Aging In Alaska

Aging in Alaska is a radio show produced by the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. It was created to provide information, insight, guidance and support to Alaska’s elders and their caregivers. We will talk with medical professionals, caregivers and others with expertise in the field to explore the many aspects of aging here at home in Alaska.

Programs and Services for Seniors & Caregivers

We are speaking with:
Amanda Lofgren the Rural Long Term Care Development Coordinator for the state of Alaska. We’re talking about programs and services that could assist the caregiver or elder in their community or if needed outside their home.

Programs and Services for Seniors & Caregivers Part 2

We are speaking with:
Karen Cobb, the In-Home Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska and later in the show we will speak with Louise Charles director of senior services for the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center in Bethel, Alaska. Today’s show is about programs and services available to seniors or caregiver in the Bethel area.

Power of Laughter and Care for the Caregiver

We are speaking with:
Jennifer Fielder, a nurse and certified laugh leader. She promotes healthy caregiving through the power of laughter. Our second guest is Jim Clark a family caregiver with personal experience and advice. We’re talking about why it’s important to remember that while caring for a loved one, it’s also important to take time for yourself and your life.

EPISODE 4 Research from Dr. Joseph Quinn

We are speaking with:
Dr. Joseph Quinn who is a neurologist with the Oregon Health & Sciences University. We’ll discuss Dr. Quinn’s most recent research and clinical trials regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

EPISODE 5 Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Mini-Grant

We are speaking with:
John Hoffman an education specialist responsible for administering ADRD Mini-Grant applications. We’ll discuss the grant process, the items that can be purchased with the grant, who can apply, and many other common questions regarding the grant.

EPISODE 6 Dementia Beyond Drugs

We are speaking with:
Dr. Allen Power is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Rochester University in New York and a certified educator and mentor of the Eden Alternative. He’s author of a new book: Dementia Beyond Drugs Changing the Culture of Care which takes a hard look at elder care and argues for reform.

EPISODE 7 Normal Signs of Aging

We are speaking with:
Our guest Brenda Brown, RN BC, and a longtime geriatric nurse. In this episode we will be talking about some of the normal signs of aging and what we can expect as we age.

EPISODE 8 Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out

We are speaking with:
Dr. Richard Taylor a retired psychologist and teacher who was diagnosed with dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type, in 2001, at the age of 58. A decade later, he is serving as the chair of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, he has a book chronicling his experiences living with dementia, Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out, and is known as a “champion” for people living with Alzheimer’s.

EPISODE 9 Communication Matters

We are speaking with:
Marilyn McKay, an Education Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Today we will be talking about communication, the importance of it, and the special dynamic between a caregiver and the person they are caring for.

EPISODE 10 Senior

We are speaking with:
Bonnie Murphy an author, personal trainer and the owner of Bfit and Well Fitness Center in Anchorage. She specializes in fitness for mature bodies, has over 27 years of experience and is certified with the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics and fitness Association of America and UAA. I think it is safe to say she is our local all-around fitness guru.

EPISODE 11 Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska – History From a Founder

We are speaking with:
Becky Clement, one of the founding sisters of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Becky shares her story with us including her mother being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and what she learned along the way. This special show gives a glimpse of the history of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska from a touching personal viewpoint.

EPISODE 12 Staying Active As We Age

We are speaking with:
Elizabeth Hunt the director of Day Break Adult Day Services, about staying active as we age. Liz has been working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since 1995 and has been an educator for both families and professional caregivers for quite some time.

EPISODE 13 Alaska Commission on Aging

We are speaking with:
Denise Daniello and Sharon Howerton-Clark. They’ve come in to tell us about what the Alaska Commission on Aging is doing for aging Alaskans. Denise is the Executive Director of the Alaska Commission on Aging and Sharon is the Commission’s Chairperson.

EPISODE 14 Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s

We are speaking with:
Dr. Joshua Gatson who will be talking to us about link between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Gatson, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and will be coming up to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Soldotna in November to discuss his work in a forum open to the public.

EPISODE 15 Staying Active As We Age

We are speaking with:
Amanda Sandlin MSW, Education Specialist at the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. As we all know, the holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially for those caring for a loved one with dementia. Amanda will offer insight and tips as to how to make this holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.

EPISODE 16 “The Sandwich Generation”

We are speaking with:
Marietta Hall; she’ll be talking with us about her experiences and the special challenges associated with being a “sandwich generation” caregiver. Marietta is caring for her mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her four-year-old son and has a new baby on the way.