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Elderly woman shares her experience as crime victim
By Aliya Feldman

Elderly abuse isn’t talked about enough. But when it is, we often hear about family members or caregivers who abuse older people physically and financially. [Full Text]

Open enrollment

It’s that time of year again – cooler nights, less humid and hot during the day, football is in full swing and, yep, it’s Medicare enrollment time. [Full Text]

Free health fair

The Jacksonville Senior Well-ness and Activity Center will hold its annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at 100 Victory Circle, Jacksonville. [Full Text]

It’s time to review your Medicare options

Even if you’ve been satisfied with your health and drug coverage, you may benefit from reviewing all your options. Shopping around may save you money or improve your coverage.
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Saving for retirement? Here are the 2014 limits
By Terry Buffalo - SEC registered financial advisor

If you are looking to add to your retirement nest egg, you may want to know more about the contribution limits for 2014. [Full Text]

Human resource manager honored

In 1979, when Sheri Combs, began her career at East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, the terminology for human resources — even its concept — was likely not understood. In the 70s, the activities associated with human resources today were carried out in the ‘personnel office.’ [Full Text]

Eagle Mountain celebrates the fabulous 50s

Eagle Mountain Assisted Living community in Batesville threw a “Fabulous Fifties” party Sept. 11 celebration of National Assisted Living Week. This year’s theme was The Magic of Music. Residents, family members and staff ate cheseburgers and fries at the ‘diner,’ then enjoyed a concert by the king of rock-n-roll Elvis Presley, Butch Dicus. More than 100 attended the event.

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October 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 6

Mystery of women’s prison
Article by Sarah Campbell

Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. That prisoner, Helen Ruth Spence Eaton, is the subject of Denise Parkinson’s book “Daughter of the White River.” [Full Text]

Perspectives on age
Story by Tim Herr - Directer of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

The next time somebody asks me how old I am, I’m going to say, “I’ve seen 66 complete orbits of the earth around the sun.” Somebody, back when, decided that a complete orbit of the earth around the sun would be called a “year”. A year also consists of 365 complete rotations of the earth on its axis, or more commonly called a “day”. Somebody a long time ago decided that also. Both of these decisions, probably made by someone with a Greek name, determine how we mark “time”. In other words these concepts measure how long we individually have existed on this earth. [Full Text]

Medicare drug plan review

Central Arkansas Medicare recipients can call CareLink at 501-372-5300 or 800-482-6359 to make an appointment today for a free Medicare Drug Plan review during the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Oct. 15 - Dec. 7. [Full Text]

Boone County couple stays fit

Calvin and Mary Tyler have been attending the Boone County Senior Activity and Wellness Center for about a year. Mary participates in the SilverSneakers program two days a week. While Mary is in exercise class Calvin uses the exercise equipment, “I enjoy using the equipment, it helps keep these old bones loosened up,” Calvin said. [Full Text]

Pioneering library director’s legacy
By Aliya Feldman - Arkansas Aging assistant editor

Jeffrey Lee Baskin, the executive director of the William F. Laman Public Library System in North Little Rock, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 67. Baskin became executive director at the Laman in 1987. Under Baskin’s leadership, the library system grew into one of the most recognized in Arkansas and was transformed into a cultural and artistic center.
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AAASEA explains Medicare and options

Many of us are fast approaching Medicare age but haven’t taken the time to focus on decisions regarding our health care. Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65. Baby boomers don’t realize they have two ways to get their health coverage. Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage! So what’s the better choice for me? It depends on individual circumstances and preferences. There is no single correct answer to this question. Here’s a look at the options to get our heath care coverage. [Full Text]

Anger: A powerful emotion that can produce positive or negative results
By priscilla pittman - MSW, MA, Alzheimer’s Arkansas program director

Anger is a warning sign that something is wrong and resolution is needed. When the warning signs are ignored others may not know what has bothered us and we are likely to respond with self-destructive behaviors such as over-eating, spending, etc. [Full Text]

Senior companions, a source of support
By Lori Kamerling - Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

Dean Brown carefully handles the photo of herself and her husband of two decades in healthier times. The smiling couple in the photo is embracing, before a picturesque backdrop of Lake Ouachita. It was one of the last photos of the two of them in which Dean’s husband, Kenneth, is still able to hug her. [Full Text]

Pumpkin puree perfect partner
By Rick Kron - Food editor

Want to get rich? Forget cornering the oil market, the gold market or the I-phone market. You can rule the world, almost, if you control the canned pumpkin market! Oh wait a minute, Libby’s already does. The food giant supplies 90 percent of the world’s pumpkin puree, using just over 5,000 acres of contracted and leased farm land near Morton, IL, just outside of Peoria, meaning every October through December the folks at Libby’s are laughing all the way to the bank. [Full Text]

28 groups receive Governor’s Quality Awards

Twenty-eight organizations from throughout the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards by Governor Mike Beebe during the 20th Annual Awards Celebration for the Governor’s Quality Award Program on Monday evening, September 15th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Sixteen past Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence recipients in the last 20 years were also recognized. [Full Text]

Move with balance

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is offering a new program to improve focus, concentration, memory, balance coordination and energy levels and fall prevention techniques. [Full Text]

Halloween carnival

A Halloween carnival will be held from 2 to 7 pm. Oct. 25 at the DeWitt Senior Center, 205 N. Main Street in DeWitt. There will be refreshments, games and prizes. Tickets will be available at the door for a donation of $1. All proceeds benefit the DeWitt Senior Center.

Flu shots offered

Flu season is approaching, and health officials agree the best preventative action is to receive a vaccine as soon as it’s available. Sherwood Urgent Care, an affiliate of Urgent Team, has flu vaccines in stock and is ready to protect your family against this year’s seasonal flu virus. [Full Text]