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Affordable long term care insurance for everyone?

What are the chances that you will need services like these at some point in your life? - nursing home - assisted living - home health care - homemaker and chore services It turns out that the chances are quite good. The WA Cares Fund – a new...

 

Learn about Alaska's Medicare Information Office at September forum

“Age Smart – Let’s Talk”, the series of forums sponsored by AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, returns Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are currently held virtually on the internet, using...

 
 By Ken Stewart    News    September 1, 2021 

The best time to prepare for an emergency is right now

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Alaska's unique geography can leave us vulnerable to a multitude of emergency situations like wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis--to name a few. The...

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    News    September 1, 2021 

Home automation do's and don'ts

In the decades since George Jetson previewed his push-button lifestyle, some of us have dreamed of a smart home of our very own. Yet this branch of technology has resisted the kind of progress that has put supercomputers in our pockets. Most home...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    September 1, 2021 

Does Medicare cover home health care?

Dear Savvy Senior: How does Medicare cover in-home health care? My husband has a chronic health condition that makes it very difficult for him to leave the house, so I’m wondering if he could qualify for Medicare home health care. — Seeking Help...

 

Is the time right to say goodbye to the house?

My book club has been reading and nattering together for over 30 years, since most of us had kids in the same neighborhood grade school. A generation later, almost all of us still live in the same general area, but many of have downsized. Our needs h...

 

Senior Voice recognized in awards contest

Older Persons Action Group, Inc., earned honors for its monthly, statewide publication Senior Voice in the 30th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature...

 

Kiss your last gas guzzler goodbye

A few weeks ago I asked my wife if she would like to go on a "date." I told her that it has two parts, and the second part is a picnic here in Anchorage featuring Arctic Roadrunner hamburgers. With so...

 

Social Security: Applying online; scam prevention tools

Five ways to apply for Social Security benefits online Social Security continues to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits. Our website offers a convenient way to apply for benefits online. You can apply online for: Retirement or...

 
 By John C. Schieszer    News    June 1, 2021

Why the controversy over a vaccine passport?

There are many examples of the long-established right for public institutions such as schools, employers, governments and businesses to protect the health of others by requiring individuals to provide proof of vaccination or of a past infection, or...

 

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 Katie Dougherty    News    June 1, 2021

Free 'House Calls' webinars for family caregivers

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and AARP state offices in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming invite family caregivers across the west region to a free public webinar series called, “House Calls,” which will demonstrate infection protection and...

 
 By Lawrence D. Weiss    News    June 1, 2021

Seniors stuck with student loans: Problems and prospects

Are you a senior chafing under the debt burden of a student loan? It may be perversely comforting to know that you are not alone. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in 2015, nearly 870,000 borrowers age 65 and older were bu...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    June 1, 2021

These golf gadgets can help older golfers

Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any golfing equipment that can help older golfers? My dad, who's 76, loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands has made griping the club challenging, and his...

 

Social Security update: Elder abuse, spousal benefits

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15. On this day, and throughout the month, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people....

 
 News    May 1, 2021

Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in communities throughout Alaska as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to...

 
 By Senior Voice Staff    News    May 1, 2021

Fairbanks Senior Recognition Day, May 25-26

Celebrate Older Americans Month with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation. This year's theme is "Communities of Strength". Due to lingering COVID safety concerns, the Senior...

 
 News    May 1, 2021

Commission on Aging to meet in Soldotna, May 4-6

The Alaska Commission on Aging will hold its spring meeting at the Soldotna Senior Center, May 4 through May 6. The agenda and site visit schedule will be distributed through the Alaska Commission on Aging Listserv once it is confirmed. Day one of...

 
 News    May 1, 2021

Keep up with senior bills in the Alaska legislature

Keep track of senior-related bills, budget decisions and other issues by attending the Alaska Commission on Aging Legislative Teleconferences. Hosted by local agencies statewide, and available by toll-free call-in, the teleconferences provide a...

 
 By Ken Stewart    News    May 1, 2021

Payee Representatives scramble to continue service

In the fall of 2019, representative payees in Alaska were involved in a controversy with the Social Security Administration over the legality of charging a certain fee for representative payee services. A representative payee is a person or...

 
 By Senior Voice Staff    News    May 1, 2021

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...

 

Updates on Alaska senior bills and budgets

Keep track of senior-related bills, budget decisions and other issues by attending the Alaska Commission on Aging Legislative Teleconferences. Hosted by local agencies statewide, and available by toll-free call-in, the teleconferences provide a...

 

April 'Age Smart' forum will be positively theatrical

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on April 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are currently held virtually on the internet, using Zoom. The...

 
 By Ken Stewart    News    April 1, 2021

DMV closure proposal meets resistance

The Alaska State Legislature is still working on the next steps for the Department of Administration’s (DOA) proposed closing of six rural DMV locations around the state of Alaska, including Delta Junction, Eagle River, Haines, Valdez, Tok and...

 

How Alaska seniors have fared in the pandemic

No point being a member of the “Nice Club.” We seniors are important, and there are a lot of us. There are 139,000 seniors (age 60+) in the state. We represent 19% of the total Alaska population. According to the June 2019 issue of Alaska...

 

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