Add a Little Exercise To Your Day!

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

With Medicare Enrollment, Timing is Everything

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Documentary Shows Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

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

Health & Wellbeing   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 …

Alaska’s Best Kept Secret in Elder Care

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

Health & Wellbeing 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, …