Publication aims to give all seniors an advocate

Welcome to the third issue of Arkansas Aging, a publication devoted to the state’s senior population and those who care for them as family and those who serve them as professionals and support staff. [Full Text]

Help older people beat the heat

It’s summer in central Arkansas, and very hot weather is here. The National Institute on Aging says most victims of heat-related illnesses are over 50 years old, and CareLink has some helpful advice. [Full Text]

At 80, still roofing and tough as nails

Tough as nails best describes 80-year-old veteran roofer Richard Moore. [Full Text]

Living with a positive attitude

At the White River Senior Complex in Elkins there are many women and men whose life stories and creativity provide inspiration for everyone and show us time and again that one person can make a difference. One such man is Lawrence D. Watson. [Full Text]

Agency hosts Senior Health Expo

Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas hosted a Senior Expo at the Hot Springs Convention Center on May 18. [Full Text]

Komen for the Cure Arkansas affiliate awards grants to CARTI totaling more than $48,000

Two grants totaling more than $48,000 have been awarded to CARTI by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate to fund programs and services related to two projects designed to benefit CARTI breast cancer patients throughout Arkansas. [Full Text]

Which way do your want your Medicare coverage?

Every day, another 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. Most know they’ll be qualifying for Medicare, but many don’t realize they’ll have two ways to get their new health care coverage. [Full Text]

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July 2012 - Volume 1 - Number 3

With temperatures regularly reaching triple digits this summer, seniors should take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.

Soaring temperatures signal danger

With summer temperatures topping the 100 degree mark and the high humidity here in Arkansas, it’s very important for senior citizens and their caregivers to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and take the necessary precautions. Heat stress, the strain that is placed on the heart and blood vessels when the body attempts to maintain its normal temperature in hot weather, can be fatal and accounts for more than 200 deaths in the elderly annually in the United States. This is especially true for those elderly with chronic health problems, such as heart conditions, respiratory diseases, circulatory diseases, and depression. Additionally, due to the decreased thirst awareness that accompanies aging, the elderly tend to live in a constant state of dehydration which predisposes them to heatrelated illness and hyperthermia (dangerously high body temperature). [Full Text]

ADH warns of heat-related illness, urges water conservation in drought

Hot temperatures and high humidity are a dangerous mix that contribute to illness and death each year, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Seventeen Arkansans died due to heat-related illness in 2011. On average, there are 400 heatrelated deaths a year in the U.S. While the elderly, people with health problems, and very young children are the most vulnerable, heat can affect anyone — even strong, healthy athletes can be stricken. Our bodies are cooled primarily by losing heat through the skin and perspiration with evaporation. When core body heat gain exceeds the amount we can get rid of, the body’s natural defense fails and heat-related illness may develop. The following heat disorders are progressive and should be attended to immediately: [Full Text]

Educating public about ombudsman program

White River Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman Program is working to educate the public about the Ombudsman Program. ‘Senior Citizens’ are the main focus of White River Area Agency on Aging and each division strives to provide the best care possible for all seniors. Some of the services offered at WRAAA consist of: care management, in-home services (personal care, homemaker and respite care), personal emergency response systems, HUD subsidized housing, information and assistance, ombudsman program and other contracted services which include congregate meals, homedelivered meals, socialization and local transportation. [Full Text]

Initiative receives $7.9M to expand caregiver training programs in state

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Aging Initiative in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $7.9 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to provide new opportunities for the elderly to stay in their homes. [Full Text]

One million people go online to access their Social Security statements

Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue recently reported that in less than two months, one million people have gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement. [Full Text]

Avoid the grill and beat the heat

Summertime is the time for grilling, but in these triple-digit days it’s best to avoid being outside in the hot sun working a hot grill. The better alternative is to stay indoors, or at least under a patio roof, eating a cold, crisp salad. [Full Text]

Ozark Folk Center classes pick up where YouTube leaves off

Mountain View, Ark. -- The DIY crowd continues to gain momentum with everything from television shows to Pinterest and YouTube available as resources and inspiration for their projects. But sometimes do-it-yourself knowledge can’t be gleaned from the Web alone. That’s where Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View comes into play. [Full Text]

Alzheimer’s support groups offer help

Alzheimer’s Arkansas has an affiliated caregiver support group which holds monthly meetings in Jacksonville and in many locations throughout the state. [Full Text]


Senior Olympic games to be held Sept. 16-23

The Arkansas Senior Olympics are held annually in Hot Springs with more than 1,300 seniors participating over all in the Arkansas Senior Sports Organization programs. The organization is a nonprofit supported by contributions and sponsorships. [Full Text]

Area Agency on Aging will host fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s

Region VIII Area Agency on Aging will host the 2nd Annual Friends of Project Compassion Dinner at 6 p.m. July 24 at the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center at 2700 Cavanaugh Road. [Full Text]