Nov. 11 events held around state

Thursday, Nov. 7 The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock will be placing flags for Veterans Day on each grave at 3 p.m. Flags will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. [Full Text]

Free-floating anxiety

Did you know that if you put a rat in a cage and give it randomly timed electric shocks, the rat will develop “free-floating anxiety”? [Full Text]

Vilsack ties farm bill to food stamps

While the Arkansas state government urges more seniors to sign up for the program to help them buy food, Congress has drastically cut its budget. [Full Text]

Homemakers: Volunteering and loving

The Extension Homemakers Club isn’t all about sewing, cooking, canning and winning ribbons at the county fair, said Connie Hardin of Ward, who recently celebrated 60 years as a volunteer for the nonprofit. [Full Text]

Six other nominees for AARP’s Andrus Award

Amanda Charles of Pine Bluff. Amanda works to make her community a better place through her volunteer work with the Jefferson County RSVP, which honored her with a 2012 Community Service Award. [Full Text]

Northwest Arkansas salutes its veterans

November is the month to salute our veterans for their bravery and commitment to our country. [Full Text]

In Jonesboro, the community turns out

The second annual Community Fair and National Night Out was held in early October at the University Lions Park in Jonesboro. [Full Text]

16 groups honored with quality awards

Sixteen organizations from throughout the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards by Grant Tennille, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, during the 19th Annual Awards Celebration for the Governor’s Quality Award Program on Monday evening, September 16th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock. [Full Text]

Cummings joins White River team

Brad Cummings has joined the staff of White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cummings brings more than 15 years of experience in public accounting to his position. [Full Text]

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November 2013 - Volume 2 - Number 7

Ex-sheriff kept eye on Titans Not long after former Lonoke County Sheriff J.O. Isaac arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base in the late 1950s, he joined the 308th Missile Wing, which was just getting organized. [Full Text]

Ace survived Hanoi Hilton James Robinson Risner, an Arkansas native and lefendary Air Force fighter piolet, died on Oct. 22 at the age of 88. [Full Text]

World War II Veteran reflects Before a rural mailman circulated petitions to incorporate Sherwood as a city he had been wounded by artillery blast when the U.S.Army entered Germany in September of 1944. [Full Text]

State Military Hall of Fame inducts 15

Over 200 attended the third annual Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, Inc. Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony held in Little Rock on Nov. 1. Fifteen Arkansas military veterans were inducted into the hall of fame and awarded the “Hall of Fame Medallion” recognizing their military service to our nation and to the State of Arkansas. [Full Text]

Sometimes, there’s no place like home for health care

Some health care once done in a hospital or doctor’s office can now be done at home. It’s just as effective, more convenient and usually less expensive. [Full Text]

AARP Arkansas honors volunteer leaders

LITTLE ROCK—Jack Harris of Searcy is the 2013 recipient of the Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. [Full Text]

Making the difference: senior companions

From baking cornbread to buying groceries to going to get a haircut, these are some of the things that seniors are helping seniors across Arkansas do to live better lives and help them to live independently. [Full Text]

Moving forward with care options

Not only has Arkansas helped lead the way with its Private Option version of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion, but it is among the leaders taking steps to implement a results-based pay model instead of the existing fee-for-service model for health care, according to Andy Allison, director of the Arkansas Division of Medical Services. [Full Text]

Time to review Medicare plans

It’s the time of year for Medicare Advantage and those who buy Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage to make sure they have the right plans. Those who want to change their health and drug coverage should do so now. Open enrollment is now through Dec. 7. Changes take effect on Jan. 1. [Full Text]

Agency recognizes Family Caregivers’ Month

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas is starting a new Alzheimer’s and Dementia support group in Arkadelphia this month to mark it. The agency already has one group established, which meets the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at the agency’s office at 1519-A East Harding in Morrilton. [Full Text]

What’s good for you? Whole wheat

Whole wheat is a healthy alternative to use in recipes that call for white flour. The body takes longer to digest whole wheat because of its large amount of fiber. Whole wheat’s slow digestion time keeps blood sugar more stable. White flour, on the other hand, causes blood sugar to spike. Avoiding high blood sugar is important to anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes. But whole wheat is a more nutritious choice even for people without diabetes because of its high fiber and lower sugar content, which helps to keep the body strong and healthy. Here are a few simple recipes from War Eagle Mill in Rogers that use whole wheat flour. [Full Text]

Alzheimer’s walk features percussion

True Alisandre, a 20-year veteran drummer and 40-year teacher of yoga, will be presenting a stretching and spontaneous percussion and drumming program along with Chris Marshall (RIPE core member) and other members of the Rhythmic Interaction Percussion group as part of the Alzheimer’s Walk from 7 to 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 16 at the Rivermarket’s First Security arena in Little Rock. [Full Text]

Butler Center to Feature Korean War Resources

Has the Korean War been forgotten? Not at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. A display of Korean War resources collected by the Butler Center will be exhibited on the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus at the Cox Creative Center, 120 River Market Avenue, from Nov. 7 - Dec. 31. [Full Text]

Free health care available to more seniors in 2014

Many seniors in Arkansas may now be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance starting in January 2014. [Full Text]

Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 28

The annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at the Cabot Church of Christ. The free dinner or takeout is open to everyone.