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Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 08:18 PM AKDT


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Big Lake Yoga @ The Lions Rec Center

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Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 pm. at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

$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:

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

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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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Medicare presentation at Big Lake Public Library

Health and Wellnessby Roma Scougal

Hi – We’re going to have Judith Bendersky, MPH Gerontologist, Medicare Information Office, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, doing a presentation on Medicare today at 3:00 PM at The Big Lake Library

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Announcing: Senior Options at Houston Health Fair

Health and Wellnessby Sammy Taylor

Come take a load off and chat. Visit with the person who got our first big donations and coordinated their refurbishing for recycling.

Get a free shopping bag (so you don’t have to use those plastic ones that end up in the trees).

Try Sammy’s elderberry vinegar.

Take home a free door mat/rug made from recycled t-shirts.

Join us in leaving a cleaner community for our grandkids.

Of course, there are flu shots and health screening of all kinds.

There are lots of options, so stop by September 17, 8 a.m. till noon at 11975 Mid Valley Way.

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My Visit to Big Lake's Dentist, Dr. Tommy Knox

Health and Wellnessby Dennis Garrett

I'd like to share an experience I recently had with Big Lake's Dentist, Dr. “Call Me Tommy” Knox.

The dental office is located in the Eastlake Mall, and is very clean and tidy. I received an appointment reminder by text and email, and showed up early in case I had any paperwork to complete.

One thing that is readily apparent is the professionalism that Dr. Knox and his talented assistant Shannon display. They both have a calming way that calms the patient. A visit to the Dentist or any white coat professional can be stressful, and they mitigate this. Even the background music from the waiting room was calming.

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