— For everyone who has endured the humbling experience of repeatedly asking kids and grandchildren how to use their smartphones or tablets, AARP Alaska and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) have a solution. Volunteer professors will offer a free half-day technology workshop at the UAS Juneau campus on Thursday, May 11. Attendees can bring their own devices. In addition to Apple and Android basics, the topics may include social media, syncing email on multiple devices, managing digital images, searching the …

— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

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— About 85,000 Alaskans provide unpaid services worth about $1.2 billion a year to help a family member or friend age in place rather than move into a nursing home. “Caregiving is inherently stressful, and it is crucial that caregivers have access to information that can help them feel more confident in that role,” said Ken Helander, AARP state advocacy director. In order to get useful information out to the state’s vast rural areas, AARP Alaska will host a tele-town hall …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2016 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia Statement by AARP’s John Hishta on Presidential Debate: Presidential Candidates and Moderators Leave Voters Guessing on Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — “Opinions on who won Sunday night’s Presidential debate will vary but who lost is clear: the millions of American voters who want to understand how the candidates would keep Social Security strong for future generations,” AARP Senior Vice President, Campaigns, John Hishta said. “The debate was …

— Discrimination can lead to financial insecurity and isolation for many LGBT older adults. In Alaska, an AARP-backed coalition recently joined SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders), a national advocacy group with affiliates in 21 states. SAGE aims to ensure inclusion, security and quality of life for older LGBT adults and pursues policies to address their needs. “LGBT seniors are five times less apt to use senior services for fear of discrimination or not being accepted,” …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           September 28, 2016   CONTACT: Ann Secrest asecrest@aarp.org 907-762-3302 or 907-230-6072   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, …

— 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 …

— 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, …

— 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 …

— 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 …