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 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...

 
 By Lee Coray-Ludden    Columns    May 1, 2022 

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,...

 
 By Lisa Pijot    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Alaska's migrating birds inspire awe

Alaska is a place of endless sky, steep mountains, rolling tundra and miles of coastline. It is a place of climatic and geographic extremes, dynamic and diverse habitats, and abundant resources. Each...

 
 By Maraley McMichael    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Roadside litter-gathering, a longtime tradition

My first bike ride of the season was on April 1 this year, two weeks earlier than spring 2021. That first ride is always thrilling after months of winter snowshoe lap exercise. The sides of the...

 

Girdwood settles on Crow Creek

As news of gold spread through America in the mid-1890s, hundreds of people flooded onto Seattle docks seeking transportation northward. Among the 100 passengers who packed onto the Cook Inlet-bound...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Bill and Susan Hayes are still having the time of their lives on 'Days of Our Lives'

Actors Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth were married in 1974. Or was it 1976? Actually, it was both! The pair tied the knot when their "Days of Our Lives" characters (Doug and Julie) married two years...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Taxes complicate everything

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. Actually, he wrote it in French, but that’s not my point. As an estate planner, I deal with death all the time. I...

 
 By Bob Delaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Safeguard family stories; Exiting group chats

Q. I love making printed photo books on my computer. Is there a way to make something like a photo book, only with text instead? A. There are dozens of different tools for creating printed books on computers, but most of them are complex and hard to...

 

Prices are growing faster than Social Security benefits

Editor’s note: This press statement was received March 15, 2022. A new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) indicates that even after receiving the highest Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 40 years, seniors report they...

 

Over 70% of Alaskans want them; Will we get them back?

The Alaska Legislature has taken up four bills to address the damage that has been done to our campaign finance laws in a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. It has been a breath of fresh air to watch the legislative process in action,...

 

Myths and facts about health research

One of the reasons health research is important is to study the effectiveness and safety of a medicine. Some drugs may work in clinical trials but may not work in the field due to factors such as race, ethnicity, age, gender and more. Even though we...

 

How to manage when grieving returns

Q: It’s been several months since my loved one passed away. I have been through the stages of grief and have finally reached acceptance. But then - out of nowhere - I find myself plunged back into...

 

New research on Parkinson's, prostate cancer, brain benefits of having pets

Hidden brain benefits come with pet ownership Owning a pet, like a dog or cat, especially for five years or longer, may be linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new...

 

Handwritten treasure may require translation

I became alarmed when what I thought could become treasured gifts to my grandchildren might turn into indecipherable codes by the time they received them. Back in 2013, it was called to my attention t...

 

Howard Rock's burning light lives on

In 1911, near the village of Tikigaq, Howard Rock's shaman grandmother predicted he would become a great man. More than 50 years later, the prophecy came true. Rock, small in stature, did indeed...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2022

Western script enticed Don Murray back to the big screen

Joe Cornet never initially considered now 92-year-old Don Murray for a role in his 2021 western film "Promise." "I wanted an iconic actor for one of the roles and approached two other veteran western...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    April 1, 2022

When to expect your Social Security checks

Dear Savvy Senior: I am planning to retire and apply for my Social Security benefits in July. When can I expect my first check, and is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment? -- Almost 62 Dear Almost: Generally, Social...

 
 By Kenneth Kirk    Columns    April 1, 2022

Exploding the biggest myth about wills

People believe a lot of things that aren’t actually true. Butter doesn’t help a burn. Your hair and fingernails don’t continue to grow after you die. Sarah Palin didn’t say she could see...

 

How and why to preserve your digital legacy

Imagine losing access to your phone and all the data you ever created. If that thought scares you, read on. The terms “Digital Legacy” and “Digital Inheritance” describe what happens to digital information created by someone who is deceased....

 

Older workers coming into their own

Q: What are my chances of finding work over age 60? A: Amid the disruptive loss of jobs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been one counterbalancing force: An urgent demand for older...

 

March day trip turned hazardous for hunters

Editor's note: Al Clayton, who died in 2008, wrote this story about a cold misadventure. It's been edited and submitted by his daughter and Senior Voice Correspondent Maraley McMichael. I made a...

 

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