Ken

Ken has been working with older people and their families since 1977. He came to Anchorage in 1981 and was part of the gang that started Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Ken worked many years at Anchorage Community Mental Health as Director of Senior Services, where he had the great pleasure of helping develop Day Break Adult Day Center, as well as the Senior Psychiatric Outreach Team (SPOT). He also worked in a skilled care facility in Anchorage as its Clinical Services Director.

While doing doctoral studies in California, Ken worked for Jewish Family Services as a case manager, giving him a deep appreciation for what our ARA Care Coordinators do every day. Other stops along the way included managing Early Stage Services for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, followed by eight years as the Advocacy Director for AARP Alaska.

Ken missed working more directly with Alaska’s older adults and was very glad to find a spot at Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.  He now is working to develop and promote ARA’s newest program, Mind Aerobics™.

In personal pursuits, Ken is a pianist and serves as the accompanist for his church congregation.  He also enjoys working with stained glass in his home workshop.  His best times are with family, including adult children, grandchildren, his husband, Frank, and their very sweet pit bull, Tess.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 104]
📠 907-561-3315
khelander@alzalaska.org