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Web blockers, Cellular 911, new laptops

Q. Is it possible to block a website from view? A. Yes, but like so many questions, the how-to part of the answer begins with “it depends.” There are many different apps that filter website content. They use various methods behind the scenes and...

 

Legislation would expand, strengthen Social Security

Editor’s note: This press statement was received June 9, 2022. Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senator Bernie Sanders today introduced joint legislation, the Social Security Expansion Act (SSEA), to strengthen and expand Social Security for current...

 

Adapting to transition is an ongoing process

Q: Due to a change in my health and physical capabilities, I moved to assisted living away from close friends. I’m not happy about this new situation. I feel lost and alone. A: Starting a new phase...

 

Legislature fails to pass limits: Now what?

The Alaska state legislature failed to pass any bills this session to replace the campaign finance laws that were struck down by a federal court recently. So now, there are no limits to how much a person can donate to one or more candidates running...

 

Legislature: AARP Alaska as fierce defender

Note: This story was updated after the printed version went to press. AARP Alaska advocates for public policies that matter most to Alaskans age 50 and older and their families. During the 2021-22 legislative session, we passed 15 of our 22 budget...

 
 By Dr. Emily Kane    Columns    July 1, 2022

Focus on food, exercise for lifetime health

Is your “lifestyle” correlated to your health? Although the intuitively obvious answer is a resounding “yes”, very little credence is given in the standard of care to the powerful impact of your day-to-day choices on your wellbeing. It’s...

 

Staying cool in hot, smoky weather

We all love summer and sometimes our Alaska summers are warmer and smokier than others. How do you stay cool? Seniors need to be careful of overheating, our bodies don’t adjust as well to higher temperatures, and we tend to get more dehydrated....

 

When self-sufficiency and chickens collide

Living at our place on Chena Hot Springs Road out of Fairbanks the spring of 1975, my husband Gary and I wanted to be as self-sufficient as possible. We had five acres, but no electric power. Besides...

 

Beacons in the wilderness for prospectors

Some courageous pioneers saw the possibilities of the Yukon Basin years before the Klondike Gold Rush. And a few stand out above the rest, including Leroy Napoleon "Jack" McQuesten, Alfred Mayo and...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2022

Singing legend Johnny Mathis still touring at 86

Chances are, every time velvet-voiced Johnny Mathis takes center stage during his current U.S. tour, the atmosphere could turn Misty. Sure, some devoted Mathis fans might swoon teary-eyed with waves...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    July 1, 2022

People don't read instructions

A long time ago, in a land far, far away (well, Juneau is pretty far away) there was a group of legislators who tried to do the right thing. They wanted to update and improve the laws about what...

 

Podcasts, Internet Explorer, two great websites

Q. How do I listen to podcasts? A. As the old saying goes, “there is an app for that.” Many different apps, in fact. And beyond apps, most podcasts are just a click away on the Web. Podcasts are audio-only programs that have exploded in...

 

Get the facts about the Equality Act and LGBTQ+ seniors

The Equality Act is a piece of federal legislation that would update current civil rights laws for the 21st century. It includes significant and explicit protections for LGBTQ+ people in public accommodations, federally funded programs, employment,...

 

The good, bad and ugly of family caregiving duties

Q: My wife’s brother refuses to pitch in and help their father, who needs assistance with grocery shopping, bill paying and bathing. The brother lives closest to Dad’s house. We are thousands of...

 

Farm tour surprises include familiar names, shared pasts

My sister, Jeanette, who lives in Soldotna, made arrangements for the four of us siblings to go on a farm tour, though Margaret Adsit, original owner of Alaska Farm Tours. As the date got closer, it...

 

Last shot of Civil War lands in Bering Sea

Seventy-four days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate forces at the Appomattox courthouse in Virginia, and almost two months after the Confederate Army stopped fighting on land, the l...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2022

60s pop singer Donna Loren traded fame for family

When a top female British singer declined to appear on the premiere episode of the new American musical variety show "Shindig!" on Sept. 16, 1964, the producer knew who to call – Donna Loren....

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    June 1, 2022

Actions, including financial, always have consequences

Here’s a very common question I am asked: “How much can I give my kids while I’m alive?” The correct answer is “How much ya got? You can give it all away to them”. It's true. This is...

 

Photoshop alternatives, faster home networks, and laundry apps

Q. Is there a good image editor for making my photos look better? I want something like Photoshop but less expensive. A. Free tools to retouch photos are installed on many devices and bundled with cloud services like Google Photos. The power of...

 
 By Dr. Yanira Cruz    Columns    May 1, 2022

The strong role of older adults in our lives

U.S. culture is often described as youth focused - a description that is certainly true of U.S. popular culture. Driven by Hollywood standards of beauty and fashion, our media outlets inundate us...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    May 1, 2022

Many rewards to be found in volunteerism

Q: I am the leader of a youth group who is looking for volunteer activities. Are there young-person friendly organizations where we can lend a hand to seniors? A: Yes, there are. May is Older American...

 

Your Medicare questions answered in person

Medicare is part of the Social Security Administration. Medicare can be a complex and sometimes confusing program. It helps to have someone to talk to and ask questions to. That is my job. My name is Lee Coray-Ludden, I am based out of the Soldotna...

 
 By John Schieszer    Columns    May 1, 2022

Good news for coffee drinkers and golfers

Prunes pack powerful nutrient punch A prune or six a day may help keep inflammation at bay, according to a new study looking at daily prune consumption. It found eating nutrient-rich prunes every day...

 
 By Dr. Emily Kane    Columns    May 1, 2022

Save your brain with these approaches

An estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease today.  This is nearly 11% of seniors in the U.S. The cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s is approaching $300 billion annually, which is greater...

 
 By Jim Lavrakas    Columns    May 1, 2022

Move smart to avoid pickleball injuries

I've hurt myself a couple of times playing pickleball, and each time it could have been avoided. Moving too quickly – lunging, twisting and throwing myself on the ground - caused lower back pain,...

 

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