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'Mother' of the Cordova Iceworm Festival recalls its roots, evolution

Free tax help begins this month

The Tax-Aide program is designed to prepare basic tax returns for most low and middle income taxpayers, with an emphasis on senior citizens and disabled taxpayers. Sites are staffed by volunteers who are trained and certified by Internal Revenue...

Teleconferences keep you up-to-date on the 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, the teleconferences provide a convenient forum for seniors and...

Social Security forum coming March 10

Older Persons Action Group, Inc. and the Social Security Administration are teaming up to present an educational forum, “Social Security: Everything You Always Wanted to Ask,” on March 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will take place in Anchorage...

Alaska's senior population surpassed 70,000 in 2014

Alaska’s population ages 65 and older increased by 3,388 between July 2013 and July 2014 and reached 71,080 people, according to estimates released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Since 2010, the proportion of the...

Business-to-business networking for Anchorage senior service providers

Interested in learning more about businesses and agencies providing senior services in the Anchorage area? Want to get the word out about your own service? The monthly Interagency Breakfast, sponsored by Older Persons Action Group, is an...

Elders in Training Summit March 3-4 in Fairbanks

The 7th Annual We Are All Elders In Training Summit will be held March 3 and 4 in Fairbanks at the Raven Landing Community Center, 1222 Cowles Street. This year's theme is "Inspired Aging; Limitless...

Alaska Commission on Aging to meet in Juneau

Members of the Alaska Commission on Aging will gather in Juneau, Feb. 9-12, for the quarterly commission meeting and to pay visits to legislators in the state Capitol. The commission meeting will be held in the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation...

Social Security to expand field office hours nationwide

Social Security announces as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices – including Alaska’s three offices – will be open to the public for an additional hour on...

'Mother' of the Cordova Iceworm Festival recalls its roots, evolution

It's the 56th year for the Cordova Iceworm Festival, and for more than half of those years, Barbara Beedle chaired the festivities. Current chair of the annual event, Darrel Olsen, calls her "The...

Anyone have questions?

Tod Sebens helped unlock computer mysteries for Haines seniors during January. Following one senior's interest in adding to her skills, he volunteered to teach free sessions at Haines Senior...

Gelpad armor and airbags you can wear

Airbags, now found in virtually every vehicle, have saved countless lives and substantially reduced the severity of injuries in crashes. Similar technology could greatly reduce broken hips resulting...

Generics: As good as name-brand drugs? Yes

As a Valentines’ Day present to yourself, you might ask your doctor if any of your prescriptions are coming available as generics. 2015 is slated to be a big year for popular name-brand drugs to...

Taking steps to correct Aetna drug plan errors

Happy Shortest Month of the Newest Year! To those of you who bought the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan, I am sorry to tell you that there was incorrect information about pharmacies who...

Spring may be a dream, but health fairs are here

Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. begins its spring series of health fairs this month, featuring free health screenings and education, low cost blood tests and more. The tests can help you learn about your health and detect potential problems early, when...

Jogging, yoga are even healthier than we thought

Yoga may help boost brain function in older adults A simple yoga program may be good for the brain in unexpected ways. University of Illinois researchers are now reporting that practicing hatha yoga...

Free training and support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in February. This month’s theme is National Heart Month. Feb. 3, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Caregiver...

Cuba visit brings people, headlines closer

President Obama in December of 2014 took the first step in removing the last vestige of the cold war by restoring relations with Cuba. The United States for over 53 years maintained sanctions...

World War 2's historic African American trailblazers

The Alaskan-Canadian Highway, known now as the Alcan, was one of the highest priority projects in the Second World War after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The strategic value...

Anchorage doctor makes first relay run to Iditarod in 1921

One of Anchorage's most respected doctors made a mercy run to Iditarod four years before Nome's celebrated diphtheria serum run of 1925. Early on the morning of Jan. 24, 1921, Dr. John B. Beeson...

Comedian Rich Little still impresses

At 76, veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little is still zigzagging the country doing one-man shows. Impressions have been Little's stock and trade since his school days in Ottawa, Canada. "I...

How to print a folder index, reduce photos and more

Q. Is there is any way to print the contents of a folder so I can obtain a list of the filenames, sizes and dates modified? A. Yes, you can print a list of the files and subfolders contained in any Windows folder, and while this can be accomplished...

Age and your credit score

Age does not directly affect your credit score. At least not the way late or missed payments or overuse affect your score. But there is a definite connection. Assuming you’ve handled your finances well, age can be a positive factor in determining...

Separate trusts? Be sure you understand what you need

Dear Jonathan: Several years ago my wife and I completed our estate planning. At that time our estate was worth around $2 million and the exemption from federal estate taxes was only $1 million. Consequently, our attorney recommended that we...

It's always party time in New Orleans

Alaskans will find the terrain of New Orleans definitely alien - flat with no mountains, with a whiff of sulfur in the muggy air off the Bayou. But in February, it's worth a visit when temperatures...

AARP supports Alaskan caregiver legislation

There are more than 88,000 family caregivers in Alaska at any given time, and more than 128,000 over the course of a year, according to a 2014 report on Long Term Services and Supports done by AARP’s Public Policy Institute (htt...

Advocacy, partnering in the Juneau community

The AARP Juneau Community Council attended the Jan. 15, “Annual Elders and Caregivers Workshop,” hosted by the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The focus was “Medicaid Opportunities in Alaska, Juneau Senior Housing and...

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