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Add a Little Exercise To Your Day!

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Exercise helps your entire body – from physical well-being to state of mind. Here are a few tips to get you started: Start slowly – don’t overdo it. Gradually increase the intensity of your workout. Wear the right shoes for comfort and support. Wear a step counter throughout the day. It’s rewarding to see those steps increase on your step counter over time. Don’t quit- make exercise part of your daily life. About 44% of adults get some exercise, but …

How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

If you’re like most Americans, your Social Security benefits will make up a significant chunk of your retirement income. You have several ways, especially if you are or were married, to make your monthly check as high as it can be. AARP’s Social Security Calculator is an easy way to see how different claiming strategies might affect your benefits. Check it out at Here are some strategies to consider: Delay You can begin collecting Social Security at age 62, …

With Medicare Enrollment, Timing is Everything

Posted on 01/21/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

By Nicole Duritz The other day I parked downtown to run an errand on my way home from work. I plugged the meter for just 30 minutes as I was sure I could get back to my car in the time allowed. But I didn’t expect a long line at the checkout counter. As I headed back to my car, I saw the dreaded parking ticket on my windshield. The error cost me money. It was an unwanted expense and …

Silver Alert System Goes Live; Protects Missing Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Press release from Sen. Johnny Ellis’s office October 30, 2014 Rep. Gruenberg’s And Sen. Ellis’s Legislation Creates Rapid Response for Alaska Seniors ANCHORAGE – Today, the long-awaited Silver Alert rapid response and notification system went live at The network’s protections are especially important to senior citizens with dementia, adults with developmental disabilities, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other disabled adults. “In the same way Amber Alert helps find missing children, Silver Alert will save lives by coordinating …

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

  By Julie E. Lee   Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season.   But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and …

Candidates square off October 1 in Palmer

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

House 11, House 12 and Senate Seat F candidates face potential constituents ANCHORAGE, AK – Candidates running for House District 11, House District 12 and Senate Seat F will meet in a Candidate Forum at the Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 South Chugach Street in Palmer on Wed., Oct. 1 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by AARP Alaska. Shelley Hughes (R) and Pete LaFrance (D), candidates for House District 11 will answer questions from 6:00 to 7:00 …