Saving health care dollars

Arkansas will be at the forefront of working on how health care costs can be decreased now that it’s been awarded $42 million to improve and sustain a statewide system to monitor patient care with the goal of saving money. [Full Text]

A third of older Arkansans live with food insecurity

Arkansas is considered one of the worst states for the number of seniors who live without enough nutritionally adequate food. More than 160,000 seniors in Arkansas don’t have enough to eat or are at risk of going hungry, according to a study released by the state. [Full Text]

Spring into retirement

Here are a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits and how to apply for them. [Full Text]

Jonesboro woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

LITTLE ROCK – A Jonesboro medical provider has been arrested and charged with felony Medicaid fraud following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division, according to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. [Full Text]

Nominations sought for Senior Arkansans Hall of Fame

Nominations are sought for outstanding older Arkansans for the 2012-2013 Senior Arkansans Hall of Fame. [Full Text]

E-filing your tax return saves time, prevents common mistakes

DALLAS — E-file is short for electronic tax return filing. It includes both preparing taxes electronically using tax software and filing taxes electronically. [Full Text]

Living in northwest Arkansas and loving it

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas manages 13 housing complexes in six counties from Mountain Home to Gravette. Each county has unique features fulfilling Arkansas’ motto as The Natural State. [Full Text]

Helpful phone numbers

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

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March 2013 - Volume 1 - Number 11

Arkansan recalls her youth in wartime Britain A regular at an American Legion post once saw rationing and Nazi bombers.

Shirley Buller of Cabot can be found at the Cabot American Legion Post 71 on Wednesdays sipping coffee from her Union Jack mug. She bakes sweets for the Legionnaires and shares colorful stories. [Full Text]

Once young witness tells of evils in Nazi Germany Barbarism was rampant but there were acts of kindness by her family and others.

War is the most devastating, unheroic activity that man has ever devised. No one wins,” Ilse Nunn told Cabot High School history and psychology students recently. [Full Text]

29th Annual Northwest Arkansas Senior Games

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas has announced the dates for the 29th Annual Northwest Arkansas Senior Games for April 12, 19, 25, May 2, and 11, 2013. “The track and field event will be held at the F.S. Garrison Stadium at Harrison Senior High School and the 8-Ball Pool Tournament will be held at the Newton County Senior Activity and Wellness Center. [Full Text]

Getting those meals out to you

It is dark at 5:30 a.m. when a team of five starts to mix, bake, package, assemble, and pack Meals on Wheels and prepare food for up to 250 people a day to be served in the cafeteria at the Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center (JSWAC). [Full Text]

Depression in the elderly

The difficult changes that many older adults face—such as the death of a spouse, loss of independence, and health problems—can lead to depression, especially in those without a strong support system. But depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging. [Full Text]

New director chosen

Monte Callicott has been named the new executive director as of March 1, 2013 for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. Callicott is taking over from Ed Doman, who recently retired after 30 years of service with the Agency. Mr. Callicott has been employed with the agency since its inception in July, 1978. He has been director of client services since 1985. He also serves on the board of directors for the Pocahontas Housing Authority and the board of directors for Total Life Health Care in Jonesboro.

AAAWCA’s R.E. Hodges retires

Nearly four decades ago, a young R.E. Hodges brought his degree in biology and skills he’d learned as a student at Arkansas Tech University to the Planning and Development District’s Division of Aging Services, became the second person hired to the newly created division, and in the ensuing years helped build and improve 15 senior activity centers across 10 counties while raising a family and committing himself to work in and for his community. [Full Text]

Senior companions providing assistance

(Senior Companion Volunteers in Hot Springs and Mena hosted a Veterans’ Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Jan. 23.)
(Charlene McIntyre served the 45 veterans in attendance coffee and visited with them.) [Full Text]

Volunteer Ombudsmen East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging

The Region III Volunteer Ombudsman Program of the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging in Jonesboro held its quarterly training for Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen (CVO) early this month in the large conference room of the agency. [Full Text]

Cabot couple marks 70 years

In what could be called a historic anniversary, Merill and Ila “Pat” Marshall of Cabot celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. [Full Text]

Skillets are perfect for single serves

Skillet dishes are some of my favorite cookin’ and eatin’. It’s fun to just throw a lot of stuff in a pan, call it lunch or dinner — and clean up is a cinch. [Full Text]

Exhibit explores civil rights

“We had averted our eyes for far too long, turning away from the ugly reality facing us as a nation. Let the world see what I’ve seen.” — Mamie Till Bradley [Full Text]

Bike ride, cleanup planned

The Reed’s Bridge Preservation Society will host a bicycle tour at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16. The ride is free and open to all ages. [Full Text]

Up close and personal

As with all of life’s responsibilities, there are just so many hours a day in the life of a senior property housing manager. The housing industry benefits from managers who commit to providingservices that reflect the needs of their residents. [Full Text]

AARP offers tax help for seniors

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]


Snow-born calf is rescued

GREENWOOD, Ark. – While February’s winter storm raged above and mud was churning below, a tiny calf came into the world sheltered only by his mother – at least until Doug Russell of Greenwood found him. [Full Text]