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 By Teresa Holt    News    August 1, 2020 

5 questions to ask before visiting a nursing facility or assisted living home

On June 30, 2020, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) issued guidance documents to nursing facilities and assisted living homes on the critical issue of how to re-establish in-person visitation for all residents living in...

 
 By Erin Widener    News    August 1, 2020 

Attention cancer patients: YMCA offers support

In our fifth month of hunkering down, many of us consider ourselves very fortunate to have comfortable living conditions, sufficient income to keep the wolves from the door, and good health to enjoy our days. It is not always easy to adapt, but we...

 
 By Sarah Davidson    News    August 1, 2020 

Guidelines for writing a loved one's obituary

Writing an obituary is one of the most intimate steps in beginning the grieving process. How can you sum up a loved one’s life in a few sentences? How would you sum up your own life in a few sentences? As you sit down to write your loved one’s...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    August 1, 2020 

Financial help for retirees affected by COVID-19

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any financial assistance programs you can refer me to? The coronavirus pandemic has cost me my part-time retirement job and has shrunk my measly IRA account. - Needy Retiree Dear Needy: Absolutely. In addition to the...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    August 1, 2020 

Stay home, the Post Office will come to you

The Post Office has been a fundamental United States institution since 1775. In my opinion it is vastly underappreciated. Most people do not know the scope of what it does for us – especially while we are hunkered down at home seeking safety from...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    July 1, 2020

Here's how the coronavirus economy will affect your retirement security

First, some good news. Do you feel the power, senior power? Well, OK, maybe we are a bit worn down at the moment from the stress of months of lockdown and fear of COVID-19, or maybe (speaking from personal experience) it’s nap time, but this might...

 

Telephone town hall answers your voting questions, July 22

What are the options for voting safely during this coronavirus pandemic? Join AARP Alaska for a telephone town hall with Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer and Director of Elections Gail Fenumiai to ask your questions about the upcoming election. What: A...

 

Social Security and representative payees

Important update to my Social Security’s Representative Payee portal Millions of Americans who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits need help managing their money and may need a representative payee. A...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    July 1, 2020

Video calling for the tech-challenged

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some simple devices that can help tech-challenged seniors with video calls? My 80-year-old mother has been isolating herself for months now in fear of the coronavirus and I haven’t been able to see her...

 
 By Mikki Easley    News    June 1, 2020

Pioneer Homes see rate decreases and other changes

On April 29, 2020 Governor Dunleavy signed into law House Bill 96 (HB 96) for the Alaska Pioneer Homes (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitk, and Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home in Palmer). The Pioneer Homes serve elder Alaskans needing...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    News    June 1, 2020

Settlement reached on Pioneer Home rate increase lawsuit

A lawsuit filed in November 2019 related to massive rate hikes at Alaska’s Pioneer Homes has been settled out of court, Alaska State Attorney Kevin Clarkson said on May 6. In a statement released by the Department of Law, Clarkson addressed the dis...

 

Social Security's online services are ready for business

During this time when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?” You can find the answer at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of our most...

 

Budget overhaul may be due after COVID-19

You’ve planted a victory garden, cleaned the garage, and caught up with old (and older) friends. If you’re lucky, you’ve stayed healthy and are still employed (or retired). COVID-19 has affected each of us differently, but there’s no doubt...

 
 News    May 1, 2020

Container gardening may be your answer

Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening. "Containers,...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    May 1, 2020

How the coronavirus relief law helps retirement savers and retirees

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about the retirement account changes that Congress recently passed in response to the coronavirus crisis? - Seeking Answers Dear Seeking: Tucked into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or...

 

Investing for retirement and beyond

Part two of two Last month we discussed retirement planning for the decade before retirement. This month, we continue with planning for retirement and post-retirement. Retirement Many boomers experiment with a trial retirement before we pull the...

 

Investment strategies through the years

Part one of two. Seniors are “investdemics” – it is a characteristic of our age group that we have tried to compile investment portfolios that (fingers crossed) will last us. Some want to leave a legacy to favored charities and descendants,...

 
 By John Waggoner    News    April 1, 2020

Be wary of people pushing products or stocks that promise a cure

Coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself. The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have sent warnings to seven companies for selling products that would allegedly cure or prevent COVID-19, the...

 

Tax filing deadline extended; Tax Aide sites closed

In March, the IRS extended the deadline to file taxes to July 15, in an effort to help with the impact from the COVID-19 virus. Also in March, AARP closed all of its Tax Aide free tax assistance sites, nationwide. They will remain closed until...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    April 1, 2020

Social Security offers lump sum payouts to retirees

Dear Savvy Senior: In light of the stock market crashing, I’ve heard that Social Security offers a lump-sum payment to new retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet filed for my retirement benefits and would like to investigate this...

 

Senior advocacy organization AgeNet details its legislative priorities

The Alaska Geriatric Exchange Network, also known as AgeNet, is a statewide association of senior service providers that’s been advocating for older Alaskans for more than 20 years. According to an AgeNet fact sheet, the goal of AgeNet is “workin...

 

Palliative care is about living the life you can

“Age Smart – Let’s Talk”, the series of forums sponsored by AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, returns March 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. This month’s topic...

 

Senate hears testimony on Pioneer Home rates bill

This article is a follow-up to the Feb. 2020 edition story “Pioneer Home residents file lawsuit over rate increases.” On Nov. 4, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against Alaska Pioneer Homes Director Clinton Lasley, Commissioner of the Dept. of Health...

 

Seeking solutions: Alaska seniors plan for big changes

Part three of three. What are the big issues that create uncertainty, havoc, even tragedy in the lives of Alaska seniors? In the course of building the Alaska State Plan for Senior Services FY2020 –2023, thousands of Alaska seniors were engaged in...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 1, 2020

Beware of potential 2020 Census scams

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you offer some tips to help seniors guard against census scams? With the 2020 Census gearing up, I’ve read that there are a lot of potential scammers out there looking to take advantage of older people and I want to protect...

 

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