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'Get Ready for Medicare' workshop in Anchorage, Dec. 20

SAARP Alaska will host a two-hour workshop, “Get Ready for Medicare,” in Anchorage, Dec. 20, at University of Alaska Anchorage. Attendees will get to know the basics of Medicare, including Parts A, B, C and D, and also learn about Medigap...

 

Canceled: December Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area providers

Editor's note: This event is canceled this month (December). The January date and location will be announced soon. Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage and Mat-Su area? Want to get the...

 

Older Persons Action Group annual meeting Nov. 15; Senior Voice wins awards

Older Persons Action Group will hold its annual membership meeting Nov. 15 in Anchorage, at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave. The board business meeting starts at 11 a.m., followed immediately by the membership meeting, with ref...

 

Forum explores "Where do I live when I retire?"

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center will hold its second in a series of monthly forums on Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. The series, “Age Smart – Let’s Talk,...

 

Fairbanks has its own Aging and Disability Resource Center

In Fairbanks, the North Star Council on Aging’s new Aging and Disability Center (ADRC) is going “full blast,” said Beth Grey, program coordinator for senior services. “We just opened October 1,” Grey said. “We weren’t supposed to open u...

 

Still trying to fix the donut hole

The formidable pharmaceutical industry wants to recoup the $11.8 billion hit it took earlier this year in Congress’s 2018 budget deal. The drugmakers rarely lose, able to use clout and pressure in every House and Senate district to get what they...

 

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 (formally known as the Interagency...

 

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. No accounting experience is necessary and you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer. You will learn where to input the information in the...

 

Your Social Security questions answered by the experts

Staff from Alaska’s Social Security office will be available for questions via videoconferencing at the following locations and times in November: Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (Nov. 13 and 27), 9 a.m. to noon....

 

Heating assistance program opens Oct. 1

The Heating Assistance Program (HAP) is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of Alaskans by​ offsetting the cost of home heating for eligible Alaskan residents. HAP assists households with income at or...

 

Senior Voice wins national media awards

Older Persons Action Group, Inc., earned honors for its monthly, statewide publication Senior Voice in the 27th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for...

 

First in series of free "Age Smart" forums will focus on voting

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center will launch a series of monthly forums in October. “Age Smart – Let’s Talk,” will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the...

 

Seniors facing unprecedented financial distress

It could be worse. In fact, it was worse. In the 1800s, if you were both poor and elderly, the chances are that your family was too poor to care for you. Moreover, contemporary researchers note that, “The elderly poor were regarded as ‘a burden...

 
 By Art Nash    News    October 1, 2018

Does it pay to install solar panels in Alaska?

With the cost of solar panels having dropped from about seven dollars to a single dollar for an (uninstalled) watt, for many, solar has become a cost effective consideration —even in Alaska. The resulting cost savings of installing solar as your...

 

Networking for Anchorage and 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 (formally known as the Interagency...

 

Monthly forums will focus on improving life as we age

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center will launch a series of monthly forums in October. “Age Smart – Let’s Talk,” will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the...

 

Document shredding helps protect your ID, credit

Reports of identity theft, breaches and scams have all been in the news lately. Although many of these scams are taking place online or by phone (impostor calls), identity theft can still occur by physical means. Dumpster divers go through your...

 
 By Joe Mongold    News    September 1, 2018

Emergency preparedness for Anchorage seniors

The Salvation Army’s Safe Seniors Disaster Preparedness Program began serving seniors in the Anchorage community in November of 2017. Since its kick-off, the program has served over 300 elders and worked with more than a dozen local senior service...

 

Networking for Anchorage and 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 (formally known as the Interagency...

 
 By Denise Daniello    News    August 1, 2018

Commission on aging to visit Nome in September

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) will conduct a Rural Outreach Meeting in Nome, September 12-15, 2018, for purposes of learning about elder-senior needs in Norton Sound. This meeting will include a visit to Shishmaref to meet with...

 

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

With the threat of volcano eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, Hawaii residents can never be too prepared. That’s why it is so important to make sure residents and business owners are prepared for a natural disaster, both in Hawaii and...

 
 By Ray Clements    News    August 1, 2018

Open new doors by hosting an exchange student

Here is a chance to bring the world to your doorstep: Serve as a host for an exchange student and help change the world. Since 1990, Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), a non-profit organization, has...

 

Volunteer opportunity for elders

Dear Editor, If you’re old enough to remember when JFK’s administration started the VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, you’ll be happy to know it continues today. Now called Americorps, it is the organization behind my favorite...

 

Observing the Princess Sophia centennial

Dear Editor, Your article in the May 2018 issue on Ruby (Aunt Phil’s Trunk, page 18) mentions the Princess Sophia sinking in 1918 near Sitka. Actually, she sank on Vanderbilt Reef, about half way between Skagway and Juneau, not Sitka. This is the...

 

Social Security questions answered by the experts

Staff from Alaska’s Social Security office will be available for questions via videoconferencing at the following locations and times in August: Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (Aug. 14 and 28), 9 a.m. to noon....

 

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