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Free CareLink class aims to keep seniors active and healthy

Do you want to stay active as you age? A 12-week class at CareLink’s newest fitness location, the Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center in midtown Little Rock, can help. [Full Text]

Agency celebrates 35 years of service

White River Area Agency on Aging as staff, board bembers, advisory council members and people from the community came together July 9 at the regional office in Batesville to begin the events celebrating 35 years of serving seniors. [Full Text]

Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be traumatic news

As a witness to a head-on collision that resulted in deaths and serious injuries, driving through that intersection again was difficult. [Full Text]

Seek help for older people with mental-health concerns

When older family members or friends have mental health concerns like anxiety and depression, it is important to encourage them to seek help, according to CareLink Outreach Manager Debbie Gillespie. [Full Text]

Bull Shoals resident turns 101 years old

North Arkansas Senior Housing in Bull Shoals resident Helena Rosenberg celebrated her 101st birthday with a party held in her honor. [Full Text]

Social Security extends access to benefit verification

The Social Security Admin-istration announced that local Social Security offices will continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice. [Full Text]

Computer classes for seniors held in LR in September

SeniorNet of Little Rock will offer free computer classes for seniors over the next few weeks. [Full Text]

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August 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 4

Growing up at state’s TB facility

Marvin Norvell of Griffithville fell ill and was sent to the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in 1946 near Booneville. His wife Edna and daughter Arlene, 8-years-old at the time, joined him there when Edna got a job at the sanatorium. For the next decade, the family would spend most of their lives at the hospital. Arlene Norvell Hendricks, now 76, of Bradford, recalls her time at the sanatorium. [Full Text]

Meaning and purpose through Senior Works

When Caryl Hicks was looking for work after retiring, she turned to the Senior Works program. After receiving on-the-job training there, she was matched with new employment at a job she loves. The program helped her land a job at the Division of Aging at the Department of Human Services. [Full Text]

A woman with a chainsaw…is an artist

Her ideas don’t come from blueprints, models or a set of instructions, but from visions in her mind. Once Kay Jackson, 55, pictures it she grabs one of her six or seven chainsaws and the chips start to fly. At first one is not sure what that stump or log is going to be carved into, but after a while one can see the beginnings of a bear, a hog, an eagle or a fish. [Full Text]

State’s sanatorium treated over 70,000

In 1910, the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium admitted its first patient. The facility would treat more than 70,000 people before closing in 1973. The compound is now used as the Booneville Human Development Center. [Full Text]

Retirees share heirlooms, art

The residents of Harding Place in Searcy recently shared some of their cherished possessions during the inaugural heirloom and art exhibit in the dining hall. Activities coordinator Jeff Kellar said he developed the idea to give more residents a way to participate in the community. Harding Place has a quilt show in January, but not everyone has a quilt, he explained. [Full Text]

To avoid stress, know Medicare

The phone call can come at any hour. Your elderly parent has fallen ill and needs your help. If you haven’t gotten the call yet, chances are you will. About 70 percent of our parents will require some kind of personal care during their old age. Sometimes, the care will extend for years. [Full Text]

Cure for the common cold cut

It’s August and it’s hot. Forget about the cool July—it’s August and it’s hot. Turning on the oven can make a place swelter, the stove will raise the temperature and even the microwave seems to give off heat during the dog days of August. So the solution is cold cuts—meat and condiment slapped between two slices of bread. [Full Text]

Beat the heat, visit state’s caves

One way to survive sweltering temperatures this summer is to seek relief from the weather in an Arkansas show cave. Eight caves around the state offer an opportunity to spend time underground, where it’s nice and cool. Some of the caves have a constant temperature below 60 degrees. [Full Text]

Arkansas scores low for nursing-home admissions

A recent report ranked Arkansas among the lowest in the country for providing older people with quality, long-term care. The study, conducted by AARP, says that the state could save $77 million if more older people were kept in their homes as long as possible rather than put in nursing homes. [Full Text]

Yarn Dolls Club meets Aug. 9 at museum in Scott

Discover the basics of crocheting, knitting and more at the Yarn Dolls Club will meet from 1 to 4 pm. Saturday at the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park. [Full Text]

3-D mammograms now available at UAMS

Women in central Arkansas have a new tool in the fight against breast cancer. The Breast Center at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute announces the addition 3-D mammography technology to its full array of services. The UAMS Breast Center is the only facility in central Arkansas to offer this advanced breast cancer screening tool. [Full Text]