Voters support legislation fighting age discrimination

LITTLE ROCK—Older Arkan-sans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. [Full Text]

Let the Silver Haired training begin!

A Silver Haired Legislature training session for Region VI of the Area Agencies on Aging was facilitated by the agency’s Billie Holsomback, West Central Area Agency on Aging senior specialist. [Full Text]

Accepting assistance is key to remaining independent

Remaining independent doesn’t mean you have to be self-sufficient and do everything yourself. [Full Text]

Who’s minding the caregivers?

In 2008, Lyn and Bill Roche commented on an article in an Alabama newspaper. [Full Text]

Highlighting nutrition

The East Arkansas Area Agency made strides recently to highlight nutritional programs offered to senior citizens in their homes, such as Meals on Wheels. [Full Text]

Group has ‘Day of Caring’

Arlene Dormio, an East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging registered nurse, met with the Phillips County Retired Teachers’ Association in Helena, an advocacy organization for retired teachers in the area. [Full Text]

Two new appointments for Arkansas Hospice

Arkansas Hospice has named Susie Akin as its program director for Russellville and Conway. Akin, who lives in Pottsville, had previously served as area manager for Arkansas Hospice’s Conway office. [Full Text]

Pick ‘em as fast as you can eat ‘em at these family farms

Here are some strawberry “pick-em” farms. It is always a good idea to call in advance to check on hours and produce availability: [Full Text]

Should you get vaccinated?

For most people 50 and older, the vaccine can help prevent shingles. If vaccinated people do get shingles, it’s likely to be less severe. [Full Text]

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May 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 1

Volunteers in a big way

Jacksonville’s quintessential volunteer, a volunteer extraordinaire, Ron Newport, was honored thismonth when city fathers named the recycling park on Marshall Road in his honor. Newport, who will be 84 in July and is battling terminal cancer, is Jacksonville’s father of recycling. “Ron was instrumental in getting recycling up and going in Jacksonville,” Jim Durham, the city’s director of administration said. [Full Text]

Mattingly named president and CEO of CareLink

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – The CareLink Board of Directors today announced that 11-year CareLink veteran Luke Mattingly of North Little Rock has been selected as President and CEO of the organization that serves six counties in central Arkansas as the Area Agency on Aging. [Full Text]

East Arkansas events

Road to Recovery RSVP Program The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging RSVP program has partnered with the American Cancer Society in recruiting drivers to transport local residents who need transportation to and from their cancer treatments. Many cancer patients face challenges associated with getting their daily treatments simply due to a lack of family and friends being available. The Road to Recovery program now has eight drivers and one driver coordinator to schedule this much needed resource. [Full Text]

Health Fair planned in Marianna

The Marianna Civic Center will host its second annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, May 16. All ages are welcome. Free testing of blood pressure, cholesterol screening, blood glucose screening, dental screening and legal assistance will be available. Other activities will include health education, education on recognizing healthy foods, bingo, door prizes, dessert walk and Zumba and Yoga demonstrations. Lunch will be served. Call 870-295-5225 for more information. The Health Fair is sponsored by the Lee County Cooperative Clinic, Arkansas Department of Health, East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Lee County Extension Office, UAMS East, Tri-County Rural Health and the Forrest City Boxing Association.

Bradshaw presented with service award

The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas returned this year to the 2014 Business EXPO sponsored by the Pine Bluff Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and Southeast Arkansas College. [Full Text]

AAASEA benefit tourney round up

Eighty-eight boats fished in the 17th annual Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Tournament for the Agency on Aging held April 5th out of Pine Bluff Regional Park on the Arkansas River. Cash prizes were paid out to the top 10 and lunker with a catered fish fry after the weigh in. [Full Text]

Assuring fair housing work of AAANWA

The Housing Department of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas attended Fair Housing Training recently held in Harrison. [Full Text]

Are you ready for a new hobby?

Is life a little boring? The interests and hobbies of people ten years ago are not necessarily the interests and hobbies they enjoy today. Life is all about change. If life has become a little drab, maybe it is time to seek out a new hobby. [Full Text]

‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’

Editor’s note: Ron Newport, who is suffering from a terminal illness which can no longer be treated, says he highly recommends this book for anyone facing the same plight. Included is a synopsis of his personal notes and observations he made as he studied the book. The book has received many favorable reviews elsewhere. Remember in all cases to consult your physician. “Knocking On Heaven’s Door – The path to a better way of death” – by Katy Butler, published by Simon and Schuster. [Full Text]

Assistance available for storm recovery

LITTLE ROCK – As the state continues to recover from the devastating storms of April 27 which affected Mayflower, Vilonia and El Paso, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert to ensure that affected Arkansans know that assistance is available to them to help them rebuild. [Full Text]

A rose is a rose is a...

The strawberry, like the tomato, is a misnamed fruit. The fleshy red outgrowth is actually the receptacle of the strawberry flower. In fact it’s not even a berry, but a member of the rose family. So instead of it being in the produce section of the store, it should be sold in flower shops as part of fragrant bouquets. [Full Text]

Understanding shingles

If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Shingles is a sometimes-agonizing skin rash and nerve disease that’s caused by a virus. You can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects. [Full Text]

May Events

Memorial Day concert

Sharecroppers garden class set

Free Skin Cancer Screening Offered
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