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 By John C. Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2022 

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...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Health    June 1, 2022 

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...

 
 By Lisa Noland    Health    May 1, 2022

Spring break-up and the stages of loss and grief

Most Alaska residents really look forward to the time of year we call “break-up.” This is always in April and May. We can count on overnight temperatures being above freezing. We see colors moving through shades of gray and brown to lovely...

 
 By Sharon Phillips    Health    May 1, 2022

Spring health fair season wraps-up in May

Spring blood test dates end statewide in late May. Health fair services will be offered again in early August.  We continue using our appointment-based model, which works extremely well. Remaining event details can be found at w...

 

COVID update: Masks, tests, cancer patients

Masks facts and Fiction The issue of wearing a mask is different for older adults who have several medical conditions they are managing. It is not a matter of choice but of necessity. Now, scientists have a better idea of what masks can and cannot...

 

April health fairs, services around the state

April is a busy month for all Alaskans. Many of you are getting excited to be able to gather in outside groups for lots of fresh air and sunshine, hiking, biking, walking (with no ice cleats), camping, recreation, sports and other healthy...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    April 1, 2022

Medicare and preventive care

Preventive care is the care you receive to prevent illness, detect medical conditions and keep healthy. A service is considered preventive if you have no prior symptoms of the disease. In contrast, diagnostic services address symptoms or conditions...

 
 By Sarah Pype    Health    April 1, 2022

Death, taxes and advance care planning

It was Benjamin Franklin who wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” And this April is no different. As Tax Day nears, Americans are preparing their IRS filings, just as they do every year. But what...

 

Clinical trials in Alaska focus on colon cancer

Editor's note: This story has been updated, with corrections. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and there are ways you can help find a cure. We are at the age when we know of someone who is suffering or has died from colon cancer,...

 

Free Medicare counseling for Alaskans

Hello, my name is Lee Coray-Ludden, I am a Medicare counselor based at the Soldotna Senior Center. I serve Southeast Alaska, and anywhere else in Alaska that my skills can be of use. I almost feel like I am traveling Alaska having worked with people...

 
 By Sean McPhilamy    Health    March 1, 2022

Medicare decisions when you have other coverage

Medicare-related decisions can be quite challenging, especially when you or your spouse areabout to turn age 65, during your Initial Enrollment Period. The decisions can be even more complicated when you have other health insurance coverage....

 
 By Emily Kane    Health    March 1, 2022

Foods and strategies to aid gut function

Finding your best food plan and sticking to it will prolong your life and greatly increase your wellbeing. It's hard to be cheerful with a distressed gut. Gut and brain tissue originates from the...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2022

Robot performs first solo laparoscopic surgery

It’s a new era when it comes to robotics. Researchers are reporting that a robot has performed laparoscopic surgery without the guiding hand of a human. Designed by a team of Johns Hopkins...

 

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...

 

Alaska health fairs are springing up

March is a busy month for all Alaskans and spring is just around the corner, so many of us are experiencing “spring fever”. Mother Nature gives us little hints that we don’t have long to wait, such as increasing daylight, warmer temperatures,...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    March 1, 2022

COVID-19 can increase risk of shingles

Dear Savvy Senior: How effective is the shingles vaccine and what is the CDC recommendation for getting it? My older brother and sister, both in their fifties, got COVID a few months back followed by shingles. Do you know if there is a connection...

 

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