Avoiding common scams

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas consumers are once again the targets of a common scam in which con artists pose as representatives of a sweepstakes company and make false promises of free cars and cash. [Full Text]

Preserving local history is her gift

“I was 80 years old on Nov. 29 and on my ‘bucket’ list is to be featured in Arkansas Aging,” Bettye Busby began. “I belong to the Arkansas Methodist Hospital Ladies Auxiliary in Paragould and enjoy helping people by working CCU and the information desk.” [Full Text]

Paragould Bees opens food pantry for seniors

The Senior B.E.E.S. Center Food Pantry in Paragould recently opened to help Greene County residents who are struggling, financially and nutritionally, with the cost of groceries. [Full Text]

Senior Center food pantries

East Arkansas Senior Center Food Pantries hours for seniors60 years old and older include: [Full Text]

Auxiliary will host jewelry sale

The North Metro Medical Center Auxiliary in Jacksonville will hold a jewelry, purse and sterling silver sale in the hospital’s cafeteria from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. [Full Text]

Free tax preparation

LITTLE ROCK – Whether taxpayers find the 1040EZ to be not so easy after all, or they would prefer to have assistance in preparing and filing their tax returns, countless consumers will seek help from tax preparation services this year. [Full Text]

Helpful phone numbers

Having trouble finding the right number to call for a particular problem? [Full Text]

Share some Valentine love

February is the month of love. In fact there is so much love going around that the National Heart Association has declared all of it Heart Month. [Full Text]

E-readers for beginners offered in Ward

Learn about your e-reader! The Ward Public Library, 205 Hickory, Suite 100, Ward, in Lonoke County, will have an e-Book lunch and learn on Friday, Feb. 22. [Full Text]

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February 2013 - Volume 1 - Number 10

A healthy hike for healthy seniors

Pedestal Rocks Trail

Ozarkers are hikers and we love our woods, hills, and mountains. Sadly, as we get older, most of us begin to venture out less, and avoid the long hikes of our youth. That is why seniors still love Pedestal Rocks. It is a fairly short hike — 2.2 miles, and moderately level, with only one set of six steps, or so. [Full Text]

Costly to turn help down

Avoiding the appearance that they are collaborating in any way with President Obama and his despised health-insurance reforms is forcing a few Republicans into painful circus contortions. They may need a doctor. [Full Text]

Medicare statement gets a makeover and becomes easier to understand

A recent convert to plain English, Medicare has revised its claims statements so that beneficiaries can more easily understand them. Medicare has redesigned and simplified the statement it mails to beneficiaries every three months to explain the claims and benefits they’ve recently received. [Full Text]

Helpful hints for seniors needing help

Maybe you’re living in the lap of luxury: lounging in the shallow end of your pool while taking leisurely sips from a cold bottle of low-sodium V8. But if you’re like most seniors, you’re living on a budget. Here are some helpful tips to find out how to get the maximum dollars out of your golden years. [Full Text]

Understanding S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or ‘The Holiday Blues’

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is so widespread that nearly one-third of all Americans feel great stress during the holidays and winter months, and this number is even greater among older Americans. Most cases of SAD begin in the fall or winter. [Full Text]

Seniors at high risk for flu-related complications

Little Rock — Flu season continues to cause widespread illness and has accounted for 22 deaths so far in Arkansas. People 65 and older are at a high risk of serious flu-related complications and should seek medical treatment as soon as possible if flu-like symptoms develop. [Full Text]

UAMS sets SeniorNet computer classes for people 50 and up

LITTLE ROCK – Computer classes on Fundamentals for Beginners, Navigating the Internet and Extending Your Skills will be taught in March for people ages 50 and older at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. [Full Text]

Seven in 10 adults track important health indicators

Seven in ten (69 percent) U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and many say this activity has changed their overall approach to health, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In all: [Full Text]

Annual bass tournament April 6

If you’re a fisherman and are looking for some fun, a chance to win some money, and more importantly, the opportunity to aid a good cause, you need to be a part of the 16th Annual Area Agency on Aging Benefit Bass Tournament, Saturday, April 6 on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff Regional Park, from safe light until 3 p.m. [Full Text]

AARP volunteers make tax time less taxing AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites to provide free IRS-certified tax preparation through April 15

LITTLE ROCK—Hundreds of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in dozens of Arkansas communities are standing by to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers of all ages prepare their 2012 income tax returns at no cost. [Full Text]

Help older people stay warm and safe

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – In cold weather some older people are at risk for hypothermia, a drop in internal body temperature that can be fatal if not detected and treated. “Older people may not be aware they are becoming cold as readily as younger people, and their bodies may not adjust to changes in temperature,” said CareLink Outreach Manager Debbie Gillespie. [Full Text]

Frostbite, appendicitis and vertigo

Q: How do I know if my fingers and toes are frostbitten? A: Frostbite is an injury resulting from exposure to very low, freezing temperatures. It leads to a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. These often are the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. [Full Text]

Midsouth Summit Black Expo offers health screenings Feb. 23

LITTLE ROCK – The ninth annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will celebrate black history month with a family-friendly event highlighting the importance of cancer screenings and education. [Full Text]

Free health screenings at Head North Health Fair

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Local residents can take advantage of seven different free health screenings, as well as a limited supply of free flu shots, at Baptist Health’s annual Head North to Health (HNTH) Fair on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock. [Full Text]