A well-earned designation

The Pope County Senior Activity Center recently had an adjective added to its name. It is now known as the Pope County Senior Wellness and Activity Center. It thus became part of an elite group of senior centers with the wellness designation. [Full Text]

Teaming up for drug take back

The River Valley Senior Net-working group, Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas and the Russellville Police Department teamed up in October to help seniors rid their homes of unwanted, unused or expired medications during the state’s annual drug take-back initiative. [Full Text]

State veterans home gets new head

FAYETTEVILLE - The Arkan-sas Department of Veterans Affairs began 2014 with a new administrator at the helm of the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville. [Full Text]

Monitor bank and credit card accounts

LITTLE ROCK – With Target’s recent announcement of a security breach that affected 70 million of its customers, Arkansas consumers are justifiably concerned about the impact of the breach. [Full Text]

Exercise classes available

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is offering Strong Women and Tai Chi classes which began the week of January 6. The Strong Women class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The class benefits upper and lower body strengthening by using weights and endurance by implementing aerobic-type exercises and stretching. [Full Text]

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January 2014 - Volume 2 - Number 9

Photographer keeps honing talent

Along the twists, turns and detours on the road of life, Pine Bluff native Ron Jackson became a commercial photographer — twice. Today, primarily as an architectural photographer, Jackson has mastered the new-fangled digital photography to such an extent that his iconic photo of the Little Rock skyline actually has more than 300 layers, each from a different digital photo, taken at different times of day and night, in all kinds of weather and different seasons. [Full Text]

Problems seniors face in today’s economy

Happy new year to today’s seniors. It’s the beginning of a new year and our hope is it will be a good one for the state’s seniors who find themselves facing a more complex system than ever before. [Full Text]

You can still read all about it: WWII ends

Sam and Jean Ross of Cabot have several California newspapers from 1945 that were printed as the Second World War was ending and they plan to give the historical treasure trove to a local museum. [Full Text]

Note from a wounded veteran

To the editor: Thanks so much. I was 87 years old on 9 November 2013. I do the best I can. Wounded in WWII and lost most of my hearing in my left ear. Thank God for everything. Heaven some day. Thank God, [Full Text]

Health and safety tips for extreme cold

When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany winter storms, so you may have to cope with power outages, loss of communication services and icy roads. Below are some health and safety tips that will help you and your family stay safe and warm during severe winter weather. [Full Text]

Keeping food and water safe during a power outage

It is the time of year to prepare for possible power outages as a result of winter weather. Maintaining proper refrigeration of food is a concern during power outages. Frozen and refrigerated food supplies need to be evaluated carefully during and after a power outage to make sure that the food is safe to eat. [Full Text]

Hospice provides support for many

Following is a narrative from a family member who was faced with placing a relative in hospice. His hopes and fears are illuminated and his distress at seeing his relative fade is palpable. Still he felt relief that hospice was there. It was a great source of psychological support to both him and to his dying relative. [Full Text]

A brief look at hospice and palliative care

Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. The concept of hospice has been evolving since the 11th century. [Full Text]

Laughter’s healing at any age

Humor, laughter and having fun are essential elements of a healthy life. This is true no matter what our age happens to be. It seems that as we grow older, our disposition becomes more serious possibly due to the growing aches and pains experienced in our bodies. [Full Text]

Chili for those chilly days

To bean or not to bean …that is the question among chili lovers everywhere. And even though the purist will say no beans, the neat thing about chili is that it is quintessentially American, the ultimate democratic food because almost anything goes and no one is right or wrong. [Full Text]

Grant County Museum has impressive collection

Local history is meticulously preserved at the Grant County Museum in Sheridan. What appears to be a tiny hall from its parking lot perspective actually contains a large collection that covers the history of the area and its ties to the nation and world. [Full Text]

Food drive to stock pantries of EAAAA

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging FGP and RSVP Programs will be sponsoring a food drive at all agency county office locations (excluding Phillips County – pantries have not be set up at this time). All donations will go to the food pantries housed in the senior centers. [Full Text]

Bridge players needed

Bridge players are needed at the Shepherd’s Center at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Beebe United Methodist Church. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call 501-843-2930

Free diabetes education offered

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas (AAANWA) has begun a free Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program in Boone, Madison and Searcy counties. [Full Text]