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  • Alaska Submits Resolutions to White House Conference on Aging, 2005
  • Alaska Commission on Aging Selects New Executive Director:
    Denise Daniello of Fairbanks has been chosen as the new executive director of the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACOA). Daniello formerly served as program manager for the Alaska Geriatric Education Center, Northern Region. She has also held positions as executive director for the North Star Council on Aging Senior Center and associate director of Fairbanks Neighborhood Housing Services. A native of Chicago, she has lived in Fairbanks for 30 years. She holds an M.A. degree in anthropology.
    “Denise Daniello’s skills in management, communications, program development and building community partnerships will help facilitate the Commission’s goals,” said Frank Appel, chair of the Alaska Commission on Aging. “She will be a great asset in accomplishing our goals for advocacy, planning, and educating the public on the issues facing our senior population.”
    “I am very honored to have been selected for this position,” said Daniello. “I look forward to working with the Commission and communities around the state to develop the state plan for senior services and to advocate for programs and services that promote dignity, independence, and a meaningful quality of life for older Alaskans. I plan to continue the work initiated by Linda Gohl to develop a statewide strategic plan for long-term care.”
    Linda Gohl, the ACOA’s former executive director, retires on July 31st. Daniello and her family own the Original Alaska Birch Syrup Company and Alaska Wilderness Gourmet. With their two daughters in college, Daniello and her husband Jeff Weltzin will move to Juneau. She expects to begin the position at ACOA sometime in August.
  • Older Americans Month Awareness Campaign: The Alaska Commission on Aging implemented during May, 2006 an advertising campaign throughout Alaska's newspapers to raise awareness and to honor Older Alaskans in conjunction with the national campaign to recognize and celebrate May as Older American's Month. Please contact your local senior or commuity center to see what events were planned for your area.
    Are you interested in serving on the Alaska Commission on Aging? Seats on the Commission become vacant from time to time, and are filled by the Governor. Check this Web site for vacancies. To learn how to apply for a state board, commission or council, visit Governor Palin's Boards and Commissions Website .
  • Dreyer Named Long-Term Care Ombudsman: In early May 2005 the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority hired Robert (Bob) Dreyer, as Alaska's Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The ACoA looks forward to working with Mr. Dreyer and his staff to build a stronger advocacy coalition on behalf of older Alaskans and their family caregivers. To contact Mr. Dreyer or for more information:


    Telephone:(907) 334-4480
    Toll Free: (800) 730-6393
    Fax: (907) 334-4486
    Website: www.akolltco.org
    Located in the Atwood Building
    550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1830
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Senior Survey Results Available: Results of the Alaska Commission on Aging’s 2005 survey of senior concerns, conducted in conjunction with preparations for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, are now available. The survey was widely distributed and we received a large number of responses. However, survey respondents did not represent a random sample; therefore the results cannot be interpreted as a statistical reflection of all Alaska seniors. Nevertheless, we believe the results are significant in illustrating the concerns and experiences of many older Alaskans.


    Any questions about survey results or their interpretation should be sent to
    maryann.vandecastle@alaska.gov .
  • Online presentation of survey results
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