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Boots on the ground
Tim herr Director of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

Wars are often won or lost depending upon the performance of your “boots on the ground.” This paper, and others, have repeatedly shown that Arkansas is ranked No. 1 in senior hunger of all the 50 states. [Full Text]

Senate citation for pillar of community

Official praise by the state of Arkansas has been given to Kay Greenway of Paragould for her service and loyalty benefiting the state’s senior citizens. [Full Text]

South Korea honors fallen

Betty Bradshaw was one member of the 26 families that visited South Korea in May as a guest of the South Korean government, which hosted Americans whose relatives died fighting in the Korean War. [Full Text]

North Arkansas Senior Housing-Gravette Safe Room Open House

A good crowd came out March 12 for an open house at the new safe room at the North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette complex. [Full Text]

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August 2015 - Volume 4 - Number 2

Tribal Arts appraiser John Buxton talks about a wood-carved Nigerian storage chest brought by Martha of Arkansas to the Little Rock event held July 25.

Antiques show stops here
By Sarah Campbell Arkansas Aging staff writer

Our guide led us through a veritable sea of intriguing items around 5,000 brought to “Antiques Roadshow” appraisers July 25 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. All seemed happy to stand around in the cool room filled with cameras and tables. After all, they were chosen from the 13,950 who sought tickets, all of which were free. About 125 volunteers milled about. They were allowed to have two items appraised and agreed to contribute 12 hours of unpaid labor for the perk. [Full Text]

“To Everything There is a Season”
Tim herr Director of the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas

I was stunned recently to learn that two men whom I admire and respect have been diagnosed with cancer. One with a recurrence of prostate cancer which has spread to the bone, and one with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Both are about my age. The latter has been the picture of health; no bad habits, exercises regularly, eats well, not over or under weight. Both are now receiving chemotherapy in hopes of stopping their potentially fatal illnesses. [Full Text]

Doubling down on an end to senior hunger
By Deborah Horn Special to Arkansas Aging

It’s complicated, really, and many complain that the payoff is hardly worth the effort. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, called SNAP, is available to eligible, low-income people, including seniors, and in 2008, it officially replaced the federal Food Stamp Program. “The new name reflects the changes we’ve made to meet the needs of our clients, including a focus on nutrition and an increase in benefit amounts,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). [Full Text]

Second annual memorial trail ride set for Sept. 19

The White River Area Agency on Aging will be sponsoring the second annual Ray Gentry Memorial Trail Ride Sept. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. at Rafter D Ranch, located in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, Ark. Rafter D Ranch has over 30 miles of beautiful wooded trails and park-like facilities that are sure to provide fun for the whole family. [Full Text]

Searching for home health care just got easier
By Bob Moos U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Southest regional public affairs officer

Medicare has just begun publishing star ratings for home health care agencies to help consumers tell the good providers from the bad. Medicare pays for health care you receive in the comfort and privacy of your home if you meet certain requirements. You must be homebound, under a physician’s care and in need of part-time skilled nursing care or rehabilitative services. One in 10 people with traditional Medicare relies on home health services in a given year. A third of all home visits are for patients released from the hospital but still requiring attention. The other two-thirds are for people trying to stay out of the hospital in the first place. [Full Text]

New resource for caregivers

Visiting Angels this week is introducing a Family Learning Center on its website,, making it easier for family caregivers to find training and support resources to help them better care for the needs of their loved ones at home. [Full Text]

Agency providing heat relief center

White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be providing cooling centers and heat relief during local heat advisory warnings. [Full Text]