Older Adults Can Play Role as Kids Get Back to School

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska | Home & Family By Lester Strong ♦ In late April, America’s Promise Alliance announced that for the first time in our nation’s history we achieved an 80 percent graduation rate. Hundreds of nonprofit and government partners celebrated that achievement. It was only eight years ago that we graduated fewer than 74 percent and our graduation rate was categorized as “C”. We have now progressed to “B” but it will take more than the schools, teachers and administrators alone to continue this forward momentum. …

AARP Celebrates Social Security’s 79th Anniversary

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Alaska | Money & Work As Social Security remains important and wildly popular to millions, AARP offers tools and advocates for a strong program. WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 79th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement: “AARP salutes Social Security, whose growing importance to millions of American families of all political stripes deserves to be celebrated.  Social Security provides earned benefits to approximately 58 million people: 41 million retired workers and …

Alaska’s Best Kept Secret in Elder Care

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family by Ken Helander ♦ Alaska has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. At AARP Alaska, we are striving to make it easier for older people to live with independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can, surrounded by family and friends. We are doing this by supporting the estimated 128,000 Alaskan families who provide unpaid care to their loved ones with resources and tools; and by advocating for better quality, …

Health Tip: Avoid Doughnuts This Summer!

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

About AARP | Alaska | Events | Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz  ♦  The dog days of August are the most likely time for Medicare Part D participants to fall into the “doughnut hole” and see their prescriptions costs rise. With AARP resources, you can see if you’re at risk of falling in, and find options for lowering your drug costs. The Doughnut Hole Each year, 19% of Medicare Part D beneficiaries fall into the “doughnut hole.” Once the amount of money you and your insurance company pay for …

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: Anne Drago

Posted on 07/31/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Alaska | Volunteering AARP Alaska recently sat down with Anne Drago, Chair of the AARP Anchorage Community Council. AARP: How would you describe your professional background?Anne: My professional background is a mix of small business ownership and management followed by both paid and volunteer work in non-profit administration, specializing in the fields of public relations, marketing, fund raising, and event planning. AARP: Tell us about your accomplishments; what are you most proud of?Anne: I enjoy being challenged and exceeding goals and expectations. I …

Does Your Toolbox Include Power of Attorney?

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing By Ken Helander Alaskans place a very high value on independence. In a land that is often challenging, we are proud to be self-sufficient and prepared for the unexpected. Oftentimes, being prepared can mean having the right tools to meet the challenge. However, the right tools are not always a hammer, chainsaw, shovel or an axe. Sometimes they’re legal tools that help a person get through other difficulties. Among the most important of these is the ability to delegate power …