Aging in Alaska

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. Each month 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.

Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska is the state’s leading source of information, support and services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). We are a non-profit organization serving individuals with ADRD as well as frail elders throughout the state since 1984.

Aging in Alaska: Sandwich Generation

It is estimated that one in six families in the U.S. live in a multi-generational home and around 20 million individuals are part of something called the “sandwich generation”. This term refers to those who find themselves “sandwiched” between two other generations, raising their kids while caring for an older loved one. This is not a new phenomenon; however it is becoming a growing trend with the weakened economy and baby-boomers beginning to reach retirement age. Click for more.

Elder Caregiving Tips for Holidays and Travel

Aging in Alaska host Lisa Wawrzonek interviews Education Specialist Amanda Sandlin on caregiving during holiday season for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This time of year brings a unique set of challenges for caregivers and can be extremely difficult for those with dementia. Amanda offers tips on everything from traveling to gift giving in order to make this holiday season more enjoyable for everyone. Click for more.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s

Dr. Joshua Gatson is an award winning Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Gatson is currently participating in some of the first clinical studies in the world attempting to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia from developing in individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. In this edition of Aging in Alaska, our host, Lisa Wawrzonek interviews Dr. Gatson about his work and new developments in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Click for more.

Alaska Commission on Aging

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) advocates for state policy, public and private partnerships, state/federal projects and citizen involvement that assists each of us to age successfully in our homes, in our communities or as near as possible to our communities and families. Aging in Alaska host Lisa Wawrzonek spoke with representatives from the ACoA to find out more. Click for more information.