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Medicare enrollment at the Big Lake Public Library

Health and Wellnessby Roma Scougal

Don’t let time run out! Medicare open enrollment for 2018 coverage ends December 7, 2017. Even if you are happy with your current drug coverage, it’s still worthwhile to review your options because monthly premiums and covered prescriptions for a plan can change each year. Choosing a prescription plan can be confusing, but we are here to help. Britney Travis, from the Medicare Information Office, will be at the Big Lake Public Library on Tuesday, November 21, from 10 AM to 3 PM, and on Monday, November 27, from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM, to help you enroll. Please call 907-373-3632 for a time slot.

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Please note the new times.

$60/month or $10 for drop-ins. Bring a mat.

Classes designed for all levels.

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Self-care after a major-traumatic event

Health and WellnessWe can be traumatized by news of a major tragic event, whether it’s a crime or a natural disaster, even if it’s far away.

It is important to understand that we can be impacted even if we don’t have a direct connection to the event. We can and should take steps to purposefully take care of ourselves and those we care about to reduce the harmful impact of trauma and use it as motivation to build our personal resilience and strengthen our communities.

It’s common to feel:

Shocked

Saddened

Angry or irritable

Helpless

Depressed

Anxious

Distracted

General turmoil

People may have difficulty concentrating or sleeping, or be troubled by recurring disturbing thoughts.

Read more here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/Commissioner/Pages/Self-care.aspx.

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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

Health and Wellness

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Please note the new times.

$60/month or $10 for drop-ins. Bring a mat.

Classes designed for all levels.

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Big Lake Welcomes Seniors

Health and WellnessSubmitted by Jim Faiks

A new gated community offers affordable lake front homes for seniors.

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Back to School Immunizations

Health and WellnessDon't Wait, Vaccinate!
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Tapping Birch Trees Class @ The Big Lake Library

Health and WellnessContributed by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Tapping Birch Trees. March 28th, 6-7 pm.

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Does Winter Actually Make Us Sad?

Health and WellnessDuring 2014–15, a psychologist from Stanford University called Kari Leibowitz spent ten months in Tromsø trying to figure out how people cope during the cold, dark winters. Together with Vittersø, she devised a ‘winter mindset questionnaire’ to assess people’s attitudes to winter in Tromsø, Svalbard and the Oslo area. The farther north they went, the more positive people’s mindsets towards winter were, she tells me. “In the south, people didn’t like winter nearly as much. But across the board, liking winter was associated with greater life satisfaction and being willing to undertake challenges that lead to greater personal growth.”

It sounds dismissively simple, but adopting a more positive attitude really might help to ward off the winter blues. Kelly Rohan recently published a clinical trial comparing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to light therapy in the treatment of SAD, and found them comparable during the first year of treatment. CBT involves learning to identify patterns and errors in one’s way of thinking and challenging them. In the case of SAD, that could be rephrasing thoughts such as ‘I hate winter’ to ‘I prefer summer to winter’, or ‘I can’t do anything in winter’ to ‘It’s harder for me to do things in winter, but if I plan and put in effort I can’.

It also involves finding activities that a person is willing to do in winter, to pull them out of hibernation mode. “I don’t argue that there isn’t a strong physiological component to seasonal depression, which is tied to the light–dark cycle,” says Rohan. “But I do argue that the person has some control over how they respond to and cope with that. You can change your thinking and behaviour to feel a bit better at this time of year.” Article: http://digg.com/2017/does-darkness-make-you-sad

Big Lake Winter Day Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Scam Warning from the Alaska DHSS

Health and WellnessWarning - A phone number that was once used for the Denali KidCare program is now being used to ask people for their credit card number in order to win a prize. The phone number related to this activity is 888-318-8890. This is not a State of Alaska government phone number. People should not call this number or give out Medicaid or credit card information.​
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No Fukushima-Related Radiation Detected in Alaska Seafood

Health and WellnessThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and other state, federal, and international agencies, continues testing of Alaska seafood for any potential impacts resulting from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Testing performed in previous years showed no detectable levels of Fukushima-related radionuclides. Testing in 2016 also confirmed the quality and health of Alaska seafood has not been impacted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Fish species were chosen for testing based on their importance to subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries and because they spend part of their life cycle in the western Pacific Ocean. These species include: king (Chinook) salmon, chum (dog) salmon, sockeye (red) salmon, pink salmon (humpies), halibut, pollock, sablefish, herring, and Pacific cod. Samples of fish were taken by DEC Environmental Health Officers during regular inspections of commercial fishing processors throughout the state. The results of testing conducted on Alaska fish in 2016 showed no detection of Fukushima-related radionuclides Iodine-131 (I-131), Cesium-134 (Cs-134), and Cesium-137 (Cs-137).

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Free Medicare Counseling @ The Big Lake Library

Health and Wellness by Roma Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

Back again by popular demand – Free Medicare counseling at the Big Lake Public Library, with Greta Kopperud. No appointment needed.

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Public Meeting on Dementia

Health and Wellness Roma L. Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: Free Medicare Counseling

Health and WellnessSubmitted by Roma L. Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

The Big Lake Public Library is hosting a counseling session on Medicare Part D plans. Tuesday November 8th, 1-3 pm at the Big Lake Public Library.

No appointment necessary, first come first served. Bring your Medicare card and any prescription info.

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The Alaska Senior Benefits Program Update

Health and Wellness

The Senior Benefits program is being funded at the same level as Fiscal Year 2016. Payment levels for the highest wage earning group will be increased from its current $47 monthly amount to $76 per month effective August 1st, 2016.

The Senior Benefits Program was established on August 1, 2007. It pays cash benefits to Alaskan seniors who are age 65 or older and have low to moderate income. Cash payments are $76, $175, or $250 each month depending on income. The income limits for each payment level are tied to the Alaska Federal Poverty Guidelines and change each year as the poverty level changes.

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Medicare Presentation at Big Lake Public Library

Health and Wellness by Roma L. Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

We’re having a presentation on Medicare, with Greta Kopperud, at the library on Tuesday, October 11, 3:30 PM.

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