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 By Ken Helander    News    February 1, 2019 

What's new with the new administration, new legislature?

The 31st Alaska State Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 15 with many new faces and a host of old challenges. The Senate quickly elected Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anch.) as Senate President, with a 14-6 Republican majority caucus (one Democrat caucuses with...

 

'Aging and Intimacy' at February forum in Anchorage

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. The February topic is “How...

 

Commission on Aging meets in Juneau, Feb. 11-13

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) will meet Feb. 11-13, in Juneau for their quarterly board meeting. The meeting will also include visits with legislators and their staff to provide information on topics related to the Alaska senior population an...

 

Legislative teleconferences keep you up to date on senior bills

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

 

Free tax assistance begins in February

February marks the opening of Tax-Aide sites around Alaska. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is designed to prepare basic tax returns and anyone can use the service regardless of age or income. Sites are staffed by volunteers who are trained and...

 

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 February: Kodiak Job Center, on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (Feb. 12 and 26), 9 a.m. to noon....

 

Networking (and breakfast!) 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...

 

Legislative teleconferences provide updates on senior bills

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...

 

Learn the Medicare basics at January forum in Anchorage

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on Jan. 8, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. The January topic is...

 

New Fairbanks partnership wants to HELP

Note: The print version of this story incorrectly listed the Monday through Friday hours as noon to 6 p.m. The correct hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a new partnership in the Fairbanks area, called the “H.E.L.P. Center for our Neighbors in Ne...

 

Keep receiving Talking Books while vacationing

Alaska State Library Talking Book Center patrons who travel out of Alaska temporarily are encouraged to notify the Talking Book Center before they leave, staff say. Their service can continue while they are out of Alaska by providing their temporary...

 

Commission on Aging quarterly meeting, Dec. 6

The Alaska Commission on Aging will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This meeting will be held by videoconference and teleconference at the locations below. Public comment, scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45...

 

Forum explores keeping an "Attitude of gratitude"

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. The series is a monthly...

 

Social Security scams spike this time of year

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can. We urge you to always be...

 

Online class focuses on Alaska Native storytelling

The Alaska Training Cooperative and Rural Alaska Health Professions Foundation present “Alaska Native Storytelling: Teaching 10,000+ Years of Evidence,” as part of the Behavioral Health Continuing Education series. This is the time of year for...

 

'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...

 

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