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New Television Series “AARP Alaska” airs on 360 North

13-part series launches February 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE, AK – Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska State Director announces the launch of a 13-part program “AARP Alaska” on public television’s 360 North Channel, which airs on broadcast, cable and satellite television statewide and is streamed live on the Internet.


The program is the first television program produced by AARP Alaska that highlights issues of interest to Alaskans age 50+. The show, hosted by Ann Secrest, will be broadcast starting February 25, 2010 at 9 p.m., with a rebroadcast of same program the following weekend.

The program aspires to inform viewers on a variety of topics, including:

Subject

Expert or Organization

Financial Education, Investment Risk and How to Plan for a Financially Secure Retirement (3 programs)

Certified Financial Planners

Caregiving

Social Workers

Utilities

Regulatory Commission of Alaska

Preventing Identity Theft

Better Business Bureau

Aging in Place: Home Modifications for a Lifetime

Southeast Alaska Independent Living

The Changing Landscape of Money and Credit (The impact of the CARD Act of 2009)

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska

Foreclosure Prevention Options and All About Reverse Mortgages (2 programs)

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska

Health: The Importance of Preventive Care

Physician

Emotional Wellbeing As We Age

Counselors

Hospice/End of Life

Hospice Administrator

The Importance of Estate Planning

Attorney

Wise Use of Medications

Pharmacists

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Weatherization and Energy Rebate Program Q&A

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

“Our goal is to bring information to not only our 97,000 members in Alaska, but to all Alaskans,” said Secrest. “AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. By bringing experts to the table on a variety of topics of interest as well as resource information, we hope the program is not only informative but it enhances lives.”

Each program is 30 minutes in length.

AARP's extensive research shows that older and middle-aged Americans share clear concerns about their futures:

  • People want to live as independently as they can for as long as they can;

  • They want active, purposeful lives as they grow older;

  • They want to provide a better life for their children and grandchildren, not be a burden to them;

  • They want the security, choices and control to help them fashion the best life possible for themselves and their families; and

  • They want the country to be a better place than they found it.

Meeting these needs and desires forms the foundation of AARP's agenda for social change.

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