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— The popular Sitka Arts & Science Festival, which features weeklong workshops for people interested in creative arts and nature, offers discount registration fees to AARP members. Participants can study photography, writing, ancient weaving techniques or sewing with fish skins. They can create music in a temperate rain forest or explore the science of rivers and watersheds. Tuition includes meals, lectures, excursions and other events, as well as accommodations on the historic campus. Two sessions are available, July 16-23 and July …

Sen. Dan Sullivan meets with AARP Alaska State President Terry Snyder and AARP Alaska State Director Ken Osterkamp. In the photo on the right, Osterkamp and Snyder meet with Congressman Don Young

— June 8, 2016 Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregivingand Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks: AARP advocateswill ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, …

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— A new program aims to reshape health care in Alaska by developing leaders who integrate geriatrics with primary care. The Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development program is a partnership between the University of Alaska and Southcentral Foundation Nuka System of Care. The noncredit course provides insights into the needs of older adults and sharpens skills for health and behavioral health professionals, family caregivers and advocates. It can be custom designed for individual participants to focus, for example, on dementia. Ken …

Ken Helander, Director of Advocacy, AARP Alaska

— Alaska End of Session Wrap-Up 2016 by Ken Helander, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska Since legislators did not come to agreement on the state’s budget, which they must pass according to the state constitution, as well as some other major items left hanging, the governor called a special session to begin immediately. Nevertheless, it has, to this point, been a consequential and somewhat productive session. While the overriding theme for legislators was the severe loss of state revenue due to low …

Two couples playing golf.

— AARP members are invited to join the AARP Tuesday 9-Hole Golf League at the Anchorage Golf Course. Rates: $20 Greens Fee Optional $10 Golf Cart (per person) Prizes will be paid out in the form of gift certificates. Additional 9 holes available most days for $8 Green Fee, $5 Cart Fee. If you wish to play 18, please pay at time of check-in. Registration: To participate after the first week you must sign up a minimum of 24 hours in …

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— In a state that never lacks for extreme conditions, AARP is working with local agencies to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are invited to a free Emergency Expo and Safety Fair on May 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Willow Community Center on George Parks Highway in Willow. Sponsors include the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services, Mat-Su Local Emergency Planning Committee and Willow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Alaska is subject to …

87 percent

— New AARP survey finds most consumers age 50-plus believe prescription medications are too expensive Washington, DC – The vast majority (81%) of adults age 50-plus say prescription drug prices are too high and nearly 9 in 10 (87%) want politicians to support efforts to make them more affordable, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute consumer survey. “This survey confirms what we expected: People want more affordable prescription drugs,” said AARP Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “The …

Return from Grief

— Return from Grief workshop is free and open to the public. Thursday, April 28 5:30 – 7:30 pm Centennial Hall Hickel Room 101 Egan Drive, Juneau Although grief with loss is often unavoidable and indeed it can be crippling, grief is something that is possible to pass through and return from. At this event we hope to give participants the opportunity to think about grief and to receive advice from four Juneau experts, each with a different perspective on grief. …

Not as Prescribed

— Betty Ford Center Expert Guides Families Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults in New Book “Not As Prescribed is a valiant effort at helping concerned loved ones and caregivers of older adults understand the dynamics behind [drug and alcohol problems]. Getting my mom to treatment, and then a life of recovery, wasn’t easy, but it was a miracle to us. Every life is worth saving.” – Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Betty Ford   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statistics …

CAREGIVING

— For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016 Contact: Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax …