ARA in the News

Sharpen your mind with brain exercises – KTUU


View Post ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – A new program built on the same principles as physical fitness will soon be available to Alaskans, specifically those who want to keep their mind sharp and engaged. The brain exercises are part of a program developed by the New England Cognitive Center called Mind Aerobics. Right now, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is training its staff […]

Coming soon: An online workout for your brain – Senior Voice


For older people, going to a gym on a regular basis helps to build strength and stamina by exercising the body in systematic, increasingly exerting ways. This effort pays off with a reduced chance of falls, better coordination and balance, improved sleep, stronger muscles and a more positive self-image. As we age, our brains need consistent exercise, too. Aging brings with […]

An Alzheimer’s disease resource for Alaskans – Senior Voice


A conversation with Kay Papakristo, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska Education Director Kay, tell us first about the mission of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska? ARA’s mission is to support Alaskans affected by Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and other disabilities to ensure quality of life. Aging is something that impacts everyone and brings its own challenges; however, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) […]

KLAM Town Meeting Talk Show YouTube


LISTEN: Today we visit with Gay Wellman of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska to share details on a number of programs they’re offering between April and June… Source: KLAM Town Meeting Talk Show 3/29/21 – YouTube […]

Art Links – KINY Capital Chat 3/23/21


Capital Chat Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 – 12 minutes Art Links is a social support program that promotes engagement for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias or seniors at risk of isolation and depression. Price: free to join, registration required Art Links is a social support program that promotes engagement for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias or seniors at […]

Alzheimer’s educational conference to take place virtually – KRBD


by Maria Dudzak | The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is kicking off its 2021 National Educating America Tour in Alaska on February 25th.  Amber Smith of Alzheimer’s Resource Alaska discusses the conference, how to participate, and provides information on signs to look for and ways to lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s. [if lt IE 9]> […]

Enhancing well-being with the creative arts – Senior Voice Alaska – By Janice Downing


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” An insightful quote from artist Pablo Picasso, and a great reminder that each of us has the potential for artistic expression. There is no doubt that creativity is good for us at any age and especially as we age. Studies have shown that […]

Living with dementia and the power of music – Senior Voice Alaska | by Ann Farris


By Ann Farris | Have you ever experienced “goosebumps” while listening to a song or piece of music? Does a certain song or genre of music instantly flood you with memories of family or friends? Music has the amazing power to elicit strong emotions and unlock forgotten experiences for most people. While there is a small percentage of people for […]

Surviving holidays, dementia and a pandemic – Senior Voice | by Gay Wellman


December is full of holidays and celebrations. It is a time of traditions. A time for family and friends. A time for decorations and festive scents. A joyfully busy time of shopping and preparations. However, holidays can also be stressful and lonely, especially for those caring for a loved one with any kind of dementia. The current pandemic makes these […]

Learn more about Alzheimer’s during awareness month – Senior Voice | by Janice Downing


November is here, which means the holidays are right around the corner. It also means that it is “Alzheimer’s Awareness” month. During the month of November our agency, Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA) doubles efforts to raise awareness about the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We believe that education is empowering. The more people know about and understand […]

Creative, meaningful activities for someone living with dementia – Senior Voice | by Janice Downing


What brings enjoyment and happiness to your day? Perhaps your idea of a fulfilling day is making something with your hands, going on an outing, helping others or spending time with friends and family. For our own well-being we need to have a sense of purpose and joy, to feel useful, to have a day of meaningful experiences. These needs […]

Managing Alzheimer’s is difficult for both patients and their families. What resources are there in Alaska? – Alaska Public Media


LISTEN: Managing Alzheimer’s is difficult for both patients and their families. What resources are there in Alaska? (WikiCommons) Alzheimer’s disease affects the lives of 8,500 Alaskans. While the disease is devastating to the patient, it also provides incredible challenges for caregivers and family. How do you manage aggressive behavior, finances, driving, and toileting, etc. Join host Dr Justin Clark for a discussion […]

Memory loss is not necessarily the first sign of dementia | Alaska Pulse | by Gay Wellman


We commonly assume that memory loss is the first sign one is developing dementia. But researchers are now suggesting that a different aspect of thinking called executive function may give the earliest indications that brain changes are forming that can lead to dementia. In a recent article in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, author Carol Larkin explained new evidence suggesting that memory […]

Resources previews for Alzheimer’s caregivers | KTOO


LISTEN: Anchorage (KTOO) — The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska previews interactive workshops for caregivers.  […]

Anchorage choral group forms for those with dementia


Anchorage (KTUU) – The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska formed a chorus with the goal of creating a positive experience for people with dementia and their care partners. “Music is strongly connected to emotion,” Ann Faris said. “And hearing music can evoke emotions in the past. We’ve done a lot of laughing and a lot of crying.” The group rehearsed for seven weeks and […]

Alzheimer’s chorus brings together music and the mind | Senior Voice


Those with dementia find their world diminished, but they don’t know that. It is their caretakers and loved ones who see the change and long for the time when they were present. It is a hard experience, but sadly one that oftentimes comes with aging. There’s a song in the air The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is trying out an approach that […]

Art class brings joy for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia


Anchorage (KTUU) – An art program coordinated by The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska brings a safe space to those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia to socialize and learn. “The Art Links program’s goal is to try to get our clients goal, those who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia, back out of their house,” said Kevin Silver, a Program Assistant with the […]

Local Music Makes Magic Happen at the Memory Café — The People’s Paper & Make A Scene! | Janice Downing


Wasilla (The People’s Paper) – There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does. Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional benefits for people living with dementia. Musical memories are often preserved because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. People living with dementia may lose the ability […]

Memory screenings: Could you be at risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s?


Anchorage (KTVA) – We go to the doctor for annual exams and to the dentist for cleanings, but have you ever thought about having a checkup done on your brain? Source: Memory screenings: Could you be at risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s? […]

Alzheimer’s advocates say talking about when to stop driving is best done early


At Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, advocates are asking a tough question: when is it time to take away the keys from a loved one suffering from dementia? Here’s some warning signs that can tell you it’s time to sit down and talk. “Getting lost in familiar places, having a lot of near misses or fenderbenders,” says Debbie Chulick of Alzheimer’s Resource of […]

How Alaskans can recognize a scam and avoid becoming a victim


Anchorage (KTUU) – In 2018, $500 million were lost to imposter scams — scammers pretending to be someone a victim knows or trusts and convincing them to send them money. It’s the biggest category of scams currently sweeping the nation according to the Federal Trade Commission, and these scammers are getting more sophisticated. Some scams target a large number of people […]

“Bacon” helping Alaskans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s


A pig named Bacon is helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in Anchorage. Bacon “works” at the Turnagain Social Club where she provides a sensory experience for members there. Turnagain Social Club is a senior center, open Monday through Friday, specializing in Alzheimer’s care. The facility provides social, mental and physical stimulation exercise, games and various sensory rooms. It also provides […]

Health: Azlheimer’s – SOL DE MEDIANOCHE


Gabriela Harbison en el Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Foto/Photography: Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska Providing for the Alzheimer’s Patient Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska: more than 30 years working for health ​ By DAYRA VALADES When a person has Alzheimer’s disease, their family and close friends also live with it, not only because they share their everyday life, but because it is common for a family member […]