New services for aging clients

CareLink supporters, volunteers and staff celebrated the opening of the new Community Kitchen and the Peggy and Joe Hastings Respite Center at a recent preview party at 2100 Pike Avenue in North Little Rock. [Full Text]

Foiling the ravages of summer heat

Summertime in Arkansas often brings extreme heat and high humidity — a potentially dangerous combination. People suffer heatrelated illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. [Full Text]

Program specializes in memory loss

Families and caregivers of patients with conditions related to memory loss have a new option when choosing long-term care for their loved ones. [Full Text]

Help older people retain their independence

This Independence Day holiday, CareLink reminds family caregivers and friends there are many ways to help older relatives retain their independence. [Full Text]

What is wound care and what does a wound clinic do?

JACKSONVILLE — North Metro Wound Healing Center, which offers state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols to support the body’s innate ability to heal, has appointed Dr. Stacey Burnett M.D. as medical director. [Full Text]

Annual Beat the Heat Fan Drive

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas has kicked off its annual Beat the Heat Fan Drive, running until Aug. 11. [Full Text]

Senior centers earn wellness designation

Two senior centers in Northwest Arkansas have earned the designation of Wellness Centers. [Full Text]

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July 2013 - Volume 2 - Number 3


‘I’ve played with the very best and I’ve played with the very worst and I loved it all.’

One historian of rock ‘n’ roll said it lived less than a decade. It was born in the early 1950s out of rhythm and blues and jazz and died because Elvis was drafted, Buddy Holly was killed, Little Richard became a preacher and Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin. [Full Text]

Private option: Does it have a ‘donut hole?’

The Arkansas Legislature in its last session passed the Private Option as an alternative to expanding the state’s Medicaid rolls. Rather than add approximately 250,000 Arkansans to Arkansas Medicaid, they will be enrolled in private insurance plans through the insurance exchange to be created. There has even been some talk of perhaps moving some current Medicaid recipients from Medicaid into these plans, since at least initially the federal government has agreed to pick up the tab. [Full Text]

Long-time agency client still going strong

Faye Randall is a woman with a history. The 88-year-old resident of Plainview has lived her entire life in Yell County and spent much of her time making her way through town on foot to visit friends and family and serve God at her church, Jesus Name Pentecostal Church. She has also been a client of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas for 23 years. [Full Text]

Agency helps hosts tri-county health fair

Approximately 150 persons attended a Health Fair recently held at the Lee Senior High School in Marianna. Sponsors for the event were the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Lee County Dept of Health, UAMS-East, Lee County Extension Office, East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Sisters United and the Lee County Cooperation Clinic. [Full Text]

Ain’t summer without watermelon

My summer diet usually consists of watermelon, grilled burgers, watermelon, sweet tea—and did I mention watermelon? By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the U.S., with cantaloupe and honeydew a distant second and third. It is so popular that it has its own organization, the National Watermelon Promotion Board and its own website, [Full Text]

Community is her mantra

Some seniors look forward to a retirement of travel and leisure but Judy Herring, a north Pulaski County resident, is immersed in her three acres of land at the Lonoke and Pulaski county lines where she grows vegetables, herbs and raises livestock. [Full Text]

Third annual dinner July 18

The third annual Friends of Project Compassion dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Thursay, July 18, at the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center, 2700 Cavanaugh Road, Fort Smith. The Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas will host the event which will include dinner and a silent auction with entertainment provided by Pam Camp. [Full Text]

Volunteer drivers sought

Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation. Right now, the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program needs volunteers from the Craighead County area to drive cancer patients to and from their treatments. [Full Text]

Prairie Grove resident Ms. Senior Arkansas

Katy Phillips is a resident of Prairie Grove. She travels with the Cameo Club promoting the Ms. Senior Arkansas Pageant. She is a member of Gates Rubber Company’s Golden Bracket Club. Ms. Phillips has three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She works as a volunteer with children at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville and Prairie Grove. She also volunteers at the Lincoln, Farmington and Prairie Grove Senior Centers, singing with the Misfit Band at their dances.