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Anchorage Senior Activity Center
Gayle Cederberg: My Country Club! The Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC) and Rebecca Parker, Executive Director

As a member of the Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC), I would like everyone to know what an important organization it is for both Anchorage and Seniors. I know our neighbors at Nextdoor will enjoy reading while I take this opportunity to give accolades to Rebecca Parker, Executive Director, of ASAC (1300 E. 19th Ave) her Board, Team and Volunteers.

ASAC is funded by the MOA, Mayor Dave Bronson and the Assembly with additional funding from Medicare (they have their own office on the premises). They provide equipment to loan), various grants and donations.

The Benefits and Enrollment Center (BEC) can assist with heating, Alaska Senior Benefit, Housing and Public Assistance, Medicaid, SSDI, disability services, Veterans’ Benefits. SNAP & Other food benefits. Medicare Savings Program & Part D Extra Help (LIS). Dental assistance programs for seniors and veterans. Internet access and phone assistance programs for seniors are more than 2,500 other benefits. (Medicaid, & LIHEAP). ASAC has been most concerned about our members and even those who aren’t members!

Two years ago at the start of the Pandemic, I received a call asking if I was OK?, Did I have food and was there anything else I needed? Becky, has been doing a balancing act, using this time to upgrade our facilities with new front entry, remodel of the Arctic Rose Restaurant, restrooms, gift shop and more… They have a free Technology and lending program – AARP offers “TAX-AIDE, Free Tablet lending program – AARP, The Alaska Community Foundation, The Rasmuson Foundation and Verizon. (Some tablets can only be used at the center). Age Smart–Let’s Talk We also assist with Travel Plans, give Pedicures, by appointment and more.

I will give you an Idea of the programs available, in person, some by Zoom, or both. Two or more kinds of Fitness classes. (Some seasonal changes), A room full of equipment with lessons, guidance, and another with pictures in our newsletter with explicit directions for at home exercise.

ASAC Art Groups – Accepting art supply donations. Ole art for current members, Watercolor group and ZenArt. Board and Games. Bridge, Canasta, Cribbage & Backgammon. Pinochle, Phase 10, Racko Rummikub, Dice Games (Yahtzee…). Dominoes (Mexican Train), Hand & Foot. Craft and Quilt Room, Library, Living History Writing Group. Memoir Writing. (My favorite). You don’t have to know anything about writing. No one will try to make you into a pro. We just have fun writing and enjoy friends stories that should be shared with family and friends.

Memory Cafe. Nutrition Education Sessions with Amy Urbanus (MS, RDN, LD, & CDE), a fine Nutrition Coach. We also have the Red Hat Society. Social Hours is 2 times a month. Food, games, announcements and more! We utilize our bus for trips to the Loussac and Muldoon Library’s. We’ve also enjoyed Events and Field Trips. We have Anchor -Rides Grocery Delivery Program. I believe we have Drivers Safety and the Safe Alaskans CarFit program.

Frankly speaking I can hardly wait for our next issue of the Senior Borealis Newsletter to come out. I look to seeing the list of new members who I can meet and enjoy visiting with, and others who have rejoined. Speaking of the “Borealis” there is lots of really good information. Departments that keep us going are Benefit Enrollment Center, Catering and Rentals, Communication and Development, Finance/Administration & Membership.

If Becky Parker wasn’t such a flexible person, we wouldn’t have all that we do. You see, to me, The Anchorage Senior Activity Center is my Country Club!
Gayle Cederberg, Anchorage, AK