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Mother recalls end of horror

My 89-year-old mother spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16 at the assisted-living facility in Florida where she lives. [Full Text]

UV rays can cause many health problems

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays has long been linked to skin cancer. But another potential casualty is healthy eyesight. [Full Text]

WRAAA holds first Senior Quiz Bowl Tournament

In part of an effort to increase the range and balance of wellness types that senior centers offer, White River Area Agency on Aging hosted its first Senior Center Quiz Bowl tournament on April 24th. [Full Text]

Mural planned to honor all vets in Beebe
By jeffrey smith Leader staff writer

The Wilbur D. Mills Educational Services Cooperative building in Beebe will soon be the canvas of a mural honoring military veterans. The city council recently approved ASU-Beebe art instructor Thomas Fernandez’ request to paint a mural on the downtown building. [Full Text]

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May 2015 - Volume 3 - Number 12

James “Tinker” Siler of Bradford was presented the Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge last month at the White County Courthouse in Searcy.

Combat medic presented awards
Story and photos by Jeffrey Smith, Leader staff writer

Second World War veteran James “Tinker” Siler, 90, of Bradford was presented with the Bronze Star and the Combat Medical Badge during a ceremony April 29 at the White County Courthouse. Siler was a combat medic in the Battle of the Bulge. Siler was awarded the medals 70 years ago but never received them and time moved on. Later this year, Siler will be presented with the French Knight of Legion of Honor Medal at the French Embassy in Dallas. [Full Text]

May is Older Americans Month

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and making a positive impact on the lives of others. The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. [Full Text]

Fee per service vs. managed care
Tim herr Director of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson has appointed a task force to review and make recommendations for changes to Medicaid in the state. Right now all options are on the table. But there’s no doubt that our state Medicaid program needs to be “reformed”. Even with the current “private option” in place, the state probably can’t take the financial burden inherent in continuing on its present course. With that in mind, I’d like to examine both the current Medicaid system and one option that lawmakers will certainly strongly consider. [Full Text]

100 years of homemakers clubs
By Eileen Feldman Arkansas Aging managing editor

Elizabeth Griffin Hill of North Little Rock has written a remarkable little tome, “A Splendid Piece of Work 1912-2012,” which chronicles 100 years of Arkansas’ Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Clubs and, according to her introduction, the “bright, energetic, shrewd, sometimes heroic agents who helped Arkansas’ farm wives improve their lives during the early 20th century.” [Full Text]

Puttin’ on the Grits
Rick Kron Food editor

It may look plain and puny, but could bring peace on Earth “An inexpensive, simple and thoroughly digestible food, grits should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of grits is a man of peace,” proclaimed an editorial in a Southern newspaper way back in 1952. [Full Text]

SeniorNet of LR will offer several computer classes

SeniorNet of Little Rock will offer the following computer classes for ages 50 and up in June at the Donald W. Reynolds Center UAMS Institute on Aging in room 2156: [Full Text]

Fundraiser for Meals on WheelsBy jeffrey smith Leader staff writer

The Lonoke County Council on Aging held “Grills and Gowns” at the Carlisle Civic Center on May 2. [Full Text]