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Older adults show resilience during the pandemic

Older adults may be doing better during this pandemic than many people may realize. A new study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder has found no increase in depression...

 

Alaska Health Fair is testing by appointment

Alaska Health Fair remains open to provide the most affordable, comprehensive and private blood tests in the state, currently by appointment only. Do you have email or web access? Visit www.alaskahealthfair.org for easy, online appointment...

 
 By Nila Morgan    Health    September 1, 2020 

There is lots to talk about regarding mymedicare.gov

Are you restlessly awaiting your Medicare Summary Notice to arrive in your mailbox so you can verify that Medicare paid for a service or product? Are you anticipating the upcoming annual Open Enrollme...

 

Don't let your Senior Farmer's Market coupons go to waste

The Alaska Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fresh Alaska-grown fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut herbs and honey at farmers’ markets, and authorized farms and...

 
 By Jim Miller    Health    September 1, 2020 

Is there an age limit for organ donation?

Dear Savvy Senior: I never thought about becoming an organ donor until my brother died of kidney failure last year. But at age 78, I would like to know if I’m too old to be a donor, or if they would even use my organs if I were to die from COVID-19...

 

COVID-19: New testing, medications, insights

Developing a multi-drug cocktail against COVID-19 A new study has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists analyzed one of the...

 

Using oxygen to speed and enhance healing

Rick emailed me, “I’m sitting here with my leg propped up.” Last month, Rick, 68, climbed Mt. Baldy — California’s 4,000-foot-elevation peak — so his next sentence surprised me. “Broke my femur on a little walk with our dog, Mookie....

 

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 September...

 

Fall health fairs and testing by appointment

Update: Alaska Health Fair requested the article below be updated with new details that arrived after the August print edition deadline. Online appointment registration now available Do you have email access (to a desktop, laptop, I-pad or...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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