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 By Nadine Lefebvre    Local    June 1, 2021 

Providing for Alaska seniors throughout the pandemic

During the pandemic, many organizations in Alaska reduced the direct services they provided, but that was not true for Southeast Senior Services (SESS). SESS worked to meet the changing needs of seniors and caregivers during this difficult time. Typi...

 
 By Savanna Simmerman    Local    June 1, 2021 

Alaska seniors in long term care during COVID-19

As a graduating senior and assistant at an Alaska assisted living facility, I wanted to look at how COVID-19 impacted long term care residents. With careful attention to confidentiality agreements, and proper respect to resident’s privacy, I...

 
 Local    June 1, 2021 

Wasilla's 'Miles for Meals' fundraiser returns

Back in August of 1989, Wasilla seniors got together and planned their first Miles for Meals on Wheels 5K. The event was successfully carried out on June 2, 1990 and raised a little over $5,000....

 
 Local    June 1, 2021 

Grant will preserve treasure trove of Southeast Alaska Native programming

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received funding to digitize a major collection of audio recordings that include a trove of interviews with notable elders, clan leaders and other Native people that date back more than 35 years. The collection...

 
 Local    June 1, 2021 

Anchorage's Glaser recognized for service

Congratulations to Gordon Glaser, who was announced in May as the winner of this year’s Ron Hammett Award for outstanding service to seniors in the Anchorage community. Gordon was scheduled to be presented the award at the Older Americans Month...

 
 Local    June 1, 2021 

Library delivers books, more in Fairbanks area

Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries provides monthly delivery service to borough residents who are homebound or unable to access the library due to age or disability. Staff is happy to deliver hand-selected materials or specific requests....

 

Protect Alaska's nursing standards and our health care

As a retired Alaskan, I depend on quality health care from knowledgeable professionals. The health care workers I see regularly are people I know and have come to trust with my care. Alaska has a stringent set of standards when it comes to nurse lice...

 
 By Ken Stewart    Local    May 1, 2021

Alaska senior centers are cautiously re-opening

Like flowers in spring, senior centers across the state of Alaska are beginning to open up again. Most have been closed since March 2020, a time we collectively remember as the end of "normal" life....

 

Fairbanks agency learns, improves from isolation

Aging at Home Fairbanks, along with almost all other organizations, has learned a lot in the last year. Becoming familiar with Zoom and creating social and educational events in this flat format...

 

Learn all about ADRCs at May 'Age Smart' forum

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on May 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are currently held virtually on the internet, using Zoom. Have...

 
 By Laura Bonner    Local    April 1, 2021

Protect Alaska's nursing standards and our health care

As a retired Alaskan, I depend on quality health care from knowledgeable professionals. The health care workers I see regularly are people I know and have come to trust with my care. Alaska has a stringent set of standards when it comes to nurse lice...

 

Input wanted on Mat-Su health master plan

The Mat-Su Health Foundation is working to develop a vibrant, mixed-use Community Health Campus on land it owns surrounding Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and is seeking input from the public about the project. Mat-Su residents are encouraged to...

 

Proposition 2 on Anchorage ballot supports seniors, libraries

Remember when ice cream only cost a quarter? These days, 25 cents won’t buy much, but for less than one dollar, voters can still support some of the most popular facilities at the heart of our community. This spring, we have an opportunity to give...

 
 By Susan Reilly    Local    March 1, 2021

Alaska Alliance for Retired Americans, a valuable resource for seniors

The Alaska Alliance for Retired Americans (AKARA) was organized by a group of retired Alaskan workers in the fall of 2017. The group is affiliated with the Alliance for Retired Americans, a nationwide grassroots organization, launched in 2001. ARA...

 
 By Ken Stewart    Local    March 1, 2021

Juneau program connects friends with seniors

Friends of Seniors, Catholic Community Service (CCS) Juneau's latest volunteer program, addresses gaps in community care. The program matches senior participants age 60 and older with local...

 

Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage and Mat-Su area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Service Providers Breakfast (formerly known as the Interagency...

 
 By Diann Darnall    Local    March 1, 2021

Pedaling and thriving through a pandemic

Before Alaska International Senior Games Athlete Carol Johnson even had a bicycle, her ten-year old adventurous self was drawn to biking, learning from her grade school friends on their bikes. Fast...

 
 By David Washburn    Local    March 1, 2021

'If I'd known then what I know now…'

If I could go back in time, what advice would I offer my 21-year-old self? There are obvious things: Save more. Don’t buy that impractical convertible. Wear better shoes (your future feet will thank you). Other coulda-shoulda-wouldas: Write down...

 

Decision, determination pay off

In March 2020, Alaska International Senior Games athlete Goldie Southwood made a decision that had a huge impact on her life. Goldie's big heart has led her to be an awesome volunteer in her North Pol...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging quarterly meeting, Feb. 16-17

The Alaska Commission on Aging will meet February 16 and 17 in Juneau. The focus of this meeting will be discussion of legislative priorities for Alaska seniors, sharing information from statewide senior service programs, and providing information...

 

Madeline Holdorf appointed AARP Alaska State President

AARP Alaska has appointed Madeline Holdorf, a lifetime community activist, to the top volunteer position in Alaska. As the new State President for Alaska, Holdorf will chair the AARP Alaska Executive...

 
 By Ken Stewart    Local    January 1, 2021

Anchorage program assists with electric bills

Municipality of Anchorage residents have another option for utility relief during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Anchorage Aging & Disability Resource Center’s (ADRC) Utility Assistance Program. Separate from the Alaska Department of Health and Social...

 

Anchorage third graders share letters with elders

"What is serendipity?" my 8-year old third grader asked me recently. I was so pleased to have just the story to offer him to illustrate sudden, unexpected good fortune, thanks to a phone call from...

 

Kodiak senior property tax exemption deadline, Jan. 15

Alaska offers an exemption to seniors from paying property tax on the first $150,000 of their home’s value. Different areas may offer an exemption on a higher value, and different boroughs set different deadline dates to apply. Kodiak Borough’s...

 

Music in isolation: Senior center chorus adapts to pandemic

"Mute yourself! Is everybody muted?" What strange request is this from a chorus director, beginning a singing session? She's looking directly at us, checking us out. "OK, everybody's muted. Now let's...

 

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