aging in Alaska

It's taken years of research, experimentation, testing and innovation, but a low maintenance, easy-to-operate wind turbine project is already showing promise of cutting energy costs by as much as 90%.

With the king salmon run due to begin in weeks, tribes on the Kuskokwim River are discussing strategies to keep food on the table without breaking the law.

Muktuk, fish eggs, caribou, moose, fish oil, seaweed and other traditional foods shared with friends and family are key to longevity say Native elders.

Research shows a good marriage at age 50 is a better indicator of happiness at age 80 than low cholesterol. And learning to play, create, and form new friendships after retirement is more important than a high income. What are some other secrets to happiness in old age?

A shortage of primary care doctors looms just as baby boomers are about to get sick.

Joaqlin Estus

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.

Ahtna, the Native for-profit corporation for Eastern Interior Alaska, asks Congress to approve its proposal to co-manage fish and game on its lands, saying Natives can't compete with people who travel to the region by road to hunt.

The first in a series on Aging in Alaska, demographers outline the coming population boom of Alaskans age 65 and up.