— If you live in Juneau, you are invited to a free public lecture “Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Centennial Hall. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what Dr. Zitter calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. In her work, Zitter builds bridges between patients and the …

— September is Emergency Preparedness Month—perfect timing for the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Expo in Mat-Su Valley. Cosponsored by AARP Alaska, the free expo is Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Menard Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St., Wasilla. Exhibits will include an Earthquake Cottage, which mimics the tremors that strike Alaska about 1,000 times a month; a “fashion show” of personal flotation devices; and an interactive firehouse. The first 100 adults to arrive will receive an emergency …

— AARP members can hit a home run just by making reservations for AARP Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 1, when the Mat-Su Miners take on the Anchorage All Stars. All AARP members who register in advance can reserve up to four free seats for themselves and their family members and friends. The game will be at Hermon Brothers Field at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, starting at 7 p.m. An AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, …

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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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— 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 …

— The Alaska Medicare Information Office – SHIP/SMP invites you to participate in the fourth of a series of webinars: Medicare Fraud: Don’t be an April fool!….on April 1. 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. Medicare Fraud: Don’t be an April fool! April 1, 2015 at 1:30 …