Conway center acquires new designation

The Conway Senior Center is the latest to receive the official designation as a senior wellness and activity center. [Full Text]

Addressing caregiver needs

The Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas (Region VI) hosted a Caregivers’ Seminar in October at Hot Springs Baptist Church. [Full Text]

Talking seriously about independence

Aging parents often want to hold on to their independence, but adult children may see that their loved ones need assistance. [Full Text]

History comes alive

Start a conversation with Estelle Marney of the Billy V. Hall Senior Complex in Gravette and before you know it… history comes alive. Born in Oklahoma, Estelle moved to Hot Springs in 1934. [Full Text]

Navigating Medicare

Those approaching 65 often have a lot of questions about Medicare, how to sign up and how to choose the plan that best fits. [Full Text]

Read the fine print when entering contests

Those sweepstakes and contests at fairs and festivals this fall may promise big prizes, but a few could lead to bigger headaches. [Full Text]

Grandparents scam tugs at heartstrings of elderly targets

In what initially appears to be a tug at the heartstrings of lov- ing family members, con artists are ramping up efforts to get at the pursestrings of Arkansas consumers in a ploy commonly known as the “grandparents scam.” [Full Text]

Museum honors greatest generation

Samuel Marvin Henderson of Humphrey tells us the National World War II Museum in New Orleans has an expansion underway called the Greatest Generation in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion. [Full Text]

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October 2012 - Volume 1 - Number 6

Star City Mayor Gene Yarbrough, 73, is active in many civic organizations at home and in Arkansas. He worries today’s seniors can be afflicted by apathy and encourages them to be active, both physically and socially. Mayor Stewart Nelson, of Morrilton has played Santa Claus each Christmas for the past 24 years. He encourages seniors to join their local senior centers and to take advantage of services offered by the Area Agencies on Aging.

Seniors take active roles in cities

Be active. This was a common sentiment mentioned by several mature mayors around Arkansas. Whether it is taking an active role in city government, clubs and organizations or even as elemental as being active in your own life, these gentlemen stress the importance of leading a fulfilling life. [Full Text]

In this issue

This month’s Arkansas Aging offers a couple of features on old-timers who have some timely things to share, from reminiscences about the good old days and the not so good old days from Robert G. Hall, a Jacksonville resident who originally hailed from Michigan. To say he’s seen it all might be an understatement but his reflections are enlightening and entertaining. [Full Text]

Recollections of growing up during the Great Depression

The Depression struck in October 1929, just three months after my father’s death in July of that year. I was 10 years old at the time. My brother Kenneth was 13 years old and Carlton was 14 years old. This meant my mother was left with three young children to provide for in the middle of the Depression. [Full Text]

Make appointment for your free Medicare Drug Plan review

Central Arkansas Medicare recipients can call CareLink Information and Assistance at 501-372-5300 or 800-482-6359 to make an appointment for a free Medicare Drug Plan review during the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Oct. 15-Dec. 7. [Full Text]

North Little Rock Center good place to meet

I rarely recommend things. I’m more of a social critic. But I’d like to offer a limited recommendation for single and divorced singles looking to meet people or just wanting to have a place to work out, swim or have fun: Join a Senior Center. [Full Text]

World series event held at Harrison

Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas hosted a Beanbag Baseball World Series in Harrison on September 28. [Full Text]

Plantar fasciitis, palliative care questions answered

Q: I think I may have plantar fasciitis. What are the symptoms and what can I do about it? [Full Text]

Veteran recalls bombing raids

Army Air Forces First Lt. Therl Harber flew 30 bombing mission over France and Germany during World War II and doesn’t hesitate to talk about his favorite mission. [Full Text]

Challenges of cooking for two

Whether we are getting older, more mature, seeing the silver lining, topping the apex or heading downhill most of us have experienced empty-nest syndrome. [Full Text]

Texarkana seniors have options

SWADC Miller County Senior Adult Center of the Southwest Arkansas Development Center in Texarkana offers bingo, domino games, puzzles, and Wii games providing recreation and fellowship to seniors in the two Texarkana senior centers. [Full Text]


Baptist Health to host grief conference

Grief often lingers close to the surface for anyone who has suffered a loss, but those who may think they’ve dealt with their grief are often surprised when they’re hit by a tsunami of sorrow as major holidays approach. [Full Text]

Beans and cornbread dinner set for Oct. 24

The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center on Victory Circle will sponsor a beans and cornbread lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tickets for the event are $6 and may be purchased at the center before or on the day of the event. The public is invited to attend. [Full Text]