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Lawrence David Weiss
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Chocolate Lab
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The Reinvention of Albert Paugh (2015) by Jean Davies Okimoto.

 Reviewed by John Booker

In The Reinvention of Albert Paugh (2015) Jean Davies Okimoto sprinkles authentic observations and insights about dramatic changes that occur in our lives, ones that can happen to people at all ages, but have special impact and meaning when you are post-retirement, and in this case, post-divorce. Your career no longer structures your days. You can no longer view your life in terms of two people, and you must start to think as a single person. You have to struggle to reclaim parts of the old you that are still yours, and feelings and strengths that have been submerged by marriage and career may reemerge. While it is a struggle, little satisfactions soon result. If you like irony, get ready for heavy doses and laughing out loud. ...continue reading "Review: The Reinvention of Albert Paugh by Jean Davies Okimoto"

Restaurant
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Every year Approximately 11,000 Alaskans age 65 or older get food poisoning. This is no small matter because older persons are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from food poisoning. Consider that older persons residing in nursing homes are ten times more likely to die from food-born bacteria such as salmonella or listeria, compared to the general population. What does the State of Alaska do to protect us from contaminated foods served in restaurants? How can we identify restaurants that won't serve us food with dangerous bacteria?

...continue reading "Tasty or Toxic? How Do We Find Out?"

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1140-Top-10-Scams-to-avoid-2016.

According to a survey by True Link Financial, older Americans are criminally defrauded of $12.76 billion annually. This includes identity theft and all those crazy scams you hear about but smugly think will never work on you. Do you consider yourself friendly? Thrifty? Financially sophisticated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then according to that same survey you are more likely to be defrauded because you may give strangers the benefit of the doubt, are more enticed by bargains and are comfortable moving larger amounts of money around. The next scam victim could be you.

Here's what to watch out for in the new year and, most important, how to protect yourself. See the AARP article, A New Breed of Scam Artists.

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Aza Vi Jean at Garden web

A new analysis finds that women are far more likely than men to face financial hardship in retirement. Women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older.

Shortchanged in Retirement, The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future, finds that across all age groups, women have substantially less income in retirement than men.

  • Women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older, while women between the ages of 75 to 79 are three times more likely than men to be living in poverty. Widowed women are twice as likely to be living in poverty than their male counterparts. White and black women are almost twice as likely to be living in poverty than their male counterparts during retirement.

...continue reading "Shortchanged in Retirement, The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future"

Vic Fischer

In the spirit of This American Life, The Moth, and other storytelling events, Arctic Entries brings Alaskans to the stage to share their personal stories: funny, sad and sweet. At every performance, seven people each tell a seven-minute long true story about themselves relating to the show’s theme. Local musicians perform a few songs as well. Proceeds made from Arctic Entries’s ticket sales go to a non-profit partner selected at the beginning of each season. Currently, all Arctic Entries’ regular season shows take place at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts at 621 West 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK. ...continue reading "Arctic Entries: Local Story-Telling Events You Can Attend or Narrate"

Food cattalin / Pixabay

Adults 65 and older are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illness.  For example, older adults residing in nursing homes are ten times more likely to die from bacterial gastroenteritis than the general population.   As data shows, food safety is particularly important for adults 65 and older. This increased risk of foodborne illness is because our organs and body systems go through changes as we age. These changes include:

...continue reading "A Word From CDC: Food Safety for Older Adults"

Mall Walking
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Regardless of residential or work locations, walking can be done in a variety of venues. However, many neighborhood environment factors, such as street layout, sidewalk conditions, proximity of desirable destinations, perceived safety from traffic, and crime, all influence walking-related physical activity. These factors associated with neighborhood walkability are important for all Americans, but especially for many midlife and older adults with physical or cognitive disabilities.
...continue reading "Don’t Want to Break A Hip On The Ice? Consider Mall Walking"