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Group meets to quilt Wednesdays in Beebe
By sarah campbell Arkansas Aging staff writer

“I would have never known some of these ladies that are as close to me, spiritually, as real blood sisters,” Suzanne Hill said of the Frayed Knot Quilters. They meet every Wednesday at The Shepherd’s Center of Beebe. [Full Text]

Agency new hire has experience with in-home, hospital care

Kimberly Scarbrough Allen, RN, is joining East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging as its newest nurse serving the elderly, disabled and veterans in Cross County. [Full Text]

New volunteer program developer named

Patricia Ellington has been named volunteer program developer for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging.
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Help for those struggling with diabetes

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes. Of that number, 8.1 million cases were undiagnosed, according to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report. [Full Text]

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September 2015 - Volume 4 - Number 3

Senior Olympics underway in Hot Springs
Jon Benedict successfully completes a high jump attempt at the 2014 Arkansas Senior Olympics in Hot Springs. This year’s games, with more than 82 events for Arkansans age 45 to 100-plus, run through Sept. 20. Hundreds of seniors will be participating. Winners can move on to the national games. The national games are every two years, and the next one will be in Birmingham, Ala., in 2017. [Full Text]

Husband, wife cook to win
By rick kron Arkansas Aging staff writer

If you can’t keep up with the Joneses, then you don’t know steak. The Joneses – Becky and Danny from Magnolia – have been competing in steak cook-offs around the state for more than 20 years. The couple was crowned the 2009 Steak Champions at the Magnolia Blossom Festival, the premier steak-off event in Arkansas. Both are looking forward to participating in the World Steak Cook-Off in Fort Worth in October. The couple was in Fort Smith recently for the inaugural Mid-South Steak Off. They competed there separately, although they shared the same tent and many of the accessories. [Full Text]

Food pantries aid those 60 and older

Senior center food pantries are located in each Senior center in our 12-county area. The food pantries are open to individuals age 60 years and over. The goal of the food pantries is to help alleviate senior hunger by providing a supplemental food source. Funding for this resource was made available through the Walmart Foundation and the Food Bank of NE Arkansas. [Full Text]

World War I and North Little Rock
By glen schwarz Special to Arkansas Aging

They’re all gone now, the soldiers of the First World War. The last American veteran of that conflict passed away at 110 years old in February of 2011. In fact, it takes a senior citizen to even remember individuals from the generation in which service in the “Great War” was a common denominator. [Full Text]

Garlic: It’s not just to stave off vampires
By Rick Kron Food editor

There’s more to garlic than being a necessary necklace to ward off vampires. In folk medicine, garlic has been said to cure just about everything from the common cold and flu to acne and the plague. Some of the old stories of garlic’s healing properties are probably stretching the truth like we used to stretch Stretch Armstrong, but many of its claimed health benefits have been backed up by modern scientific research. [Full Text]

Senior softball league looking to expand
By judd echols Special to Arkansas Aging

A senior softball league in north central and northeast Arkansas is looking to expand their competition. Currently, there are three teams; Spring River, Trumann and Jonesboro. Not only do they consistently play tournaments against each other, they are also now actively recruiting other towns and counties to form teams of their own to join the league. [Full Text]

Senior’s Day at fair set for Sept. 17

Unity Health is sponsoring Senior’s Day at the White County Fair. This year’s Senior’s Day at the fair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the White County Fairgrounds Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon. [Full Text]