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Recognition – at last
Story by Jeffrey Smith, Arkansas Aging staff writer

Second World War veteran William Barnett of Beebe received war medals 73 years after serving in the Army. [Full Text]

RN returns to agency to help monitor services

Cathy Crain, a registered nurse, has returned to the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging as a part-time employee. She will be monitoring services to elderly patients who need medical assistance while living at home. [Full Text]

Nominees are being sought through April 1 for the Senior Arkansas Hall of Fame.

This is the 22nd year seniors have been honored in this way and there are 67 names in the hall of fame. [Full Text]

Getting it done for 35 years

Debi Hottel, who began working for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging in February 1980 as executive secretary under Herb Sanderson, recently celebrated 35 years with her employer. [Full Text]

EAAAA sees new staff member, position change

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging welcomes new staff members and congratulates another staff member who has moved into a new position. [Full Text]

Special Financing for ABLE Arkansans

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services’ Alternative Financing Program helps people with disabilities by providing fast, low-interest loans for assistive technology or home/auto modifications. [Full Text]

Book Review: ‘Slow Dancing with a Stranger’
By Aliya Feldman Arkansas Aging assistant editor

In “Slow Dancing with a Stranger,” former TV personality Meryl Comer details the often unspoken burden of caregiving, which she has done for her husband, an Alzheimer’s patient, for 20 years. [Full Text]

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February 2015 - Volume 3 - Number 9

Warren Dupree Elementary principal Janice Walker enjoys a serenade from four members of the Diamond State Chorus on Friday, Feb. 13 as part of the singing group’s annual fund-raising event.

For the love of harmony
By Rick Kron, Arkansas Aging staff writer

A certified public accountant, a candy broker, a military veteran and a hospital administrator walk into a bar. Wait a minute; don’t forget the banker. He’s there, too… No, this is not the beginning of a joke, but rather the start of one of many sentimental love stories told by members of the Diamond State Chorus, whose 20-plus members enjoy singing barbershop-style, a cappella love songs to women across central Arkansas on Valentine’s Day. [Full Text]

Still old, still hungry
By Tim Herr Director of the area agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

Many, many column inches have been written about the problem of senior hunger in this newspaper. I have written several columns about this issue myself. Perhaps now, with the new legislature in session, is a good time to review and update everyone on where we are and what, if any, progress has been made. [Full Text]

19th Silver Haired Legislative Session held
By Aliya Feldman Arkansas Aging assistant editor

Nearly 100 seniors gathered at the state capitol recently to convene a mock legislature that called attention to some of the most pressing issues seniors in Arkansas confront, including hunger and medical costs. Delegates from across the state met for the 19th annual Silver Haired Legislative Session on Nov. 19 and 20. [Full Text]

Preventative Services Program will help patients with Medicare

The Preventative Services Program will offer many free health screenings and counseling this year for patients whose doctors or other health care provider accepts Medicare as full payment. These services differ from diagnostic services provided when patients show distinct symptoms of a condition or have a history of the condition. “Preventive services help patients and their physicians determine how to prevent many types of diseases and disabilities,” Debbie Gillespie, Outreach Manager for CareLink, said in a press release. [Full Text]

Sherwood’s founder dies at 94
Story by Sarah Campbell, Arkansas Aging staff writer

Bernard Olds — the rural mailman who circulated petitions to incorporate Sherwood as a city, served as an alderman, was one of its first firefighters and fought in World War II — died Tuesday at the age of 94. His funeral was held Feb. 14, and a committal ceremony with military honors was set for 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. The Leader interviewed Olds in 2013. He said then, “I’ve really enjoyed life, really enjoyed helping people. I’ve had a good, successful, wonderful life.” Amy Sanders, the Sherwood “founding mother” for whom its library is named, has known Olds since they both moved to the area in the 1950s. [Full Text]

Eat with your heart in mind
Rick Kron Food Editor

It’s February, the month of love and a good time to remember that the heart wants what the heart wants. And what the heart wants is for you and I and all of us to be nicer to our bodies when it comes to food intake and to live a long, healthy life. For many of us, that means a change in our dietary outlook. No longer can one think that the major food groups are McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy’s. [Full Text]

18th annual bass tourney March 28

The 18th Annual Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Benefit Bass Tournament will be held from safe light until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Pine Bluff Regional Park along the Arkansas River. Platinum sponsors of this year’s event are BKD and Simmons National Bank. [Full Text]

EAAAA planning financial workshop for March 17

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging will hold a financial planning workshop for seniors from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in its large conference room. [Full Text]

Plantation Agriculture Museum to hold quilt lesson March 14

The Plantation Agriculture Museum is hosting a Table Topper Quilt Workshop from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14. [Full Text]

Senior exercise class held Tuesdays, Thursdays

An exercise class designed for seniors continues its 15th year at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. The class is held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All exercises are done standing or sitting in a chair. The focus is on balance, range of motion and strength. Wear comfortable clothes. For more information, call 501-492-1456.

Driver course is scheduled for March 6 in Jonesboro

An AARP 55 Alive (Smart Driver) Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging’s Jonesboro location at 2005 E. Highland Drive, Building E. [Full Text]