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 …

Your Social Security and Your Retirement: Making a Plan that’s Right for You

Posted on 07/21/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

About AARP | Alaska | Events | Money & Work What’s the best time to claim your Social Security benefits? Many have questions related to their benefits and AARP has lots of information to help. For starters, let the Social Security Calculator help you figure out how much retirement income you’ll receive at different claiming ages so you can determine when you should claim Social Security. Can you afford to “retire early” and claim benefits at age 62, should you wait until your full retirement age, or can you wait …

Caregiving by committee

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

Alaska | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family 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 …

UA offers tuition relief that could help parents & grandparents

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Have your children or grandchildren moved away and are looking for a way to come back to Alaska to earn an undergraduate or post graduate degree? The University of Alaska may have just made that easier by waiving its non-resident tuition fees for the 2015-2016 school year. According to University President Pat Gamble, “To be eligible, students must prove lineal descent from a current Alaska resident through birth certificates and other vital records which may include proof of shareholder status …