Introducing: The Anchorage Senior Friendly Project!

Our founder and president, Kevin Turkington, is a member of the Municipality of Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission and serves on the board of the Mabel T Caverly Senior Center. As such, he’s been a proud participant in developing a Senior Friendly Project in Anchorage, with the goal of improving shopping experiences for our older… Continue reading

Reduce Holiday Stress by Looking Ahead

With the holidays quickly approaching, this can be a stressful time for seniors and their caregivers. With all the hustle and bustle going on, it can be a daunting task to go buy Christmas gifts or even groceries. We as caregivers should be able to provide our aging loved ones with tools and resources to… Continue reading

Holiday Shopping Hints

The holidays are here and boy did they come quickly!! How many of you have not accomplished your shopping yet? I’ll admit I sure haven’t.  Like many of us around here we get carried away with work, kids, school, holiday parties, sports events, you name it! Shopping is usually last on the list and… Continue reading

Let’s Be Senior Friendly!

Alaska’s senior population is growing at a faster rate in comparison to the lower 48 states. In the past, many Alaskan seniors spent their early senior years snow-birding: leaving Alaska during the winter months and returning for the summer months. Once they could no longer sustain this seasonal pattern, many would move to warmer retirement… Continue reading

Veterans and PTSD

It wasn’t until 1980 that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was added to the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental disorders—but that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist before then. It just means that the suite of symptoms resulting in some individuals who experienced a traumatic event was given a name and a more direct pathway… Continue reading

Caring for Aging Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11th, we’ve dedicated this month’s blog posts to our country’s veterans.   We’ll try to provide context for the common challenges faced by our veterans in order to better provide support, where possible. A good number of our aging population is comprised of veterans. And sadly, there is… Continue reading

Listening to Our Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11th, we’ve dedicated this month’s blog posts to our country’s veterans.    We’ll try to provide context for the common challenges faced by our veterans in order to better provide support, where possible. Veterans Day isn’t just a day to acknowledge our country’s veterans. It’s a time to… Continue reading

Veterans’ Benefits: Knowing the Basics

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11th, we’ve dedicated this month’s blog posts to our country’s veterans.   We’ll try to provide context for the common challenges faced by our veterans in order to better provide support, where possible. If we are not veterans ourselves, many of us have the desire to express our… Continue reading

Let’s Say Thank You

This month, the nation celebrates Veterans, a time set aside to honor American veterans throughout history for their service and sacrifice. Only a fraction of Americans choose to serve, but their sacrifice is anything but small. Our service members put themselves in harm’s way, some paying the ultimate sacrifice; so we can go to bed… Continue reading

How Will You Spend the Holiday?

With Veterans’ Day quickly approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about how to spend this day with your client. Whether your client served or not, this is an important day to all and can be celebrated by all.   You can use this week to gain insight on your client. As… Continue reading

Veteran’s Day

As I was sitting in my home in East Anchorage, thinking about what I wanted to write about this month, I could hear the sound of our local troops engaging in live fire training in the dark of the evening. “Pow… pow, pow, pow. BOOM! Tat, tat tat…” With each sound I heard I couldn’t… Continue reading

Caregiver’s Stress Syndrome: Let’s Start Talking About It

If they ever submitted a bill for service, it would come to over $450 billion. That’s how much work is contributed every year by the nation’s unpaid health caretakers. On any given day, almost 66 million Americans are providing informal health care to ill, aged or disabled patients. Usually it’s for a family member, and… Continue reading

Caregiving Stress Part II: It Hits Women the Hardest

The health profession defines caretaker’s stress syndrome as a debilitating condition brought on by unrelieved, constant caring for a person with a chronic illness or dementia. It is beginning to be recognized as a serious health issue, but it is still rarely discussed. The medical profession has only recently become aware of the toll that… Continue reading

Isolation: The Most Threatening Condition

We all know that lifestyles can have a serious impact on a person’s health. If most of us had to guess, we would probably name smoking as the greatest health hazard, with excessive drinking and/or obesity coming in second. We would be wrong. Or at least we would be wrong if we talking about the… Continue reading

Alaska is Aging: Our Elders Will Need our Help

Alaska has always enjoyed a youthful population. It’s partly our young military but beyond even that, our state has always attracted laborers and adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts who tend to be starting out in life–in their twenties and thirties. But along with the rest of the country, even Alaska is getting older. We know how… Continue reading

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