Caregiving by committee

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Ken Helander As Alaskans, we live up close and personal with our unique neighbors, the moose. They are huge animals and look rather awkward, even though they can move effortlessly through dense woods and deep snow. Nevertheless, they are a comical assemblage of body parts that don’t all seem to go together. The running joke is that a moose is a horse designed by a committee. This helps to illustrate something that can happen to families who become responsible …

Your Independence Plan

Posted on 07/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Nicole Duritz As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the 4th of July, it’s a good time to think about our own freedom and independence. Many of us want to live with independence in our homes and communities with the care that we want and need, for as long as we can. Is this your desire, too?  To manage how you age, it’s in your best interest to have a plan – an “independence plan” that …

States move to support working family caregivers — added support will help Alaskans

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Lynn Friss Feinberg |AARP Public Policy Institute Juggling work and family caregiving responsibilities is stressful, even overwhelming, because most workplaces aren’t “caregiver friendly.” I hear this all the time from my friends and colleagues who care for aging parents. Public policies can help working caregivers better manage their responsibilities so that they don’t have to choose between work and family caregiving. One way states can help is by providing legal protections from employment discrimination due to caregiving status. States …

Alaska’s high ranking comes with caution

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Alaska ranks high for serving older and disabled residents but more must be done to support family caregivers. According to a new, state-by-state, long-term care Scorecard from AARP, Alaska ranks fifth in the nation overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents.  But AARP cautions against too much optimism since improvements must be made when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, especially the support provided for family caregivers. See Alaska’s …

AARP supports Statewide Immunization Program

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing At a bill signing ceremony this morning, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell recognized AARP’s support of SB 169 – Statewide Immunization Program. Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the bill. SB 169 establishes a statewide vaccination program and creates a vaccine assessment commission with the Department of Health and Social Services. The purpose of the program is to monitor, purchase and distribute recommended vaccines to providers, making available universal access for all ages to vaccines. Originally, the legislation targeted only children, but AARP worked …

Helping People Find the Health Care Coverage They Need

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing ANCHORAGE –Enrollment in Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” plans nearly doubled in the final month , but many who need insurance and would benefit from the Act’s provision have yet to enroll. Alaska’s advocates for the uninsured meet weekly to look for ways to build on the momentum and provide information to people who are without the health care they need. Open enrollment for ACA coverage ended in April, but people with a qualifying life event can still apply. That includes …