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Fall health fairs and testing by appointment

Alaska Health Fair is ramping up for our busy fall season. Our event schedule is published on our website, www.alaskahealthfair.org and is continuously updated as new events are added. You can also find our health blog, complete test...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    August 1, 2020 

Medicare - who do I call?

Those who are approaching Medicare eligibility, or have Medicare, frequently have many questions - about how Medicare coverage works, enrollment options and costs, and many others. You may ask...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    August 1, 2020 

Quit smoking! Medicare and other tools can help you kick the habit

Dear Savvy Senior: I understand that COVID-19 hits smokers a lot harder than nonsmokers but quitting at my age is very difficult. Does Medicare offer any coverage that helps beneficiaries quit smoking? - Must Quit Dear Must: It’s true. Smokers and...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    August 1, 2020 

COVID-19: New insights, monitoring device

New study reveals high infection rates among asymptomatic individuals A study of COVID-19 in the quarantined Italian town of Vò, where most of the population was tested, reveals the importance of asy...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Editor’s note: This schedule may change, due to coronavirus safety measures. Be sure to confirm with the host agency prior to visiting. With senior centers still closed, the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold all peer...

 

Free webinar on driving and dementia

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will present a free online presentation focusing on driving and dementia on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join for discussion about the effects of...

 
 By Wendell Fowler    Health    July 1, 2020

Your mind on mushrooms – a good thing

Memory fires flickering? Fear not! Mushrooms may be one of the best natural lines of defense for a healthy brain and clear mind. Despite joking about losing our minds, phones, or forgetting why we...

 

Alaska Health Fair expands testing options

Alaska Health Fair is closed for its traditional summer break from July 3 through July 12. The new Fall 2020 health schedule will be published shortly after that timeframe. Check out our website at www.alaskahealthfair.org for the dates being offere...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    July 1, 2020

New online service for Medicare Part B enrollment

Having trouble signing up for Medicare Part B, Medical Insurance, in the midst of these trying times? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the agency that handles the Medicare Part A and Part...

 
 By Amy Tribbett    Health    July 1, 2020

Hospice of Anchorage is adapting to coronavirus conditions

Usually, I would start my article off by saying something like, “I hope you are doing well.” It’s not that I don’t hope you are doing well, but these days, hoping you are well doesn’t feel sufficient. There are some of you who are...

 

Free training and support for caregivers

Editor’s note: This schedule may change, due to coronavirus safety measures. Be sure to confirm with the host agency prior to visiting. With senior centers still closed, the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold all peer...

 
 By Bonnie Murphy    Health    July 1, 2020

Why you don't have to peak in your 30s

We’ve all heard or even been told that getting old is something we have to live with and getting sick, feeble and diseased just comes with the territory. Well, I for one am going to fight it every step of the way and I am not going to settle for...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2020

New glimmers of hope for controlling COVID-19

New identification of genetic basis of COVID-19 susceptibility will aid treatment Italian researchers are reporting that they have been able to identify the genetic basis of susceptibility to...

 

Free webinar to improve interaction with people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will present a free online webinar for caregivers and professionals, “Engaging People Living with Dementia,” on July 14 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar will explore ways to create meaningful engagement for people...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2020

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program returns

Despite the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will be offered this summer. On May 12, 2020, The Alaska Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) update...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    June 1, 2020

How to make the most of your telehealth appointment

Dear Savvy Senior: I manage a large doctor’s clinic that treats hundreds of seniors each month. We are moving to more telehealth visits to help keep our patients safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new way of seeing a doctor is b...

 

Alaska Health Fair is open for in-office tests

Alaska Health Fair is not able to put on health fairs in your community at the current time. We hope to return to this important service as soon as possible. Over the past three years, we have offered office draw appointments several days each...

 
 By Bethany Burgess    Health    June 1, 2020

Conversations at the end of life

One of the most challenging areas of communication our society still faces today is communication at the end of life. Some of the most important decisions and opportunities are found to have come from end of life conversations. However, many still...

 

Free training, support for family caregivers

Editor’s note: This schedule may change, due to coronavirus safety measures. Be sure to confirm with the host agency prior to visiting. The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in June....

 

Finding relief for these old (not) cryin' eyes

I can't see clearly out of my right eye, I have a headache and in spite of blinking, the eye is uncomfortable. I have extreme dry eye. I went to an ophthalmologist who plugged the tear ducts into...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2020

COVID-19 research yields new details, theories

COVID-19 may affect men differently than women The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to perplex researchers and is leaving millions of people struggling. It is still not clear why some individuals are...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    June 1, 2020

High blood pressure is even more dangerous in the COVID-19 era

Dear Savvy Senior: Are people with high blood pressure at increased risk of getting coronavirus? - Hypertensive Helen Dear Helen: If you have high blood pressure, you definitely need to take extra care to protect yourself during the coronavirus...

 
 By Suzy Cohen    Health    June 1, 2020

Snatiation and facts about sneezing

If you’re out somewhere — getting groceries, for example — don’t sneeze. If you do, you might be taking your life into your hands. That happened to me last month when I sneezed (into my arm) in a grocery store parking lot – and then heard...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    May 1, 2020

Medicare and authorized advocates and representatives

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a prudent idea to discuss the benefits of having a patient advocate and an authorized representative in the event that you are unable to represent...

 

Health fairs through May have been canceled

Alaska Health Fair has canceled all March through May 2020 health fairs, due to state or national mandates. We’ve continued to do our important work for Alaska at our local offices and hope to return to business “as close to usual as possible...

 

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