How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

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

Alaska | Money & Work 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 www.aarp.org/socialsecuritybenefits. 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

Alaska | Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Helping Caregivers Manage Medical Tasks at Home

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP Alaska is pressing for legislation that could help an estimated 128,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state, many of whom perform medical tasks for aging parents or other loved ones at home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act aims to reduce hospital readmissions by helping caregivers gain confidence in handling such tasks as managing medications or dressing wounds. The proposed legislation would allow every hospital patient an opportunity to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would be required …

Open Enrollment Starts Saturday for State’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Local Resources Delaware will launch the second open enrollment period of its Health Insurance Marketplace will run from Nov. 15, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015, and is  ready to build on the success of season one in which 14,400 Delawareans signed up for private health coverage.  Individuals must sign up by Dec. 15 for coverage to be effective Jan. 1. Policies for all current enrollees expire on Dec. 31.  Key features of the Health Insurance Marketplace in Delaware for 2015 include: More choice: People who …

Documentary Shows Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alaska | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family In observance of National Caregivers Month, AARP Alaska, Volunteers of America Alaska (VOAAK) and the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska are cohosting an advance screening of the award-winning documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The film—which draws attention to the challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers—will be shown at the Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage on Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, Campbell and his wife, Kim, went public …

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

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

Advocacy | Alaska 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 silveralert.alaska.gov. 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 …