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Lagniappe in four parts

This month instead of sharing my viewpoint on only one current issue facing seniors, I’d like to touch on several ongoing concerns that perhaps need your consideration and possible discussion. So, here’s my list of “hot topics.” [Full Text]

WRAAA to celebrate 35 years

Incorporated in 1979, White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. was created as a result of the 1965 Older Americans Act as amended, as a part of the country’s efforts to improve the lives of older Americans. [Full Text]

They walked for senior services

The 22nd Annual “Walk for Senior Services” was a huge success again this year! Despite the recent downfall in the economy, the citizens of Cleburne County came together to support the Waychoff Senior Center. [Full Text]

Sprint for Seniors June 21

Sprint for Seniors is a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, June 21 that will start in the parking lot of West Baptist Church, 1100 N. Central Avenue in Batesville. [Full Text]

CareLink warns older people of home-entry scams

Home-entry imposters have been reported again this year by older people in several Arkansas counties. [Full Text]

Experts say: To age well, make exercise a lifelong friend

Our friend at East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Angie Dunlap sends this word of advice. [Full Text]

WRAAA recognizes National Volunteer Week

It has been said of volunteers, “It is imperative to ask our selves every morning “what will I give those around me today?” [Full Text]

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

Arkansas has one of the highest rates of hunger among seniors in the country. [Full Text]

Silver Haired legislators from AAASEA preparing

Silver Haired delegates and alternates representing Southeast Arkansas recently completed training in preparation for the 19th biennial legislative session to be held at the State Capital in August. [Full Text]

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June 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 2

Seniors enter Hall of Fame

Three Arkansas seniors — Michael Dunn of Pocahontas, Ms. Billie Burnett of Mountain View and Henry Hawk of Conway — have been inducted into the Senior Arkansans Hall of Fame [Full Text]

Maltreatment a problem in Arkansas, across U.S.

Men and women in Arkansas ages 60 or older are more likely than other adults to be abused, neglected or financially exploited, but there are tools and information available to help combat this type of behavior, according to officials who spoke at the state’s Adult Maltreatment Conference. [Full Text]

2014 Silver-Haired Legislative Session set for Aug. 20-21 at State Capitol

In 1977 the Silver-Haired Legislative Session was authorized and has been held every other year in even years. Ninety-nine Arkansans 60 years of age or older will gather at the State Capitol Aug. 20-21 to see their bills through committee and onto the House of Representatives in a “mock” session to learn more about the state legislative process. [Full Text]

Caregivers: Sea gulls, grizzly bears and flexibility

Caregiving is a learn-as-you-go process for most. Regardless of our level of education or expertise, when dementia caregiving involves a family member the picture changes dramatically. Suddenly we see caregiving from a new perspective. [Full Text]

Walk for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Arkansas is planning its annual walk to raise funds for research, education and services. Alzheimer’s affects approximately 75,000 Arkansans and is the most common form of dementia. This year’s theme is “Caregiver’s Count.” Too often, caregivers are overlooked when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. [Full Text]

Immunization for Hepatitis C recommended for seniors

An estimated 38,000 adult Arkansans may be living with Hepatitis C, a blood borne virus that harms the liver. It contributed to at least 1,538 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. To put this number into perspective, Hep C has contributed to more deaths than HIV in Arkansas each year since 2006. To reduce the number of Arkansans who may be faced with irreversible liver damage or early death, the Arkansas Department of Health recommends all adults discuss Hep C testing with their doctor. [Full Text]

Diabetes education program merits ADA recognition

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas on May 7. [Full Text]

Attorney general advises consumers on avoiding hackers, phishers, more

Last week, online retailer and merchant eBay announced that personal information including email addresses of more than 145 million users had been stolen from the company’s databases in a cyberattack. [Full Text]

Fostering empathy for dementia victims

NASHVILLE - The Arkansas Long Term Care Ombudsman Program presented a video raising awareness on the effects of dementia in elderly nursing home residents on Tuesday at the Mine Creek Health and Rehab Center. [Full Text]

Some lighter sides for Dad’s Day

Some presidential candidate once said, “It’s about the economy …” Paraphrasing that, “It’s about the sides ….” Truth be told when it comes to preparing a meal, most of us know what we want for the main course. We’ve already decided on chicken, beef, pork tenderloin or even tilapia. No problem there. The problem comes in deciding on the sides. The wrong choice can follow you for decades. [Full Text]

Other nominees for senior hall of fame

Other nominees for this year’s Senior Arkansan Hall of Fame included Amanda Charles, Barbara Schenk, Betty B. Johnson, Iseral Nelson, Loyd Wessels, Bessie Dixon and Cleffie Louise Gipson. Members of the final selection committee who chose the three inductees said the scoring was very tough and competitive. [Full Text]

Happy Father’s Day

To the editor: My dad moved to Florida two years ago. I miss the days when I could drop in, hug him and listen to his stories. He is 82 now, and I am pushing 60. I realize every day that our time together is almost at an end. The only regret I have is that I don’t tell him what he means to me because the words cannot encompass the feelings. But this is my feeble attempt. [Full Text]

June Events

Open house planned at Senior Net where computer classes offered

 A SeniorNet Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 13. People are invited to visit in the lobby near the classroom, meet SeniorNet instructors and volunteers and enjoy refreshments. [Full Text]

Veterans Golden Age Nationals are July 2

More than 700 senior military veterans are expected to participate in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Fayetteville which will be held Saturday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 2. [Full Text]