Healthy Alaska Plan: Good for Alaskans

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy by Terry Snyder Any person who loses their job has a tough time. For those ages 40 and older, circumstances are especially hard. Once unemployed, older workers are less likely to find new jobs than their younger counterparts, more likely to drop out of the labor force, and more likely to experience earnings and benefit losses—like affordable health coverage—if they do find work. We also have tens of thousands of hardworking Alaskans working in positions without health benefits who continue …

The “Medicare Minute” program – a brilliant strategy to educate beneficiaries about their benefits

Posted on 04/23/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Fraud | Local Resources The “Medicare Minute” program is making its debut in Alaska. The program is quickly becoming a popular tool for seniors to educate their peers about their Medicare benefits and to protect themselves from Medicare Fraud. The brainchild of the Medicare Rights Center, the “Medicare Minute” program was created and launched in New York in 2001. The “Medicare Minute” programs are short, engaging presentations on timely Medicare topics that are presented at local sites on a monthly basis. Volunteers are provided …

Join Alaska’s RurAL CAP Elder Mentor Program

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Community | Local Resources | Volunteering Elder Mentors have been improving children’s success in Head Start, classroom and other community settings across Alaska for more than 30 years. By providing one-on-one help with school work, modeling social and cultural values, and offering emotional support to children with exceptional/special needs, Elder Mentor volunteers offer the intergenerational relationships so important to healthy child development. Alaska’s Elder Mentors serve through the national Foster Grandparent – Senior Corps Program. Program goals include increasing school readiness for preschool children, increasing school …

AARP Praises Major Step Toward Closing Loophole on Behalf of Investors

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy New rule would help many saving for retirement who may be losing billions of dollars WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP along with members of the Save Our Retirement coalition praised the latest major step taken on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would update requirements for those who give financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. DOL released the text of the rule and opened a public comment period for Americans to comment on a rule that …

April 8 webinar: Help with Medicare Costs ….register today

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing The Alaska Medicare Information Office – SHIP/SMP invites you to participate in the last of a series of webinars: Help with Medicare Costs on April 8. To register, click the registration link below. If you are not able to join us, please still register as you will receive a follow-up email which provides a link to the encore recording you may listen to at any time. Help with Medicare Costs April 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM AKDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4944945059006283009 …

Skagway, Angoon and Hoonah have the best health outcomes in Alaska: Report

Posted on 03/25/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Community | Home & Family From the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2015 Annual rankings show where Alaska regions do well and suggest opportunities for improvement ANCHORAGE — Skagway, Angoon and Hoonah are ranked as having the most favorable health outcomes for length and quality of life across Alaska, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings. The rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, provide …