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 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...

 

Life and holidays at the Kenai Lake cabin

"My favorite place in Alaska is my Grandpa Clayton's cabin down at Kenai Lake," wrote Taral Clayton, my nine-year-old-niece back in 2004. "My Grandpa has a lot of neat things inside the cabin such as...

 

Nominees sought for Alaska Ocean Leadership Award

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The center established the awards to recognize those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource...

 

Alaska Native American Heritage Month lecture series

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor the November 2020 Lecture Series in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day. The series this year will be offered virtually and will focus on citizens and shareholders in Alaska...

 

Annual meeting focuses on historic preservation in Alaska

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) will hold their annual membership meeting virtually via Zoom on November 5 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the announcements of the Historic...

 

Making Alaska greener through recycling

Every day, new steps are being taken to improve recycling programs throughout Alaska. Anchorage Solid Waste Services announced in August that it would start allowing recycled greasy pizza boxes as...

 

AnchorRIDES offers free grocery delivery

The Municipality of Anchorage has launched a new grocery delivery service for seniors, age 60 and older, and for people who have disabilities that prevent them from using People Mover buses. People can now arrange for AnchorRIDES buses to pick up the...

 

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...

 

Broadcasting, podcasting and breaking down stereotypes

Jon Scudder is a Michigan native and has lived in Alaska since 1997. He is a retired 20-year Air Force enlisted member and presently works in civil service at 673d Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base...

 

Coming through the Canada border is still not a sure thing

While a Mi'kmaq friend has crossed into Canada to access his reserve in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Canada, it has been difficult for a member of the Skagway Traditional Council. The council is a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Local    August 1, 2020

Alaska senior centers differ in approach to activities during pandemic

When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 reared its head in March, senior citizens were advised to take notice. This new illness was hard on those age 65 or older, people were told, and indeed, four months later, statistics bear this out: 80% of COVID-19...

 

Vote without putting yourself at risk

The right to vote is preserved in Alaska for all eligible voters, even during these times of coronavirus pandemic. In other words, in order to vote, you do not have to go in person anywhere and potentially expose yourself to the coronavirus, to long...

 

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