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 By Amie Northagen    News    April 1, 2024 

Why Medicare/Medicaid Code 99483 matters

As the Alzheimer's Association Alaska Chapter, our mission is to improve the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We continuously advocate for comprehensive care services that address the diverse needs of...

 
 By Amie Northagen    News    April 1, 2024 

Alzheimer's in Alaska: Understanding the impact

The journey of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is filled with challenges, both emotional and logistical. The recent release of the Alzheimer's Association's 2024 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report sheds crucial l...

 
 By John C. Schieszer    News    April 1, 2024 

Appreciation for Alaskans who volunteer

If you have a special talent or skill that may benefit a charity or organization, then now may be the ideal to offer your services or ask how you can be of help. April is National Volunteer Month and...

 
 News    April 1, 2024 

ATLA virtual expo and open house, April 17

ATLA, Assistive Technology of Alaska, will present a “virtual expo,” followed by on-site activities in celebration of National Assistive Technology Awareness Day on April 17. The Virtual Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with presentations on a v...

 
 By Kimberly Blaker    News    April 1, 2024 

Use this guide for a successful garage sale

Are your garage, basement and closets overflowing from the heaps of stuff you've been saving 'just in case'? If so, it may be time to put those languishing piles to good use-in someone else's home....

 
 By Roseann Freitas    News    March 1, 2024

Be mindful when gifting services, enrollments

If you’re considering purchasing a subscription service as a gift, there are a few things you need to know before you start. Whether you're looking to elevate someone’s entertainment, simplify their mealtime, or pamper them with the latest tre...

 
 By Marianne Mills    News    March 1, 2024

Alaska senior services network urges legislative support

Editor’s note: AGEnet President Marianne Mills testified to the Alaska State Senate Finance Committee in Juneau on Feb. 20. Here is the text of her testimony. My name is Marianne Mills and I am the president of AGEnet, Alaska’s association of sen...

 

Social Security and government impostors

Do you know how to spot a government impostor scam? We continue to raise public awareness about Social Security-related and other government imposter scams during the fifth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 7, 2024. Knowing how to identify potentia...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    News    March 1, 2024

Sexual abuse and Alaska's elders: What to know

According to the National Council on Aging, five million individuals over age 65 experience sexual abuse each year, but such trauma remains the least-reported of all sexual violence. In Alaska, where sexual assault remains high (three or four times...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 1, 2024

Underutilized burial benefits for veterans

Dear Savvy Senior: What types of funeral benefits are available to old veterans? My 83-year-old father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, served during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. - Planning Ahead Dear Planning: Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Nat...

 

Free tax assistance from AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program in Alaska is available to prepare taxes this season through April 15, 2024. Assistance may be in-person at various locations around the state; online via web, or a combination of the two. Do-it-yourself is also a...

 

Free Q&A with state senior services

Training specialists and other representatives from Alaska’s Senior and Disabilities Services are available via Zoom on the first and third Monday of each month (March 4 and 18) for “Individual and Family Office Hour,” noon to 1 p.m. Ask quest...

 

Video assistance with your Social Security questions

he Social Security Administration partners with locations throughout Alaska to offer a secure video service option. Video service is a convenient and no-cost way for people to talk directly to a Social Security employee through a secure computer...

 

AARP Alaska legislative priorities in 2024

AARP 2024 legislative priorities focus on sustainable funding for senior safety net programs, adequate healthcare access, improved public services, and financial security. Senior safety net programs While most older Alaskans are self-supporting,...

 

Romance and dating scams are booming

Romance scams are big business for criminals because millions of people are using dating sites. According to the Federal Trade Commission, $547 million was lost to romance scams, up 80% from 2020,...

 

Networking for Anchorage, Mat-Su area providers

Interested in learning more about fellow 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, sponsored by Older Persons Action...

 

Access Alaska seeks peer mentors for new program

My name is Desiree Rodriguez, and I am the peer mentor advocate at Access Alaska. I happen to be in a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury from cancer when I was age three. Although I grew up disabled, I have been fighting for my independence s...

 

Alaska attorneys provide free legal services on 2024 MLK Day

Editor's note: This press release was received on Jan. 9, 2024. On Monday, Jan. 15, the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System and Alaska Legal Services Corporation will host their fifteenth annual MLK Day free legal services event in...

 

Social Security and scam awareness

Social Security impostor scams continue to be widespread across the United States. Scammers use targeted, sophisticated tactics to deceive you into providing sensitive information or money. If you receive a suspicious letter, text, email, or call,...

 

AARP and United Way launch 211 program for Alaska caregivers

AARP Alaska has partnered with United Way to provide a new resource for Alaska’s 94,000 family caregivers. AARP Alaska and United Way Worldwide are using the 211 helpline to connect residents with trained, compassionate navigators and available l...

 

Video assistance with Social Security questions

The Social Security Administration partners with locations throughout Alaska to offer a secure video service option. Video service is a convenient and no-cost way for people to talk directly to a Social Security employee through a secure computer lin...

 

Free legal assistance for landlords, tenants

Alaska Legal Services will operate a free landlord/tenant helpline in January, Monday through Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. The helpline is staffed by volunteer attorneys who will answer rental-related questions from landlords and tenants alike on...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging meets Dec. 5 via Zoom

The Alaska Commission on Aging will conduct its quarterly meeting Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., online via Zoom. The commission includes advocates from around the state with the mission to ensure the dignity and independence of all older...

 

Tech support scams are surging

Have you clicked on a website and suddenly a loud voice comes on at the same time as a warning fills your screen? The threatening voice advises that you have been infected with a computer virus, warns you not to turn off your computer, and urges you...

 

Holiday parties with Access Alaska

Access Alaska is hosting Holiday Bash parties at its offices in Anchorage, Mat-Su and Fairbanks. Bring your family and friends and enjoy some snacks while participating in holiday crafts, games and an ugly sweater contest. The Anchorage party will...

 

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