On line tool keeps track of quality of care

A new tool was recently created by ProPublica to review the quality of care at nursing homes across the country. [Full Text]

Christmas memories

When I was young, my mother spent all day on Dec. 23 baking cakes and pies. The aroma of mincemeat, coconut and chocolate filled the house and when she was finished the table in the dining room was filled with her creations. [Full Text]

Thanksgiving theater at Eagle Mountain

Residents at Eagle Mountain Assisted Living in Batesville enjoyed dressing up and performing as Pilgrims and Indians in their annual Thanksgiving play. [Full Text]

Ombudsman can visit you

Arkansas’ ombudsman program assures that long-term care facility residents can live their lives harmoniously and with dignity, feeling free to voice complaints without reprisal. [Full Text]

Representative announces mobile office hours

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today announced members of his staff will host a series of mobile office hours throughout the month of December: “This is part of my continued effort to keep my office accessible to constituents. [Full Text]

Center renamed in honor of sergeant

The Bradshaw Senior Center overwhelmingly voted recently to rename the senior center to the Sgt. Michael J. Strachota Senior Center, in recognition of his valiant service and sacrifice to our country. [Full Text]

Responsible holiday eating

‘Tis the season to gain weight and eat more chocolate and other decadent treats than we should. [Full Text]

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December 2012 - Volume 1 - Number 8

Lonoke County native Charlie Flynt served on the USS Ramsay which was stationed at Pearl Habor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The Ramsay survived the attack and went on patrol each day looking for enemy submarines.

Pearl Harbor horrors recalled

Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 7:55 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941. The assault against the United States lasted about an hour and a halfand came in two different raids, destroying 350 aircraft and eight battleships. [Full Text]

Medicaid expansion explained

Expanding health insurance so that it covers nearly everyone in Arkansas and not just the aged, the disabled and poor children who are insured by the system crafted 50 years ago by Rep. Wilbur D. Mills of Kensett is nearing reality. [Full Text]

Benton County Senior Activity Center designated wellness center

The Benton County Senior Activity Center in Bentonville received recognition from the Division of Aging and Adult Services for meeting the criteria to become a wellness center. Beverly Dunlap, program coordinator with DAAS, made the wellness presentation Nov. 1 to the newly renamed Benton County Senior Activity and Wellness Center. [Full Text]

Understanding depression

Feeling down from time to time normal. But when emptiness and despair take a hold and won’t go away, it may be depression. The holidays are happy times for some and for others not so happy. It may trigger memories of loved ones that are no longer here, the stress of large family gatherings, or the worry of extra cost. The lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life. We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks and disappointments. [Full Text]

Dollmaker’s magical creations

DeRue Johnson of Jacksonville will be selling her whimsical dolls at the Arkansas Craft Guild’s 34th annual Christmas Showcase Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-9, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. [Full Text]

Key volunteers recognized

BENTONVILLE — Outstanding volunteers from Horseshoe Bend, Harrison, Paragould, Jonesboro, Bella Vista, Little Rock and Jacksonville were among the nomi- nees for AARP Arkansas’ 2012 Andrus State Award for Community Service. [Full Text]

Home Instead grant buys kitchen equipment

Home Instead Senior Care Foundation awarded an $11,000 grant to the Faulkner County Council on Aging. Part of the grant will purchase a set of double-deck convection gas ovens for meals prepared for Conway and Mayflower seniors. [Full Text]

Case manager horseshoes’ pitching champ

Wendy Reynolds spent countless hours as a youngster playing horseshoes with her father and brothers in the backyard, at family barbecues and other community functions. Today she and her brother Lloyd are taking things a little further. [Full Text]

Social Security offices have new hours

Arkansas Social Security offices are now open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. [Full Text]


AARP Arkansas hosts documentary in Little Rock Dec. 8

The Olympic spirit is coming to Little Rock on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the premiere of the award-winning documentary “Age of Champions.” The AARP-sponsored event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m. with the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive in Little Rock. For free tickets, call 1-877-926-8300. [Full Text]

Free program offered by Wellness Works in Jonesboro

Jonesboro — Wellness Works is now accepting referrals for the next session beginning Friday, Jan. 11. [Full Text]

Memory screening held

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging in partnership with St. Bernard’s Senior Health Clinic held a memory screening event at the Agency in November. Over 30 persons participated in this screening event. [Full Text]

Silver Alert issued

A Silver Alert was issued Dec. 1 for Mary F. Thompson, 73, who disappeared at approximately 2:45 p.m. after leaving Positive Images Barber Shop at 3316 Mabelvale Pike in Little Rock to walk her small white dog. [Full Text]