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 Local    March 1, 2024 

March for Meals in Fairbanks

Fairbanks Senior Center’s annual March fundraising campaign returns this year, with a goal to raise $100,000 to fight hunger and isolation. The month-long March for Meals campaign supports Meals on Wheels, which last year delivered 60,000 meals to...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Local    March 1, 2024 

Mr. Whitekeys' new act

Perhaps you remember those nights in the Fly By Night Club watching Mr. Whitekeys' "Whale Fat Follies" or "Christmas in Spenard," and laughing so hard you snorted your drink through your nose. He...

 

Beau Bassett: Outward bound to a full life of service

Beau Bassett is 74 years old. He spent the past 27 years training over 1,000 students in community leadership across Alaska through the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute (PYLI). visit:...

 

Patience, enjoyment are key for local bonsai group

Robert Fowlkes, 75, has been an Alaska resident since 1975 and is a member and past president of the Anchorage Bonsai Study Group. Fowlkes has some 20 trees he maintains. It can take years to create...

 
 By Jim Warren    Local    February 1, 2024

MASST opens doors for Fairbanks advocate

Linda Webb escorted me into a conference room at Access Alaska in Fairbanks. There were photographs on the walls and a Christmas tree in the corner. Outside, it was still an hour before sunrise; the...

 

Lifelong learning with OLE and OLLI

Spring semester is here for older (aka “lifelong”) learners, with registration underway both in Fairbanks, through the OLLI program, and in Anchorage’s OLE. OLE stands for “Opportunities for Lifelong Education” and while courses are open...

 

Age-Friendly Anchorage: Moving forward in 2024

Since Anchorage became a member of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in June 2021, AARP volunteers have been collecting feedback from Anchorage residents regarding what can be done to make Anchorage a more age-friendly place to...

 

Kwethluk's Grandma Luula brings wisdom, joy to the classroom

My name is Lola Evan. I am from Hooper Bay, and I was born in 1947. As I was growing up there weren't many houses, only a few. It was a real beautiful small village with smiling friendly people....

 

The history of the Klondike Gold Rush never gets old

Somewhere in the wilds of Homer is Brian George Smith, a self-proclaimed "male action figure of the opposite of a crazy cat lady." He has 13 older, special needs cats who keep him company while he wri...

 

Become a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteer

The Alaska Long Term Care Ombudsman’s next volunteer orientation is Jan. 4-5 and Jan. 11-12, noon to 4 p.m. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for Alaska seniors. No experience required, just bring your empathy, patience and desire to help. Free...

 
 By Juli Lucky    Local    December 1, 2023

Still impressed by Alaska's new election system

It’s been one year since Alaskans used our new election system - nonpartisan open primaries and ranked choice voting - for the first time. What were the results? • Open primaries opened doors for voters and candidates. All voters could choose fro...

 

Christmas and cultural exchange with Elder Mentor Maryann Johnson

Hello! My name is Maryann Johnson. I'm from Montana. My grandfather homesteaded there in the late 1800s, and the family is still there. They came from Norway, and my other grandparents came from Polan...

 

Become a Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteer

Do you want to improve the lives of older adults in long-term care facilities? We need caring people like you to advocate for Alaska seniors. As a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteer, you’ll speak up for residents of assisted living homes and...

 

Series: Working past retirement in Alaska

This interview was conducted on Oct. 8, 2023, at Village Inn in Anchorage. Wilson Justin, please tell us a bit about your early history. Everybody calls me Justin, but it doesn't make much...

 

The intriguing life of Fairbanks Elder Mentor and children's book author Judy Miller

Hello there! My name is Judy Miller. I am 80 years young, and published my first book at 80 years old. I've always believed that older people have an influence on the lives of younger people. That's w...

 

Mat-Su thrift store charity has long history

Valley residents are familiar with turn-A-leaf Thrift Store in Wasilla. It's a warm and welcoming treasure trove of gently used wonders. From kitchen utensils to sporting goods, electronics to stylish...

 

Improving crosswalk safety near Anchorage senior center

For the last year, the Anchorage Age-Friendly Leadership Team has been gathering input from Anchorage residents on how to make Anchorage a better place to live for people of all ages, including seniors. After considering comments from the Anchorage S...

 

Grandma Thea makes waves in Wasilla classroom

Did you know I'm a mermaid? I'd like everyone to know that, first and foremost. My name is Thea Whitehead. You can call me Grandma Thea. I was born in upstate New York, but grew up in Florida. I...

 

Anchorage's Jeanne Ashcraft

Jeanne Ashcraft started out as a school librarian, but for the last 10 years she has been operating Ashcraft Historical Transcription in Anchorage. She's 80 years of age now, and periodically thinks...

 

Anchorage Age-Friendly team talks community livability at block party

The AARP Alaska Anchorage Age-Friendly team hosted a booth at the 2023 Annual Fairview Block Party July 22 and enjoyed the opportunity to collect feedback about making Anchorage and Fairview more Age-Friendly. The event was lively, fun-filled and...

 

Make a difference in seniors' lives

Do you care deeply about improving seniors’ quality of life? Join us in speaking up for Alaska seniors living in long term care facilities. As a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteer, you’ll advocate for residents of assisted living homes and...

 

Farmer's Market checks for fresh produce

Still haven’t used or picked up your Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program checks, worth $35 toward fresh produce? The booklets are available at local senior centers and other agencies and may be used through Oct. 31. Links to program...

 

Back to school with Grandma Rosemary

Hello there! My name is Rosemary Havens and I am a longtime Elder Mentor volunteer in Anchorage. I am 91 years old, and I was born in New York City. I love music, all kinds of music. When I was 14, I...

 

Anchorage's not-so-different quilter

There was something different about one of the quilters at the monthly Guild meeting. There among all the women oohing and aahing at a "show and tell" presentation. It was pretty obvious. It was a...

 

Age-friendly work in Anchorage and Juneau moves to year two

Alaska’s work creating “Age-Friendly Communities” is thriving, making the places we live better able to support people of all ages. The age-friendly program process began with Anchorage’s enrollment in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States...

 

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