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Free health law discussions offered in Angoon


ANGOON — The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is partnering with the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) and the Angoon Senior Center to offer a pair of free health law discussions after lunch on Feb. 7 and 8, at the Angoon Senior Center.

Karen Godnick, a staff attorney with ALSC, will give a presentation on Tuesday about how to create a will, designate power of attorney, and complete an advanced health care directive. This event gives participants hands-on experience creating these valuable legal documents. These documents let people know your intentions if you should ever be incapacitated by a major health issue. They let people know if you want to be on life support, who should handle your finances, even who should take care of your kids if you can’t do it yourself. Private sessions with Godnick are available.

On Wednesday, Godnick will discuss Medicare, Medicaid and other senior benefits. She will answer questions about how to sign up for the benefits, how they can help seniors and what their differences are. Private sessions with Godnick are available.

For more information about the presentations, contact SEARHC Angoon Elder Care Resource Coordinator Dan Johnson at 788-4637 or contact SEARHC Kake/Angoon Elder Care Nurse Case Manager Auriella Hughes, RN, at 966-8934 in Sitka. Johnson can schedule people for private one-on-one sessions with Karen Godnick and can provide will questionnaire worksheets before Tuesday’s meeting. Van rides home will be provided to elders attending the presentations, and refreshments will be served.


Daffodil Days

Wanda Fleming would like to remind Juneau that the time has come to bring sunshine to Juneau through Daffodil Days.

Pre-sales for the annual Daffodil Days, a fundraiser event for the American Cancer

Society, will be open Jan. 30 through Feb. 10.

The Daffodils will cost $10.00 per bundle with a required minimum order of 10 bundles for delivery, though smaller orders may be placed for pick-up.

Pre-sale volunteers will be contacting customers for orders during the pre-sale period. The daffodils will be delivered on March 14. Daffodil orders of less than 10 bundles that have been pre-ordered

can be picked up in the Nugget Mall lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Goldbelt Building from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 14.

Fleming recommends the pre-order option as only a limited amount of daffodils are ordered and available for sales beyond those that have been pre-ordered. For those who do not pre-order and choose to purchase daffodils on March 14, they will be available for sale only that day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alaskan & Proud Supermarket, the Nugget Mall or Goldbelt building.

With questions or to pre-order daffodils, contact Wanda Fleming no later than Feb 10 at 364-3617 or 209-0889, or by e-mail at


Heart healthy advice – well worth repeating

The Hearing Center suggests, “if you find yourself asking people to repeat day-to-day conversation or find you are missing out in work or social situations, you may be surprised to learn that heart health can influence hearing health as well.”

Ken Klepinger, BC-HIS of The Hearing Center says a study published in the American Journal of Audiology found the negative influence of impaired cardiovascular health on both the peripheral and central auditory system has the potential to affect an individual’s capacity to hear.

“The same study found that a healthy cardiovascular system — a person’s heart, arteries and veins — can have a positive effect on hearing,” says Klepinger.“This gives us even more incentive to take steps to improve our heart and hearing health during February, National Heart Month.”

Any healthy heart plan begins with a check of risk factors for heart disease including blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar. A hearing check should also be part of regular physical exams.

If it is suspected that hearing loss may be affecting day-to-day activities, Klepinger recommends a more thorough hearing evaluation. He reports that in a single office visit, he can typically evaluate hearing health and if there is a need, work with the patient to select and trial a hearing solution.

To increase awareness of the link between heart and hearing health, The Hearing Center is participating in “At the Heart of It ­­— We Put People First,” a national campaign sponsored by Oticon, Inc.

During February and March, a portion of the proceeds from every Intiga hearing device fitted by The Hearing Center will be donated to the American Heart Association to support life-saving research.

“Intiga is a small, discreet hearing instrument designed specifically for people who have never worn hearing aids,” he explains. “In clinical studies, Intiga has been shown to provide immediate benefits and motivate immediate acceptance.”

With the advanced technology packaged in its small, ergonomic design, Intiga improves speech understanding, even in noisy situations such as restaurants and professional or social gatherings. The fully automatic technology also means there are no buttons to adjust. Intiga hides easily behind the ear and is comfortable to wear throughout the day.

For added quality of life benefits, wireless connectivity allows Intiga to connect wirelessly to cell phones, becoming a virtual hands-free headset. With addition of the Oticon ConnectLine system, audio from televisions and landline phones can be streamed directly to the hearing instruments.

“For people new to amplification, the time has never been more right to consider taking the first steps toward better hearing,” Klepinger adds.

For more information of hearing health and the new Oticon Intiga and ConnectLine system, contact The Hearing Center at 1-800-770-2359 or online at For more information on heart health, visit


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