about a prevalent scam: Scammers pretending to be Medicare representatives have been calling Alaska seniors recently looking for their Medicare numbers and banking information....

 

New staff will assist seniors in Yakutat, Saxman

Seniors in Yakutat and Saxman will soon have new staff available to help link them with supportive services, thanks to federal funding. Catholic Community Services announced in early October that HUD...

 
 By Dianne Barske    News    November 1, 2013

Tools for creating and for living

"Our objective is helping people to live as independently as they would like. Confidence is our goal." Lowell Zercher, Manual Skills Instructor for the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually...

 

Seniors, watch out: Scammers are targeting you

We seniors are natural scam targets and very susceptible to fraud. As we get older we are less likely to consider the downside of the financial risks – we are more apt to look at the upside. We are less critical in our decision making, which makes...

 

Proposed assisted living facility regulations will harm businesses, seniors

Another fall arrives and with it comes proposed regulations from the State of Alaska that will again put at risk our seniors and residents with disabilities across Alaska. We could spend our time getting upset and angry over this same old situation...

 

Hospice: care with comfort and dignity

“It was hard to see him go, he could hardly speak. I was so glad to have him here at home. One night I watched the kitty jump up on the bed near his head and Dick said very clearly ‘Hi Zackie.’ I knew then Dick knew he was home”. – June...

 

Don't let poor food sanitation spoil your holidays

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, I've had several wake-up calls about safe food handling practices (actually these were calls to my Cooperative Extension Service office where I was not...

 
 By Rita Hatch    Columns    November 1, 2013

More news about Medicare -- and then some more

I bring you some details about the Medicare Part D drug program for 2014. Enrollment started October 15th and will continue until Dec. 7, 2014. The lowest premium is $12.50 per month but there is a...

 

November health fairs

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. winds up its fall series of health fair events 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 potential problems early,...

 

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following meetings and trainings in November: Nov. 5, Caregiver training at Sterling Senior Center, 1 to 2 p.m., “Guide to a Restful Sleep”. Nov. 12, Peer support meeting at Soldo...

 

Free Alzheimer's memory screenings in November

In observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will be offering free, confidential memory screenings at the following locations: Anchorage Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Rd., November 19, 1 to 5 p.m....

 

Latest research on health and nutrition

Adding more pumpkin to your diet may have beneficial effects This month a new crop of seasonal nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable “superfoods” will be harvested. Superfoods increase our overall...

 

Free panel discussion will look at senior substance abuse

“Oh, that’s how it is done!” Whether it is a young child, learning how to read, or an older adult, learning how to use a computer, having a mentor can make it much easier to learn. A teacher or experienced person can show us, for example, what...

 
 By Diana Weber    Health    November 1, 2013

Insist on your equal opportunity housing rights

If your low income housing complex was developed with federal loans or grants, the owner must comply with federal Civil Rights law, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the...

 

A passion for teaching and sharing

Each month the residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center have a date with Ron Crawford. It's a date complete with popcorn and a movie, often one which touches the heart, raises spirits and...

 

Bethel welcomes new long-term care facility

The "Yukon Kuskokwim Elder's Home," a new Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation residential skilled nursing and long term care facility in Bethel, will accommodate up to 18 residents, providing vital...

 

Teddy bear rehab in Cooper Landing

Jean "Nana" Sether still thinks about her kids, her nuggets. For over 16 years, Nana was a daycare worker in Seward and owned Nana's Nuggets Daycare a good part of that time. In 2007, she retired to...

 

November lecture series in Juneau focuses on Native spirituality

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a noon lecture series in Juneau to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on spirituality, said SHI President Rosita Worl. Native spirituality is a...

 

Saint Elias: tough every foot of the way

Mount Saint Elias, the first point sighted by white man on the mainland of Alaska in 1741, has proved a mighty challenge to mountaineers. The second highest peak in the United States, behind Mount...

 

Marvin Kaplan's voice was as well-known as his face

Half a century ago, the country was embroiled in civil rights conflicts, a war in Asia and mourning the loss of a president. When released in the midst of this social turmoil in 1963, Stanley...

 

Working with and through all those niggling little details

Dear Jonathan: My parents are coming out to visit me next month. One of the reasons for the visit is to prepare durable power of attorneys for financial and health care matters because they want me to act on their behalf in the event they are unable...

 
 By Debra James    News    November 1, 2013

Changes coming to Heating Assistance Program

The Division of Public Assistance is making a few minor revisions to the Heating Assistance Regulations to clarify language for expedite time frame for crisis application processing, to provide clarification for utility deposits and to update the def...

 

Tech Talk: Ideas for transmitting super-large files

Q. I have approximately 100 pictures from a recent vacation that I’d like to send to others. Any suggestions for a program I should use for this? A. “Sending” photos to me means transmitting them, in which case it would be via email. One word...

 

scottsdale cowboys indians desert oddities and much more

Women wearing the latest fashions strolled into Gucci and Neiman Marcus intent on adding to their chic wardrobe. Not far away, my wife Fyllis, wearing blue jeans and boots, was learning to lasso...

 

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