AARP Alaska, a weekly television program launched its third season Jan. 19, 2012 kicking off another 13 weeks of all new programs targeted at Alaska’s 50+ population.
Produced and hosted by AARP Director of Communications Ann Secrest, the program airs on public television’s 360 North channel throughout Alaska.
“In Alaska, our membership numbers are very high. Every other person who is 50 or older is an AARP member,” said Secrest. “From financial, consumer, legal, there are many issues we try and tackle in our program that a 50+ Alaskan is dealing with in their life.”
According to Secrest, programs this season range from wills and trusts, health benefits for Alaska’s veterans to today’s top ten investment frauds.
Season Three Episodes
- 301-A conversation with Robert Romasco, AARP’s incoming National President
- 302-The Dangers of Borrowing from Internet Payday Lenders guest Jan Jones, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska
- 303-The Business of Bad Debt guest Jan Jones, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska
- 304-United Way: Teaching Financial Stability guest Maureen Haggblom, United Way
- 305-Elder Fraud in Alaska guest Scott Sterling, State of Alaska, Office of Elder Fraud & Assistance
- 306-Health Benefits for Alaska’s Veterans guest Verdie Bowen, Director of Veteran’s Affairs (Alaska)
- 307-Educational Benefits and Discounts for Alaska’s Veterans guest Verdie Bowen, Director of Veteran’s Affairs (Alaska)
- 308-Planning Your Estate: It’s Not Just about Taxes guest Beth Chapman, Esq.
- 309-Gifting and FAQs Estate Attorneys Often Hear guest Beth Chapman, Esq.
- 310 -Risky Investments guest Kevin Anselm, Division of Banking and Securities, State of Alaska
- 311-Top Investment Traps guest Kevin Anselm, Division of Banking and Securities, State of Alaska
- 312-Keys to Investment Success guest Justine Whitman, Financial Advisor
- 313-Basics of Investing guest Justine Whitman, Financial Advisor
“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,” say Secrest.
One of AARP Alaska’s programs – #203 Heating Assistance – which aired in its second season received a 2011 Goldie Award from the Alaska Broadcasters Association for Service to Community.
AARP Alaska airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. statewide on public television’s 360 North, which is available to every cable TV system in Alaska.
The service is broadcast over the air in Anchorage and Juneau. It is also available to dish network and DirectTV satellite subscribers and is streamed on 360 North’s website.