AGING IN ALASKA
March 17 - 21, 2014, As a part of KNBA Morning News, News Director Joaqlin Estus shared a series of stories that discuss the value of Elders, the personal rewards of maturity and the opportunities and challenges of an aging Alaskan population.
This special news series was made possible through a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a project of New Media and the Gerontological Society of America.
Behavior, outdoor lifestyle put Alaskans 34th in the nation in life expectancy.
As chronic diseases take their toll on aging baby boomers, experts expect to see an increasing demand for doctors. And Alaska will need doctors interested in living in rural Alaska. One solution is to "grow our own."
"Retirement age comes a lot sooner than you think.... so save early, save over a longer period of time. It’s less hurtful that way." That's advice from a 65-year-old man who recently moved into an assisted living facility due to disability.
Macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, chicken soup, biscuits - Every culture has its comfort foods – dishes that remind us of our childhood and of home. For Alaska Native elders, comfort foods are more often dishes like smoked salmon, moose soup, or whale skin and blubber – called muktuk. But what happens when you get too old to gather those foods?
A Harvard study of adult development shows a good marriage at age 50, and the ability to play, create and form new friendships after retirement, are stronger indicators of happiness at age 80 than low cholesterol or high income. What are some other secrets to happiness in old age?