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Bethel the Kodiak bear one of the oldest

I’m not sure what human decade she is. I noticed in the video that she has teeth. Too bad she only gets salmon once a year, but the Kuskokwim River is rather far away (and at the opposite time of year).

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Not grizzly at all… Bethel the kodiak bear lounges in her enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. (ABC news)

Australia’s oldest bear has celebrated its 32nd birthday.

Bethel the kodiak [sic] bear also has the distinction of being one of the oldest of its species in the world.

It’s become a birthday ritual that never fails to delight the grand old dame of Taronga Zoo.

“She was bashing at the door as soon as she could smell that salmon coming in,” said zookeeper Deb Olsen.

“She knows that it’s a special day when she sees the big salmon there.”

I noticed while reading up on Bethel’s birthday bash that the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has a tag or category for news feeds called aged-care. Click on the ink below to add it to your news reader.


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    Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Inc.

    Their mission is to provide support services to those people 60 and over on Kodiak Island so that they might live longer with independence, honor and dignity.
    website home.gci.net/~kodiakseniorcenter/

    Another resource for in-situ eldercare

    I ran across this link from the state’s health and human services department. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about it. The parent website isn’t helpful. It sounds like a health payment manager of some sort; sort of a personal Medicaid manager, maybe, authorized under contract to the state. It would certainly be a useful role for families or individuals looking for individual home health care. It doesn’t sound like it is an employer. It might be useful if a family member wishes to become a caregiver and receive Medicaid or insurance coverage for that service. I know there are other programs to train family members as caregivers (can’t remember the specific programs, sorry. However, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. once had training for personal care attendants, PCA)

    The company homepage is almost no help.

    “CDPC performs fiscal intermediary functions for the Consumer, including processing time sheets, billing Medicaid, and caregiver payroll. CDPC provides training for the Consumer and resources for caregiver training and also assists the Consumer in maintaining program compliance.”

    The Arizona program description is a bit more helpful–

    “What is Consumer-Directed Personal Care?
    Consumer-Directed Care is available to individuals who need attendant care services in their home. Self-Directed care puts you in control, allowing you to arrange and direct your own services. You select, train and manage your caregiver who may be a trusted friend, neighbor or relative. Individuals must be capable of directing their own services or arranging for a representative to act on their behalf.”

    Contact info for the Alaska program is http://www.consumerdirectonline.net/alaska/ Anyone have any experience with this group?

    Invited by the state in 2001 to help develop the Consumer Directed Personal Care Services Program, we are proud to be part of communities across the state of Alaska by supporting and promoting self-directed personal care services. The program is specifically intended to allow individuals with health care needs to remain in their homes and communities avoiding placement in an institution. This program is designed for individuals who are capable of directing their own personal care services or appointing a Personal Representative to act on their behalf.

    Alaska program requirements include:
    * Eligibility for Alaska Medicaid
    * The need for assistance with activities of daily
    living such as:
    – medication reminders – transfers
    – bathing & hygiene – dressing & grooming
    – ambulation – eating
    – toileting, bowel & bladder care
    * Authorization by a health care professional that assistance is necessary
    * Completion of an assessment for placement in the program
    * There is no age requirement in the state of Alaska

    Contact a program coordinator at:
    Anchorage
    The Emerald Building
    615 East 82nd Ave, Suite 101
    Anchorage, AK 99518
    Phone: (907) 222-2652
    Toll free: 1- 888 – 966-8777
    Fax: (907) 677-8777
    infoAK AT ConsumerDirectOnline DOT net

    Wasilla
    Kenai
    Kodiak


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    Search for MIA at Attu

    re: the Aleutians War, —

    According to Charlie King (see photos), the dead were so numerous that the bulldozers used for the Al-Can were used to push the bodies into mass graves, disturbing to everyone.

    revised The story from APRN.org focusses on the search for purposes of cremation and immediate re-burial in situ rather than identification of individuals. Search for Japanese remains on Attu resumes

    U.S. and Japan search for WW II Japanese MIAs in Alaska. A team of three Japanese and 11 Americans departed Kodiak this morning aboard a C-130 bound for the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Attu. There, they’ll search burial sites for the bodies of soldiers still missing from a 1943 World War II battle there, according to the Department of Defense.

    In June 1942, a unit of the Japanese Army occupied Attu, capturing and imprisoning many of its inhabitants. In May 1943, American forces began to recapture the island in fierce hand-to-hand battles. Casualties were estimated at 540 Americans and 2,300 Japanese.

    The Japanese government assisted an American group’s 2007 visit to Iwo Jima in a similar search for missing American MIAs.

    ***”
    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/newsreader/story/404583.html


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    2008 free tax help for some in Alaska

    Free Tax Help – 2008 Tax-Aide and VITA sites. The VITA program is a federal grant that rural senior programs can apply for.

    This program is designed to prepare basic tax returns for most low and middle income taxpayers, with an emphasis on senior citizens and disabled taxpayers. Sites are staffed by volunteers trained by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns. E-file means it’s fast, accurate AND it’s absolutely FREE. Volunteers receive training on the Earned Income Credit and other personal tax credits. If your income is below $39,783 you MAY qualify for an Earned Income Credit, up to $4,716.

    *** You must file a 2007 tax return to receive the Economic Stimulus Payments. To be eligible for this payment, you must have a tax liability, or at least $3000 of earned income, Social Security benefits, or certain VA benefits. If you had at $3,000 of qualifying income, you should file a tax return even if you are not required.

    AARP TaxAide sites may offer priority service to taxpayers age 60 and older.

    As all locations are staffed by volunteers using donated space, these dates and times may change. To get the most current information, please call the Alaska 211 referral line by dialing 2-1-1, or 1-800- 478-2221. [try this and see if it works. There were problems last week or so– the software couldn’t figure out rural Alaska zip codes.]

    NO COST ELECTRONIC FILING AVAILABLE

    WHAT TO BRING
    Social security cards or current record of SSN’s for you, spouse and all dependents.
    Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) from each employer.
    All income information (such as Forms 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 and 1099R).
    Record of VA benefits received
    Property tax and mortgage interest statements.
    List of your medical, interest, contributions, and miscellaneous expenses (to itemize your deductions).
    Copies of last year’s tax return (helps volunteer prepare this year’s return).
    Child care payment information and name, address and SSN/EIN of your child care provider.

    The rest of the document is written in a way to make it difficult to re-post so I’ll only list the names of places. Contact them for hours and dates.

    • Anchorage Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • Northeast Anchorage Tax-Aide
    • First Free Methodist, Anchorage
    • Spenard Rec Center
    • Crosspoint Church Tax-Aide, Anchorage
    • University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Palmer Senior Center
    • Mid-Valley Senior Center
    • Wasilla Senior Center
    • Upper Susitna Senior Housing
    • Glacier View Bible Church
    • Willow Senior Housing
    • Fairbanks Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • North Pole Library Tax-Aide
    • University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Noel Wien Library Tax-Aide
    • North Pole Senior Center Tax-Aide
    • Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc.
    • Homer Senior Center
    • Seward Senior Center
    • AVTEC Library (Seward)
    • Soldotna Tax-Aide Site
    • University of Alaska, SE
    • Swan Lake Senior Center
    • United Methodist Church, Sitka
    • Tongass Credit Union
    • Rendesvous Senior Center
    • Ketchikan Parks & Rec Center
    • Metlakatla Tongass Credit Union
    • Craig City Youth Center
    • Juneau Mendenhall Library
    • Wrangell Senior Center
    • Kodiak College
    • Valdez Tax-Aide
    • Kodiak Senior Citizen Fair

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