Euthanasia an option for today’s seniors?

I probably couldn’t pick a more controversial subject to write about but a recent law passed in Vermont, plus current laws in Washington and Oregon, along with the pending implementation of ‘Obamacare’ have led me to speak out. [Full Text]

Seniors match wits in quiz bowl tourney

The fifth annual CareLink Quiz Bowl held July 12 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville was the culmination of three to four months of study for senior centers teams throughout central Arkansas. [Full Text]

Choose A/C repair service wisely

The sweltering heat of an Arkansas summer places an additional strain on home cooling systems, increasing the potential need for service and repair. [Full Text]

Lepanto’s Wii gamers take home the prize

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging sponsored their fourth annual Wii Bowling Tournament for the 12 counties in their region. [Full Text]

The doctor is in

Q: When there is more moisture in the air, should I worry about hydration? A: It is easy to assume that the risk for dehydration and other heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, decreases when it’s humid outside. However, the risk for dehydration actually increases when the air is full of moisture. [Full Text]

Prestigious conductor

Rico Belotti became the conductor of the North Little Rock Community Concert Band in 1989, succeeding the band’s founder and Director Emeritus J. Raymond Brandon. [Full Text]

Caregiver training expands

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation celebrated the opening of the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program in Hot Springs on Friday, Aug. 2. The program is located at 101 McGowan Court in Hot Springs. [Full Text]

Woman arrested on charges of Medicaid fraud

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said that a Little Rock health care provider has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. [Full Text]

Third annual model train show Sept. 14-15

The third annual Jacksonville Train Show hosted by the Tuscarora Lumber Company will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Jacksonville Community Center. [Full Text]

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August 2013 - Volume 2 - Number 4

A concert band for all ages

The vibrant North Little Rock Community Concert Band begins practicing this month for its brilliant upcoming holiday performance. The group turned in a stellar performance on Independence Day at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in downtown North Little Rock. [Full Text]

BE AWARE Safety lessons for seniors

Seventy-two year old Sarah is watching her favorite show on television one quiet Sunday evening after church and hears a knock at the door. She struggles to get up out of her recliner because her knees have been bothering her after cooking all day Saturday for the pot luck at church. As she started to look through the peep hole, the person knocked again, startling her. Outside she saw a young woman who appeared to be in her twenties, with a young child in her arms. [Full Text]

New center will provide expanded adult day care

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The newly opened Peggy and Joe Hastings Respite Center at 2100 Pike Ave. in North Little Rock provides, safe, comfortable, affordable respite care for family members who need the services of an Adult Day Health Center. [Full Text]

Balancing your head with a few breaths

We need practices for easing the ‘weight of the world,’ which seems to rest on our earthly shoulders during these stressful times. Since many of us choose unconsciously to live in the past or future, some strong methods of getting back to the present, are needed for a balanced spirit, mind, and body. Just sensing the weight of our human head as it rests and hopefully wobbles between our two shoulders is a good thing. Noticing any subtle feelings about our dear human body, which works so hard for us as a machine of production, will surely create happier human beings as well. I’ve taught the following self help head and neck stretch to thousands of people during my multi-decade yoga and massage profession since 90 percent of their body aches and pains centered on neck and shoulder tension. [Full Text]

AARP Driver Safety class schedule

LITTLE ROCK — AARP Driver Safety classroom courses will be held in multiple locations across Arkansas in August and September. AARP Driver Safety’s classroom course is administered by volunteers and covers topics such as defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. [Full Text]

Be on alert for phone scams

LITTLE ROCK – While the goal is always the same, the tactics often change for criminals seeking personal or financial information in order to steal a consumer’s identity or money. [Full Text]

YOUR MEDICARE Medicare coverage for chronic conditions

Medicare recipients with chronic conditions have had difficulty qualifying for home health skilled nursing and therapy services in the past. However, because Medicare can no longer deny coverage to patients whose conditions are unlikely to improve, it may be easier to get Medicare to pay for these services. [Full Text]

On a budget? Grab a hotdog

Welcome to the dog days of August — days that are so hot using the stove or the oven is out of the question and even grilling works up too much perspiration. What are the choices then? A microwaved package of this or that or a canned something? [Full Text]

Need inspiration? Visit Eureka Springs

When my daughter Teagan and I travel, we tend to keep it local, see the historical sites and oddball roadside attractions. We recently made a trip to Eureka Springs to attend the annual Arkansas Press Association’s convention June 29. [Full Text]

Depression is not a normal part of growing older

Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated. [Full Text]

Will nutrition assistance be cut?

House Democrats were four votes shy recently — 216-204 — of stopping passage of a $195 billion farm bill that stripped about $740 billion in food aid to the poor and old, school lunches and the WIC program. Arkansas’ four congressmen, Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton, all Republicans, voted for the bill. [Full Text]

Stroke care performance recognized

The Arkansas Department of Health has recognized three hospitals and two individuals for stroke care performance and other outstanding contributions to support the goals of the Coverdell Arkansas Stroke Registry. [Full Text]

The Chuck Wagon Gang will perform in Ward

The Chuck Wagon Gang, a wellknown Southern gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The church is at Markham and Church streets in Ward. For more information, call 501-843-3336. [Full Text]