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 By John C. Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2021 

Sleep trackers increase in popularity, usefulness

It is now possible to find out lots of details about what you are doing while you are sleeping at night. There are wrist sensors, rings and a host of other gadgets that measure how much sleep you are getting on a nightly basis. They are known as...

 
 By John C. Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2021 

Can you transmit COVID if you are vaccinated?

The latest studies show that a person who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can still become infected with the virus. However, there have been many questions about whether a fully vaccinated adult can transmit the virus. “It would be very rare....

 
 By Colton T. Percy    Health    May 1, 2021 

What moving means for your Medicare benefits

It’s that time of year again; the sun is warm, breakup is messy, and the snowbirds are migrating back to Alaska. It’s the time of year where the year-round residents and snowbirds alike are asking themselves, “Is this the year I finally...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    May 1, 2021 

Spring health fair services continue

Spring blood test date offerings continue through May for Southcentral and Southeast programs and mid-June for the Tanana Valley Northern Region Program. We continue to follow our appointment-based model, which works well and our clients are...

 
 By Katie Dougherty    Health    May 1, 2021 

An Alzheimer's disease resource for Alaskans

Kay, tell us first about the mission of Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska? ARA's mission is to support Alaskans affected by Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and other disabilities to ensure...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2021 

Health benefits of exercise, wine and coffee

Wine drinking may help protect against cataracts People who consume alcohol moderately appear less likely to develop cataracts that require surgery. Wine consumption showed the strongest protective...

 
 By Dani Kebschull    Health    May 1, 2021 

Family caregiver tip of the month

Caring for someone else can and will involve all the management skills you can muster. Depending on your loved one’s needs, you might be managing a variety of things from medications to bathing, to transportation. The more organized you are, the ea...

 

News update on COVID risks, testing, more

Smart watch detects COVID infection A new kind of smart watch may be able to tell if you become infected with COVID-19. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers are testing whether a wristwatch can capture real-time data and alert we...

 

Expanded services from Hospice of Anchorage

Hospice of Anchorage is pleased to announce an exciting expansion of our Resource Center. All resources will be available to the Anchorage community at no cost. This expansion helps fulfill our mission: to help individuals and families prepare for...

 

Your home health care benefits with Medicare

What is home health care? What services are included in home health care? Who is eligible for these services? These are some common questions that people have about their Medicare benefits. Home health care includes a wide range of health and social...

 

Spring Health Fair opportunities

April is a busy month for all Alaskans and the wonderful prospect of seeing more friends and family is right around the corner. Alaska Health Fair’s busy office and community draw schedule is updated occasionally, so check our website for the most...

 

Hospital visits: Supporting a person living with dementia

As the old saying goes, “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” Unfortunately, for older adults and people living with dementia, a hospitalization is more often a matter of when. Do you have an emergency hospital plan in place? Being prepared can...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    April 1, 2021

New insights on golf, plant protein and joint replacements

Boosting veggie intake may benefit the brain What you eat on a daily basis may be very important in terms of preventing dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that often precedes...

 

Caregiving for a loved one needs planning, teamwork

Question: My mom received both dosages of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and I recently traveled home to visit her. While there I noticed she was having trouble doing tasks she used to do with ease....

 

Tips on getting your COVID shot in Alaska

I got vaccinated at the Alaska Airlines Center, a large sports stadium on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. I said to Christy, my wife, “Now I know what salmon on a cannery conveyer belt feel like.” OK, not a perfect analogy because the...

 

Life after vaccination: How safe is it?

Many older adults are becoming fully immunized against COVID-19. Being immunized is an important way to keep yourself safe but vaccines do not allow you to drop all other public health precautions to prevent COVID-19. While full immunization should h...

 

Medicare and taking care of your behavioral health

Did you know that Medicare can help cover costs associated with behavioral health care? Behavioral health care includes mental illness and addiction-related issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “a mental illness is...

 

Spring into wellness with a health fair appointment

Alaska Health Fair’s spring schedule is busy providing services to Alaskans. Find current dates at www.alaskahealthfair.org and check back frequently, as the schedule is fluid. We continue to add new dates as they come available and make changes...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    March 1, 2021

Keeping your balance as you age takes work

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about balance exercises? I’ve fallen a few times over the past year and have read that balance exercises can help me regain my steadiness, but I’m not exactly sure what to do. — Unsteady at 70 Dear Unstea...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

With senior centers still closed for most activities, the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold all March peer support meetings on Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at its office at 44539 Sterling Highway, Suite 202 in the Blazy Mall in...

 

Free online classes teach movement as medicine

"Move today and you'll love moving tomorrow." - Ruthy Alon, Feldenkrais Method© Practitioner and movement trainer. We have endless options to move, to go place to place, up and down, side to...

 
 By Amy Tribbett    Health    March 1, 2021

Hospice has resources for you, the caregiver

Are you caring for someone who is seriously ill? We can help. Hospice of Anchorage understands that being a caregiver is an important job. You shoulder many responsibilities caring for a friend or relative who is seriously ill. You may also have...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2021

Robotics and knee replacements; benefits of tea, coffee

Newly discovered benefits of tea and coffee Adding more tea and coffee drinking to your daily routine may reap some important hidden health benefits. Stroke and heart attack survivors can reduce...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    March 1, 2021

Autoimmune disorders and risk of infection

Having an autoimmune condition, or a thyroid condition can make you more susceptible to coronavirus complications. Think of autoimmune conditions in the same manner you would other immunosuppressive disorders (cancer, organ transplantation, history...

 

New guidelines for better nutrition and health

Every five years since 1980, the U.S. government has released a new version of the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”. These reports are thorough reviews of up-to-date diet and health research, focused on population-wide health promotion and...

 

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