Recalling the early days of Alaska schools

Recalling Alaska’s Early School Days

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alaska | Home & Family Riveting recollections from Alaska’s early teachers conjure schools set on frozen tundra, classrooms abuzz with Yup’ik chatter, meals of reindeer meat and parkas of hand-sewn sealskin. “The mission of the Alaska Educators’ Historical Society is to collect and compile these stories from the early days of education in the state,” said Virginia Walters of the Alaska Retired Educators Association. Alaska Teacher Tales, available as a Kindle e-book, contains 32 memoirs from educators who taught territorial and native-village kids before and …

AARP Driver Safety Celebrates Older Americans Month with Discounted Course: AARP Driver Safety online course available for $5 in May

Posted on 05/3/2013 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska | Events | Press ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Driver Safety is celebrating Older Americans Month by inviting AARP members and nonmembers to take its online course at a discounted rate of $5.00 from May 1 through May 31, 2013. The online course normally costs $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for nonmembers. Older Americans Month is a tradition sponsored by the Administration on Aging. Because older adults represent a significant and fast-growing proportion of American drivers — and it has been decades since most …

Top Ten Things You Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

Top Ten Things You Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 05/3/2013 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska | Health & Wellbeing Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of our land, you may wonder, “How does this impact my life?” Here are ten things to know about the law’s protections and benefits: (1) Breathe easy. You are now protected against unfair treatment due to an illness or disability.   Health insurance companies can no longer drop your health coverage if you become sick or disabled. (2) Insurance companies cannot discriminate against you because of your health condition or gender. Health …

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Alaska | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Susan Lutz, Project Advisor for AARP’s Education and Outreach Health Team It’s happened before: A long-time employee is denied leave when her boss asserts that it is not a daughter’s responsibility to care for her ailing mother as long as her father is still alive. Could this happen to you? As our population and labor force ages, caring for an older relative will become as common as taking care of children. With the majority of older people relying on …

AARP Alaska to co-host free Lunch & Learn on May 14 in Anchorage

AARP Alaska to co-host free Lunch & Learn on May 14 in Anchorage

Posted on 04/30/2013 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Events | Press Join us for the next (FREE) Lunch & Learn on May 14 in Anchorage. Presented by Judith Bendersky/Jeanné Larson of the Alaska Medicare Information Office, the May 14 Lunch & Learn topic is: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a Medicare beneficiary, how will the ACA affect you? Date: Tuesday, May 14 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Medicare Information Office, 400 Gambell Street (Conf. Rm. 343) in Anchorage, Alaska. The Medicare Information Office is located on the corner …

AARP Alaska Calls for Tougher Laws to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse

AARP Alaska Calls for Tougher Laws to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Alaska | Money & Work AARP wants to strengthen Alaska’s power-of-attorney law to better protect vulnerable older people from financial exploitation. Under power-of-attorney agreements, people designate trusted associates to make personal or financial decisions for them. But in the hands of an unscrupulous agent, such a document could become a “license to steal,” some legal scholars have said. Diana Weber, Alaska’s long-term care ombudsman, suggests the state’s law should protect people who report suspected abuse, help seniors specify which powers they choose to grant and …