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Antipyschotropic drug initiative workshop

The East Arkansas Area Agency will be sponsoring an Antipyschotropic Drug Initiative Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at St. Bernards Auditorium in Jonesboro. [Full Text]

Financial planning workshop successful

 The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging held a financial planning workshop in March where more than 40 seniors received information concerning financial, legal and end-of-life issues. Aaron Heller, attorney with Owens, Mixon and Gramling was the speaker. [Full Text]

Mayor’s Day Recognition at Jonesboro City Hall

Mayor Harold Perrin set aside a day to honor volunteers in the community and to thank them for stepping up and helping out.

Annual bass tournament big success

Trey Hawkins of Hamburg and Chris Watkins of Crossett won the number one spot in the Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Benefit Bass Tournament held Saturday, March 28 on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. [Full Text]

Volunteers recognized

McCrory Mayor Doyle Fowler organized a reception at the new McCrory Branch Library on April 7 for Mayor’s Day Recognition of National Service in honor of volunteers with the White River Area Agency on Aging Foster Grandparent Project. [Full Text]

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April 2015 - Volume 3 - Number 11

CareLink Kitchen food service director Bill Mason and prep cook Ramone Fossette prepare meals to be delivered.

CareLink’s Meals on Wheels feeds 2,436
By Sarah Campbell - Arkansas Aging staff writer

CareLink’s Meals on Wheels program fed 2,436 seniors last year and delivered 298,027 lunches prepared by a registered dietician. Recipients must be at least 60 years old, but there are no income restrictions, according to CareLink development assistant Michelle Gilbert. The program is only available to Pulaski County residents. [Full Text]

No. 1 in senior hunger, but meals still cut
By Tim herr - Director of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

The political process is often hard to understand, and sometimes even more difficult to swallow. And there’s a piece of it stuck in my throat right now. Articles have frequently appeared in this newspaper, publicity has been on the news, and we’ve tried to educate the citizens of Arkansas that the state ranks Number 1 of all 50 states in senior hunger. Nevertheless, there has been a significant cut in funding for senior center meals programs. Moreover, we don’t know exactly how this happened. [Full Text]

‘Shades of Hunger’
By Tim Herr - Director of Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

Back many, many years ago, when I was in graduate school, I lived in a very cheap apartment. I supported myself with the small stipend I got from the university for being a graduate assistant. Paying for the place to live, including utilities and gas for my car, left little money for food. I survived those years on hot dogs and ramen noodles. I could get cheap wieners for about 59 to 79 cents a package. [Full Text]

To feed the hungry
By Aliya Feldman - Arkansas Aging staff writer

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Martin Caparros said, “We don’t know who they are. The people suffering from hunger are not our relatives, friends, co-workers; they probably don’t read this paper. We don’t know them, but, at the very least, we ought to know how many of them there are.” For those of you who are hungry or who know someone who is hungry, we are providing this list you can clip to save. There are many food pantries all over the state. If you don’t see a pantry near you, call your Area Agency on Aging to find out how you can get help to find food. Their numbers are: 870-741-1144 for northwest counties; 870-612-3000 for the White River (Batesville) region; 870-972-5980 for eastern counties; 870- 543- 6300 for southeast counties; 501-372-5300 in central Arkansas; 501-321-281 in west central Arkansas (Hot Springs) and 870-234-7410 in southwest Arkansas. [Full Text]

Egg-cellent dining a must
By Rick Kron - food editor

I love Easter eggs. OK, truth be known, chocolate bunnies and peeps come first, then it’s time to hit those hard-boiled eggs. More than 600 million eggs are sold ever year in the United States in March and April, most to be used in some form for Easter. It’s reported that each and every American devours two dozen during Easter. Most of those are probably hard boiled, and many are decorated. [Full Text]

Medical, legal ethics workshop set for May 8

The Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas is proud to present a workshop on medical and legal ethics for healthcare providers and family caregivers Friday, May 8 on the University of Arkansas Cossatot Campus at DeQueen. [Full Text]