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Summer weather preys on seniors; agencies give tips for staying cool

Even though the summer has so far been mild, temperatures will rise again and seniors need to take extra precautions to stay cool when it does. [Full Text]

Delegates selected for delayed session

Petitions were received and elections were held recently for the upcoming Silver Haired Legislative Session, according to Debi Hottel of the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. [Full Text]

Agency praises staffer for 20 years of service

Employee Benefits Specialist Pam Newton was hired on at the downtown location of the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging 20 years ago. [Full Text]

Pink Tomato Festival honors two leaders

WARREN — Bradley County Extension Staff Chairman John Gavin and former chamber of commerce director Buddy McCaskill were inducted into the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival’s Hall of Fame last month. [Full Text]

And the winners are…

Numerous Arkansas veterans won medals at the 28th annual Golden Age Games in Fayetteville held June 29 through July 2. [Full Text]

Alzheimer’s Arkansas to raise awareness by hosting annual walk in 5 cities this year

Alzheimer’s Arkansas will hold its annual walk in five cities this year. Everyone is invited to join in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD affects approximately 75,000 Arkansans and is the most common form of dementia.  This year’s theme is “Caregivers Count.” [Full Text]

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July 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 3

World War II veteran Roy Smith, 96, of Little Rock visits the Jacksonville Museum of Military Museum’s new D-Day exhibit. Smith is a retired accountant who was drafted into the Army in Pine Bluff in 1941.

Exhibit brings back memories

“How anybody got through, I’ll never know,” recalled a 96-year-old World War II veteran who stood on the cliffs above Omaha Beach eight days after the initial D-Day assault on June 6, 1944. Roy H. Smith, a retired accountant who lives in Little Rock, was one of a small group who visited the D-Day exhibit at the Jacksonville Military Museum last month and reminisced. [Full Text]

DOJ, HHS call for action to address elder abuse

Leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced on July 9 a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, calling on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Research suggests that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect and that people with dementia are at higher risk for abuse. [Full Text]

Jacksonville entrepreneur tells all

Harold Gwatney, who moved to Jacksonville in 1958 to run the city’s first Chevrolet dealership, was recently recognized, along with his wife, Syble, for allowing officials to place the welcome sign on their property near the freeway. [Full Text]

Games of yesteryear remembered

“We were doing something everyday,” said Jim Berryhill, 62, of Pangburn. “We had three seasons: Baseball, football and basketball. If we got hot playing baseball, we’d jump in the pool and then back to baseball. If it got too cold for basketball, we’d go down to the gym. We had a key,” he said, winking, “to get in.” [Full Text]

Golden Games a golden event

For a city that wasn’t even supposed to have the annual veterans’ Golden Age Games, Fayetteville and the rest of Northwest Arkansas responded fabulously, according to local coordinator Carol Kick. Almost 750 veterans from 40 states, including a contingent from Hawaii and 20 from Arkansas, participated in the 28th annual games. [Full Text]

Summer play is for children

Video games, Facebook, chatting, sleeping and eating is how most kids seemingly spend their summer vacations nowadays. It’s alarmingly obvious that they aren’t outside. [Full Text]

Kebab or kebob: Does spelling really matter?

Well, if that piece of fractured Shakespeare doesn’t drive Hamlet even crazier, we are still faced with the question: Is it shish kebab or shish kabob? Some people are adamant about which one is right. If one goes to the dictionary to find the meaning of kabob, it is defined as chunks of meat that have been marinated along with vegetables threaded on a skewer and grilled on a flame. However, the same definition is found for kebabs. [Full Text]

Creating a Memory Page

Why this Alzheimer care tool is important It is believed Alzheimer’s disease begins in the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain that stores our memories. As the disease progresses, the diseased neurons die, therefore destroying the most recent memories. This is why breakfast is not recalled, but older memories remain intact. Too often care is disease based, and the disease is the source of focus. A memory page is a reminder for the patient and all contributing to their care that they were a person before they were diagnosed and will continue to be one as well. [Full Text]


Swap meet set at Scott museum

The Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott is planning a trade day/swap meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19. There will be sales on the third Saturday of the month in August, September, April, May and June. [Full Text]

Hot Springs Concert Band performance set

On Monday, July 21, the Hot Springs Concert Band will present “All Through the Year”, the 4th performance in its 2014 Summer Concert Series of outdoor concert performances. According to Dr. Charles Gilmore, president of the band, “Music triggers memories of holidays, activities or places that are associated with a particular time of the year. [Full Text]

Argenta Branch of North Little Rock’s Laman Library opens quilt exhibit

The techniques of piecing, patching, and appliquéing fabrics have been known to exist for centuries in different cultures around the world. Yet, quiltmaking is considered by many to be the quintessential American folk art. [Full Text]