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by Donnan Runkel - 11/01/2011

The second season of AARP Alaska, a series broadcast on public television's 360 North channel, is now available on DVD.

Set to launch its third season in January, the public affairs program is produced by the AARP state office. Ann Secrest, AARP Alaska director of communications and a former TV news anchor, hosts the 30-minute show and interviews experts on such topics as Social Security, financial planning, the aging workforce, Medicare, long-term care, scams and dementia. Viewers throughout Alaska can tune in over the air and via every cable and satellite provider.

To request free DVDs to catch up on past programs, call 1-866-227-7447 toll-free or email

Legacy Fund

by Donnan Runkel - 10/01/2011

Scholarships for students studying gerontology at the University of Alaska will soon be available, thanks to a project begun three years ago.

In 2008, every AARP state office received funding to celebrate AARP's 50th birthday. The Alaska state office used its allocation as seed money for a scholarship fund. The fund has grown through donations from AARP members and in June reached the $25,000 threshold necessary to endow a scholarship.

"The more money we raise, the more scholarships we'll award," says Ann Secrest, spokeswoman for AARP Alaska. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the AARP Alaska Gerontology Scholarship (fund number 20405), write to University of Alaska Foundation, P.O. Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775, call 907-450-8030, or email