This is a complete list of where to find Alaska senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
Alaska has a small overall population. Only 731,545 people live in the state, making it the third smallest by population overall. Alaskans trend younger, with a median age of 34 compared to the national median age of 38.2.
Of the senior citizen population in Alaska, 13% report being in frequent physical distress but 7% also avoided care because of concerns about the cost of healthcare. Though there are just 21.8 geriatric providers per 100,000 senior citizens in Alaska – a total of about 20 geriatric providers in the entire state – 82.9% of senior citizens do have a dedicated healthcare provider. Over 100,000 Alaskans are enrolled in Medicare.
Though the poverty rate for senior citizens over the age of 65 is 6.9%, the rate of food insecurity for people over 60 is 14.5%.
If you are a senior citizen living in Alaska, there are resources available to help you.
Alaska has four area agencies on aging (AAA) throughout the state, along with several state government programs and other non-profit and private groups. We have listed links to many of these helpful programs and organizations below.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- Kenai Peninsula IL Center – serving the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and Kodiak Island
- Southeast Alaska Independent Living – serving Southeast Alaska
- Access AK Anchorage – serving the Anchorage and Fairbanks area
- Arctic Access – Kotzebue
- Southeast Senior Services – serving Southeast Alaska
- Alaska Commission on Aging
- Attorney General’s Office
- Elder Fraud Assistance Education – Office of Public Advocacy
- Heating Assistance Program
- Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training – senior employment program
- Medicaid Office
- Senior Benefits – public assistance
- Senior and Disability Services
State Associations and Non-Profits
- AARP of Alaska
- Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska
- Geriatric Education Center – University of Alaska
- Law Help
- Legal Services – for low-income residents
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
- Senior Voice – serving older Alaskans and their families