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 By Stephanie Wheeler    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Older Americans Month: In celebration of seniors everywhere

Older Americans Month is an annual celebration that serves as a platform to honor and appreciate the vital contributions that older persons play in our communities and in our society as a whole. Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrate...

 
 By Karen Casanovas    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Creating a better doctor-patient experience

Q: When I see the doctor, I give them my symptoms over and over, but they are dismissive of my pains and concerns. What can I do? A: As adults age, it is crucial to take control of one’s health and w...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Medicare and federal employee benefits

This month’s article will focus on how Medicare may work with health benefits for federal employees, retirees and annuitants. Employees and retired employees of the federal government are eligible f...

 
 By John Schieszer    Columns    May 1, 2024 

AI-powered chatbots are changing medicine

A chatbot app to quit smoking Researchers in Seattle, Wash. have now developed an artificial intelligence (AI) -powered chatbot app called QuitBot to help more people successfully quit smoking cigaret...

 
 By The Alaska Club    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Quick tips for pickleball improvement

Amy Poehler said "Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun". In addition to improving your balance, coordination, cardiovascular health and strength, pickleball is fun and along the way you can ma...

 

Household tips for a safer spring

Spring has sprung and the blooming flowers, buzzing bees, biting mosquitoes and trip hazards abound as you can finally get out of the house more often. With a few simple preparations, you can enjoy...

 
 By Maraley McMichael    Columns    May 1, 2024 

The garage sale to end them all

For three days in mid May 2022, I held my seventh and final garage sale. (The first was in 1975 in Fairbanks, before we moved to California.) My husband, Gary, and I conducted all the previous ones...

 

Strange sight soars over Teller

The people of Nome were planning a grand celebration in mid-May 1926. They'd decorated their fine city, set up committees, arranged receptions and lined up wagon teams to take school children to the a...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Actor David Selby's mom was a big fan

Born and raised in West Virginia, David Selby's extensive film, television and stage career included prominent roles in two very different TV shows in different generations: ABC's gothic soap opera...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Why is it so hard to find a lawyer in Alaska?

In the movie “War of the Roses”, a lawyer (played by Danny DeVito) mentions that he charges $450 per hour. This was in 1989, but even then, as a young attorney just starting out, the number see...

 
 By Bob Delaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2024 

Two-factor authentication explained

Q. What is two-factor authentication? A. The most common authentication method uses an account name and a password. That has been true since the earliest days of computing. The account name/password combination is considered a single factor...

 

Fountain pens will make you smarter

Yes, using fountain pens will make you smarter. Also, it turns out that using pencils and ballpoints will make you smarter too. However, I want to talk about fountain pens in particular because they...

 

Understanding the phases of Part D coverage

Prescription Drug Plan coverage is a valued element within Medicare. Known more commonly as Part D of Medicare, these policies are offered by privately managed insurance companies, and regulated both...

 

Empowered responses: Dealing with condescending remarks

Q: How do I handle rude, hurtful or condescending comments by family members or people who are part of my care team? A: In our daily interactions, we occasionally encounter individuals who seem to thr...

 

Spring cleaning for wildfire safety

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, it's the perfect time to tackle some spring cleaning around your home. This yearly tradition is not just about tidying up; it's also a good way to...

 

Alaska, chickens and their $35 dinner

Back in the spring of 1992, my husband Gary and I decided we wanted to raise homegrown chickens to eat, something we'd done twice before. But this time he also wanted some egg layers, so in addition t...

 

Vices abound in Anchorage's early history

The seeds of Alaska's biggest city were planted in April 1915 when the federal government authorized construction of a new railroad to connect Interior Alaska to tidewater in Seward and hundreds of...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2024

Diane Baker remembers TCM host Robert Osborne

The 15th Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is scheduled for April 18-21, in Hollywood. Canceled for a couple of years due to the pandemic, no one was more pleased to attend the festival when it...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    April 1, 2024

It may be time for a legal spring cleaning

Sometimes the near future is predictable, and sometimes it ain't. I was planning to write another column about the filing requirements which would apply to nearly all small corporations and LLCs...

 

Videotape converter, air purifiers, and laptop advice

Q. I have a box of videotapes from the 80s and 90s that I would like to preserve on my computer. What do I need to make this happen? A. This is easy to do once you have all the pieces you need. The...

 
 By Teresa Holt    Columns    March 1, 2024

We can help Alaskans save for retirement

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The more money you have for retirement, the more choices you have as you age. This year AARP Alaska is focusing on helping people young and old prepare to be financially fit i...

 

Caregiving: Is there an app for that?

Q: I care for three other people and am having difficulty tracking medical appointments and medication management for each of them. Are there any useful apps for my phone that could help me? A: In...

 

Staying steady as spring approaches

Falling down is no joke it's a serious threat for many people. But with some simple precautions, you can keep your balance and stay upright. I've slipped up a few times myself, so I've learned some...

 
 By Janet Warner    Columns    March 1, 2024

Enjoy more pickleball with proper shoes, warmups

We need each other. When your "peeps" are part of a fun activity, it's like a double shot of happiness. Movement and meaningful interactions. It's more than just the people or just the activity, it's...

 

Basketball memories run deep in Alaska

In the fall of 2002, my husband and I attended a Pioneers of Alaska Convention dinner for 400 people in the gym of Monroe High School in Fairbanks. A Glennallen Panther banner hung on the wall along...

 

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