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In praise of pickling and fermenting your food

This may be jumping the gun a bit for more northern latitudes, but Alaska gardens will soon give us plenty of vegetables for making crisp, brined pickles or tangy fermentations. Some may be wrinkling...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    August 1, 2022 

Services that Medicare does not cover

Our Medicare benefits were established under the Social Security Amendment of 1965, reflecting the restrictions and limitations of most health insurance at that time. This law excluded coverage for certain things, like dental care and routine vision...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    August 1, 2022 

Catch one of many Alaska health fairs this season

Many of you have been out catching fish this summer, one of the healthiest foods that is found in our wonderful state. Others might have been catching up on household or honey-do projects, sleep, sunshine, family, vacations and more. Now, we want...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    August 1, 2022 

Benefits of walking for knee pain; acupuncture for chronic headaches; vitamin D for dementia

Walking away from knee pain It may be possible to combat knee pain with just a few walks around the block. A new study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology is suggesting that walking for exercise...

 

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. The program will hold...

 

Combating chronic pain in a safer manner

Dissolving implant to replace drugs For the first time, researchers have come up with a dissolving implantable device that relieves pain without drugs. The new device has the potential to provide an alternative to opioids and other highly addictive...

 

Free at-home COVID tests for blind, low vision

The government has launched a new initiative to expand the availability of at-home tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. The tests work with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone/tablet app to provide users with...

 

Genetics, Alzheimer's, cancer factor into COVID vulnerability

Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new study by researchers at the University of Groningen, Netherlands has found that some individuals weathered the stress of the pandemic better than others, in part, due to their genetics....

 

Medicare offers coverage for hospice care

Hospice is a program of comfort care and end-of-life pain management for those with a terminal illness. In this month’s review of Medicare-covered hospice, we speak directly to patients as if they are the ones taking these actions or making these...

 
 By Sarah Pype    Health    July 1, 2022

Caring for the caregiver requires effort, teamwork

In 2020, nearly one in five Americans was providing unpaid caregiving to an adult with health or functional needs. That’s 53 million caregiving nationwide. This number is expected to continue to grow as the senior population increases through the m...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    July 1, 2022

Alaska Health Fair is looking for volunteers

We continue to offer traditional community and worksite health fairs where we need staff support.  Volunteers come from all walks of life, age groups, backgrounds and interests.  Volunteer opportunities include: Office volunteers: client support, p...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2022

Eggs for heart health; dissolving body sensors; good grooves

Eggs pack important health benefit Researchers now are reporting that moderate egg consumption can increase the amount of heart-healthy metabolites in the blood, and eating up to one egg per day may...

 

Free hearing, vision checks for Anchorage seniors

Anchorage Senior Activity Center will offer free vision and hearing screenings on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored and coordinated by the senior center and the Anchorage Municipal Senior Citizens Advisory Commission, in...

 

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. The program will hold...

 

COVID update: Early detection, 'long COVID', more

Wearable device for COVID early detection University of Texas at Dallas bioengineers in collaboration with EnLiSense LLC have come up with a wearable sensor that can detect two key biomarkers of infection in human sweat, a significant step toward...

 

You can help with reproductive cancer research

Since writing about clinical trials several editions back, I’ve earned about $40 in gift cards. Now I search for more. Participating in clinical studies can put a jingle in your pocket while contributing to medical science. Even my 5-year-old...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    June 1, 2022

Identifying and fighting Medicare fraud

This June, we acknowledge 25 years of progress helping each other in preventing Medicare fraud. We appreciate your efforts, both for yourself, your fellow Alaskans, and all who benefit from Medicare. As your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), we...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    June 1, 2022

A welcome break between health fair seasons

The loyalty of many long time clients and the curiosity of many new ones has helped us at Alaska Health Fair to ride the crazy, wild waves of 2020-2022 and we didn’t go under water during the process. Our staff and volunteers will now take a short...

 
 By Dani Kebschull    Health    June 1, 2022

Family caregiver support program wants your feedback

During the month of June, staff at the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will be traveling from Seward to Nikiski to introduce the program to more people and to gather feedback from family caregivers, as well as potential family...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2022

New guidelines for best sleep, aspirin use

How much sleep do I need? Everyone is different when it comes to sleep. Some people need much more than others. Well, it now turns out that seven hours may be the ideal amount of sleep for people in...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    June 1, 2022

How to access COVID funeral assistance funds

Dear Savvy Senior: I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic. What can you tell me about this? I lost my 78-year-old mother to COVID in 2021 and...

 
 By Dani Kebschull    Health    May 1, 2022

Respite and caregiving without guilt

Why is it that the words “respite” and “guilt” seem to go hand in hand? Why do caregivers feel we are somehow failing our loved one by admitting that we need help, need time to recharge our batteries, or just time to play a little? Perhaps...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    May 1, 2022

A common heart problem that's often ignored

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about atrial fibrillation? Every so often, I’ve noticed my heart starts beating rapidly for no particular reason. Is this something I should be worried about? - Anxious Annie Dear Annie...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    May 1, 2022

Filing Medicare grievances and complaints

Things don’t always go according to plan. When unforeseen challenges or mistakes occur, you may wish to know to whom you may voice your concerns and who can help resolve your concerns. For an appeal regarding a denied claim, be sure to review your...

 

Telehealth is increasingly likely in our future

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in a telehealth session with a physician assistant to discuss an upcoming visit to a local Anchorage clinic. I couldn't help but notice that it looked like s...

 

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