Avoid scams after the storm

LITTLE ROCK – Dreams of a white Christmas have turned into post-Christmas nightmares for some Arkansas homeowners who sustained property damage or had downed trees as a result of the Christmas Day winter storm. [Full Text]

State needs Medicaid expansion

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. [Full Text]

Personal-care assistants finish training

More than 600 staff from the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas have completed their yearly Personal Care Assistants training. [Full Text]

Social Security expands disabilities list

Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, recently announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200. [Full Text]

CADC will take applications for LIHEAP

Central Arkansas Development Council has begun taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [Full Text]

Home and garden show Feb. 9

PINE BLUFF – Arkansas’ first lady, Ginger Beebe, will be helping celebrate the silver anniversary of the Home and Garden Seminar and Show on Feb. 9 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. [Full Text]

Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security are vital programs

As a CNA, I am writing to urge you to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Direct care jobs are among the fastest growing jobs, but they are also among the most dangerous and worst paying. [Full Text]

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January 2013 - Volume 1 - Number 9

Though the recent snowstorm may have been beautiful at times, seniors should take precautions to stay safe, warm and healthy.

Preparing for winter weather

No doubt the campers among the 200,000 or so electric customers whose homes went black on Christmas evening scurried to their closets for their outdoor lanterns and tent heaters. [Full Text]

The real silent majority

In the coming days and weeks there will be decisions made in both Washington and Little Rock which will have farreaching impact on the seniors in Arkansas. There will be debates regarding Medicaid coverage, Medicare coverage, Social Security, and spending cuts in general. Some issues will spark public outcries from those affected. However, for many of the seniors who will be most seriously affected, their voices probably will not be heard. [Full Text]

Caregivers’ Resolutions for the New Year

The New Year brings with it a time for fresh starts. Rather than making unrealistic resolutions, why not begin making changes that will help you become a better caregiver for your loved one by becoming a better caregiver of yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started. [Full Text]

HomeMeds receives $45,090 grant

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas made a second-year grant of $45,090 to support the HomeMeds program CareLink introduced in the state in 2012. HomeMeds helps prevent medication-related problems and errors – incidents that often increase hospitalizations and can endanger the lives of older people. [Full Text]

Deadly flu season in Arkansas

The Arkansas Health Department recently reported that there have been seven deaths from the flu this season. [Full Text]

Saying goodbye to Keeper — loyal friend and Seeing Eye dog

Keeper, my retired Seeing Eye dog, passed away Dec. 21. She was 14 years, 7 months to the day. This is an extremely long life for a German shepherd. I was thrilled to be able to enjoy her for so long. She was alert all through her last days. Whenever I moved from one end of the house to the other, she struggled to get up to follow me. After all, she was my shepherd. She just wouldn’t let her sheep go off without her. [Full Text]

Boyd remembered by community she loved

Jacksonville lost one of its most passionate supporters when Martha Jewel Boyd, 90, died on Dec. 30. She celebrated her last birthday on Christmas Eve. Her daughter, Sharon Boyd, said, “My mom had the biggest heart in the whole wide world. She would do anything for anybody. She was always trying to help people out. She was really an angel to me.” [Full Text]

Safe-driving tips for winter weather

In light of our recent weather experiences, this information is particularly timely for everyone. Getting your car unstuck and back on the road can be a pain, especially in rural areas, so you should be prepared for whatever the season throws at you (or piles on top of you) before heading out this time of year. First, make sure your car is winterized and ready for battle. Then follow these tips to make your trek into the winter wonderland is a safe one. [Full Text]

Soup, the ultimate comfort food and more

So many food possibilities in January — do I focus on the cheap because Christmas bills are coming in soon, or go for the annual diet and eating healthy regiment? Both are commendable. [Full Text]

UAMS celebrates community health center opening

LITTLE ROCK – Students and faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently cut the ribbon and dedicated the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, which will provide free health screenings and information to the minority community where the clinic is located. [Full Text]

Snoring isn’t always sleep apnea

A: Someone who snores does not always have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a sleeper’s breathing pauses, sometimes for as long as a minute, or becomes abnormally low. Snoring can be a symptom of it.But snoring usually is the result of a less-severe breathing problem that can be caused by being overweight, swelling due to pregnancy, blockage of the nose due to a deformed or misshapen nasal septum, nasal polyps, a cold or allergies. [Full Text]

Researchers discover new neurodegenerative disease

Two University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences neurologists are part of a multi-institutional team that has identified a new neurodegenerative disease that is associated with increased deposits of iron in the brain. [Full Text]


Jan. 22 Science Café: ‘Sink Your Teeth into Dental Science’

LITTLE ROCK – Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, “Sink Your Teeth into Dental Science,” on Jan. 22. Panelists will discuss oral microbiology, salivary chemistry and minimally-invasive dentistry as well as dental innovation and education in Arkansas. [Full Text]