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 By Sharon Story    Health    December 1, 2022 

Sharon and Jerry: A caregiver's story

"When you love someone with dementia, the goal is not perfection... it's okay to be good enough." Years ago, when I was just starting my career as an intern principal in the Anchorage School...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    December 1, 2022 

Medicare offers benefits to military veterans

As a military veteran, this month’s topic resonates with me. Medicare can work with military-related healthcare, whether you are a military veteran or a military retiree. As a reminder, Original Medicare (available to the majority of eligible...

 

Year-end greetings from Alaska Health Fair, Inc.

Our fall season has come to a close. Health fairs will resume in January 2023. Please sign up to our newsletter at www.alaskahealthfair.org, and we will notify you when the new schedule is published.  We thank all of you – our clients,...

 

At-home clinical trials

There are many new clinical trials available to Alaskans that are conducted at home. Clinical trials are medical research studies designed to test the safety and effectiveness of new investigational drugs, devices or treatments in humans. These...

 

Was 'breakthrough' Alzheimer's drug oversold?

A lot of hype about an alleged breakthrough drug for Alzheimer’s disease may leave some families disappointed yet again. On Sept. 27, 2022, pharmaceutical company Eisai in Tokyo and biotechnology firm Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, issued a...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    December 1, 2022 

New research on almonds, UTIs and cancer

Almonds may pack important hidden health benefit Eating a handful of almonds a day can greatly benefit your tummy because almonds significantly increase the production of butyrate, a short-chain...

 

Different ways to connect and enjoy the holidays

Finding joy in small things, sharing our stories, and giving to others are powerful ways to connect with family and friends during the holiday season. The ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) team would like to share a few suggestions that...

 

5 ways over-the-counter hearing aids are different

Consumers can now buy hearing aids without a prescription, possibly saving thousands of dollars per pair. The new devices - designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss - are expected to...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in December. Support meetings allow you to share your experiences as a caregiver, or support someone who is a caregiver. If you are helping a family...

 

Leftovers: The holiday blessings that keep giving

With the fall and winter holiday season already upon us, we are planning menus and stocking up on ingredients to make family favorites. You may already intentionally plan for leftovers, using "cook...

 

Long COVID, vaccines and antibody tests

Here is some good news for older adults who are worried about long COVID. A new study has found that most people infected with the SARS-CoV2 virus recover within 12 months, regardless of the severity. The study showed that 75% recovered at the...

 

Easy lifestyle changes combat breast cancer, stroke

Walking away from breast cancer Boosting physical activity levels and curbing sitting time are highly likely to lower breast cancer risk, according to a newly published study in the British Journal...

 

Bonanza for at-home medical studies

PicnicHealth is a business with a new approach to medical studies. It will take the information from your medical history through an online portal and share it with researchers. All of your records, no matter how many times you move, will be...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in November. If you are helping a family member or friend by being a caregiver, learn what kind of help is available. There is no charge for these serv...

 

Fall health fairs wrap up this month

Alaska Health Fair is approaching the end of our fall event schedule with our final community events. Nov. 1 and 15, There are two Fairbanks Office Draw dates that are filling fast for Nov. 1 and 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment only. Nov....

 

Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder before it starts

Combating seasonal affective disorder (SAD) requires a multi-prong approach that may include light therapy, psychotherapy, antidepressant medications, or vitamin D. Known as "the winter blues,"...

 

It's the busy season for Alaska health fairs

October is one of our busiest months for Alaska Health Fairs. We continue to provide pre-scheduled appointment-based services to communities and worksites. October community events include many in Anchorage and Fairbanks, plus Delta Junction,...

 
 By Denny Darby    Health    October 1, 2022

Parkinson's support groups statewide

My name is Denny Darby. I work for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation as the Resource Coordinator for the state of Alaska. I live in Juneau. My job is to identify people with Parkinson’s disease throughout Alaska, form Parkinson’s support...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program office is located at 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 205 (located in the 4D Professional Building). You can call them at 907-262-1280 or email kpfcsp@soldotnaseniors.com. Support meetings allow...

 

Knees that talk; phones that detect strokes; tea and longevity

Hold on, I am getting a message from my knee It is now possible to receive data from your knee about how it is healing. Knee replacements are getting smarter and may improve outcomes, thanks to a new...

 

Healthy nutrition requires planning and effort

There are many health benefits to getting leaner, going well beyond fitting more comfortably in your clothes. It is important to savor food, take time to cook nice meals and especially take time to chew and enjoy every mouthful. Food is so yummy,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    September 1, 2022

Which stronger flu vaccines are recommended?

Dear Savvy Senior: I just turned 65 and would like to learn more about the stronger flu shots I see advertised for older adults. What can you tell me about them and how are they covered by Medicare? – Senior Novice Dear Novice...

 

Alaska Health Fair needs volunteers

We are in serious need of volunteers to help us produce much-needed events in communities across our amazing state. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, education and professional fields, medical and non-medical backgrounds. We assign...

 

New sensor can monitor health through sweat

Monitoring health through sweat Researchers now have come up with a smart biosensor necklace that can track health status through sweat. In a new study published in the journal Science Advances,...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program office is located at 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 205 (located in the 4D Professional Building). You can call them at 907-262-1280 or email kpfcsp@soldotnaseniors.com. Support meetings allow...

 

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