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My Hospice Journey By Charles Broadbent

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ospice is a natural part of the healthcare continuum. Hospice eases pain and discomfort and focuses on the quality of life, at the end of life. Using a specialized team of physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers, hospice helps both patient and family. The team approach assures care for the whole person--their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The Medicare hospice benefit becomes an option when a patient has a terminal illness and six months or less to live. Many do not start hospice care until the last days of life. This is partly due to lack of understanding about hospice services. About half of hospice patients miss the full hospice benefit because of fear that hospice is a place to die. Hospice can be provided in the home, a nursing home, assisted living, hospital or inpatient hospice center. Only a third of Medicare beneficiaries use the hospice benefit. Many say they wish they had entered hospice sooner; and wished their doctor had talked to them about hospice services. Patients who enter hospice at an earlier stage in their disease can actually improve their quality of life. Some patients improve enough to be discharged. This happened to my father. Just six weeks into my hospice career, I took my Dad to the Emergency Room (ER) for blood loss. The following week I took Mom to the same ER for CHF. Both entered Hospice Home Care (HHC) in February, 2011. Mom passed away 10 days later, in our home surrounded by her family, as her wishes directed. Dad actually got better and was discharged in May. After a good summer, he reentered HHC in September, 2011, dying peacefully in his sleep 10 days later.

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ne of the misunderstandings about hospice is that the patient “gives up.” This is not the case. By providing comfort, pain relief and support, there can be improvement in the quality of life of whatever time is left. Hospice helps ease the transition from earth to eternity. During our family’s hospice experience, the nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers all became part of our family as they cared for and supported us. It was a blessing to be comforted by such a wonderful team of professionals. Death and dying are topics we don’t talk about, but we should. Please consider hospice referral sooner for your loved ones, and learn about hospice during November, National Hospice Month. For more information visit info@hospicehomecare.com Mr. Broadbent is director of community education for Hospice Home Care.

Mature Arkansas Publisher Alan Leveritt Editor Anne Wasson Art Director Mike Spain Photographer Brian Chilson Graphic Artist Bryan Moats Director of sales Katherine Daniels account executive Jeff Borg

Circulation Director Anitra Hickman ad Coordinators Roland Gladden Kelly Schlachter Production Manager Weldon Wilson Production Assistant Tracy Whitaker Office Manager Angie Fambrough Billing and Collections Linda Phillips

Mature Arkansas is published monthly by Arkansas Times Limited Partnership, 201 E. Markham St., P. O. Box 34010, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203, phone 501-375-2985. Reproduction or use, in whole or in part, of the contents without the written consent of the publisher is prohibited. Manuscripts and artwork will not be returned unless sufficient return postage and a self-addressed stamped envelope are included. The publisher assumes no responsibility for care or safe return of unsolicited materials. All letters will be treated as intended for publication and are subject to Mature Arkansas’ unrestricted right to edit or to comment editorially. All contents copyrighted 2012 Mature Arkansas. MATURE ARKANSAS

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hat’s the most valuable credit card in your wallet? If you’re over 65 like me, it’s your Medicare card—so valuable that you probably shouldn’t carry it in your wallet. Your Medicare card opens the door to hundreds of thousands of dollars of healthcare services from doctors, hospitals and health professionals nationwide. We’ve all heard cautionary tales of identity theft and criminals who can run up huge credit card bills in your name, empty your bank accounts, and destroy your credit rating. But we don’t hear enough about

By Gloria Gordon

medical identity theft. Thieves can use your Medicare number to get medical treatment, prescription drugs and major surgery. There’s a huge criminal enterprise built around using stolen Medicare numbers to charge for healthcare services never provided at all. Each year, unscrupulous providers steal an estimated $70 billion from Medicare and Medicaid. We all have a responsibility to protect our Medicare benefits and keep Medicare costs low. If you thought Medicare billing errors were not your problem, think again. As taxpayers, we all pay for Medicare fraud that drives up costs and increases annual deductibles and monthly premiums. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)— administrators for Medicare and Medicaid—has new authority under the Affordable Care Act to crack down on fraudulent providers and screen potential healthcare providers to avoid paying fraudulent claims.

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What can you do? • Protect your Medicare number. Never give it to people you don’t know. Never give it to a caller who says he represents Medicare. Medicare will not call you. • Never accept medical services or supplies from door-to-door salespersons, especially if they ask you for your Medicare number. Medicare never solicits door-todoor. • Avoid providers who say an item or service is not usually covered, but they “know how to bill Medicare.” • When you see an advertisement that promises, “all costs are covered,” don’t believe it. Healthcare services are rarely free. • Always review Medicare statements to be sure you received the services that were billed. • If you suspect an error in your Medicare bill or you want to do more about preventing healthcare fraud, contact the Arkansas Senior Medicare Patrol at 866-726-2916 (www.daas.ar.gov/asmp.html). Ms. Gordon is an active advocate and volunteer for the Ark. Senior Medicare Patrol, AARP and for people with disabilities.

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health n By Jeanne Wei , M D , P hD

Baby Boomers Urged to Get Tested Hep C infections highest for boomers A

pproximately 15,000 people die each year from complications caused by hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver damage that subsequently leads to a liver transplant. More than 75% of American adults with hepatitis C are likely to be baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just issued a recommendation that all baby boomers should receive one blood test to check for hepatitis C, unless they already know they are infected.

Boomers are disproportionately affected by hepatitis C because they may have received blood transfusions before the blood supply was routinely screened for viruses 20 years ago. A significant number of baby boomers “came of age” before there was widespread awareness of the risks of unprotected sex and/ or needle sharing. Both the rising incidence of deaths from hepatitis C and the availability of drugs to treat it have now prompted the CDC to make these new testing recommendations.

Why Boomers? The CDC is targeting baby boomers because, of the 3.2 million Americans who are infected with hepatitis C, most were likely infected over 20 years ago and are not aware they may be infected.

Causes of hepatitis There are many causes of liver inflammation, or hepatitis: Viral infection from hepatitis A, B, or C virus (more rarely, hepatitis D or E), immune disorders and alcohol and other drugs,

such as Tylenol (acetaminophen). Anyone can get hepatitis C by coming in contact with blood that contains the hepatitis C virus. Chronic hepatitis C Once infected, the immune system begins to fight the hep C virus. For most people the virus stays in the body for a long time, causing chronic hepatitis C. The virus invades healthy liver cells and signals the immune system to attack, which then causes inflammation or swelling of the liver. With chronic hepatitis C, this continuous inflammation damages liver cells, eventually killing them and leaving behind scar tissue. Over time, extensive scarring (called cirrhosis) may make it harder for the liver to function properly and may eventuContinued on page 6 ally lead to liver failure.

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The aging process can take its toll on loved ones and caregivers. Depression, anxiety and grief can strain even the strongest family ties. Counseling can help both patients and family caregivers. At Conway Regional Senior Evaluation & Counseling Center we offer counseling services for adults 65 and over as well as support for their families to help ease the strain and anxiety. We offer: • skills for coping with depression to help change negative beliefs and feelings into a positive, healthy mindset • techniques for dealing with anxiety and anxious thoughts • grief resolution therapy, with emphasis on moving through the stages of the personal grieving process • improved communication between family members, with emphasis on healing and listening

• support for spouses and children of memory-loss patients, emphasizing coping skills and new, positive ways to interact with loved ones.

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health n Baby Boomers U r ge d to Get T este d Continued from page 5

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Symptoms of Hep C Any type of hepatitis may cause you to lose weight, have abdominal discomfort and lose appetite. Hepatitis C usually gives few clues as to how much damage it may be causing. The virus may be damaging your liver but you may not look or feel sick or have any symptoms. In some patients, signs of liver damage can show up as early as five years after diagnosis. For others, it may not show up for 20 years after exposure to the virus. With chronic hep C, the liver damage may be unpredictable, advancing

slowly in some patients and rapidly in others. What you can do If you were born between 1945 and 1965, ask your doctor to order this simple hepatitis C blood test. It may help prevent potentially serious complications. Dr. Wei is executive director, Reynolds Institute on Aging; chair, Reynolds Dept. of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

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Live better with in-home Care Quantity of Life

Individuals receiving care at home are more independent, productive, mentally aware, and generally live a more peaceful life than individuals receiving facility care.

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Most seniors appreciate maintaining their independence and continuing to have the choice to enjoy social activities when and where they want.

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Care at home is often much less than care received in a facility.

epatitis A (HAV) is usually contracted by consuming contaminated food or water. There is a vaccine available to prevent it. It does not progress to a chronic infection. Hepatitis B (HBV) is blood-borne and contracted through exchange of body fluids such as sexual contact, sharing needles, razor blades, toothbrushes, infected tattoo equipment, or--before 1992--blood transfusions. There is a vaccine to prevent it, which is now routinely given to children. Hepatitis B can progress to chronic infection causing cirrhosis (permanent liver damage) and liver cancer. There are drugs to treat HBV. Hepatitis C (HCV) is blood-borne and can progress to chronic infection, cirrhosis and cancer--often many years after the original exposure. There is no vaccine to prevent it but there are drugs that can cure up to 75% of infections.

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ur livers usually experience mild changes as we age. This organ may lose weight, and the number of liver cells may decrease. There may be less blood flow and it may not regenerate itself as well after an injury. Injuries may be caused by an infection or disease that leads to scarring. Older livers may also be more sensitive to injury from medicines such as antibiotics, acetaminophen and anesthetics.

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oney can heal serious skin infections, according to new research reported in Scientific American. Many otherwise harmless bacteria live on our skin. After surgery or a skin wound, these bacteria can infect the wound, including a common type of strep can lead to wounds that will not heal. Honey, especially if made by bees foraging on Manuka flowers, stopped this strep infection. Hospital-acquired infections are far too common and continue to develop resistance to standard antibiotic treatments. Researchers added that honey could be used to prevent wounds from becoming infected in the first place.


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Shiloh, Still a Good Neighbor EDITOR’S NOTE: Almost a year ago, MATURE ARKANSAS (Dec. 1, 2011 issue) told you about “Good Neighbor Shiloh,” the newspaper-delivering, trash-picking-up, kid-greeting dog in Hot Springs. Many of you have asked, “How’s Miss Shiloh? Is she still delivering papers?” Here’s an update.

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hen the morning paper didn't make it from the sidewalk to my mailbox three days in a row, I knew Shiloh was in trouble. For the past decade the committed yellow Labrador has been a neighborhood fixture, delivering newspapers, picking up trash and greeting first the owner’s grand kids, and now great-grandkids at the school bus stop. You could see her slowing a bit as she walked her daily patrol with owner 74-year-old Buddy Midkiff. I expected the worst as Buddy came up my walk with a different dog. But no, it was close but Shiloh was alive and recovering. Buddy said he would try to walk her tomorrow. Her vet, Dr. Dent Burks, said she had a stroke-like episode.

By Cal Wasson

A half dozen neighbors came out to welcome her back this glorious October day as she trudged up the hill to the school bus stop. The happy homecoming with the children over, she tugged toward my sidewalk to check if a paper needed tending. Her time is short and watching closely you can see a bit more pain, a bit more effort that has to be made. But you can also see that for Shiloh, she has a job to do; it was a good, good day and really, what else is there?

Call CareLink at 501-372-5300 or 800-482-6359 Beverly and her coworkers at CareLink’s Information & Assistance office are skilled in

Ronson Lisanti, 9 (left) and owner’s great-grandson Mason Bolin, 8, both of Hot Springs, greet Shiloh on her first trip to the school bus stop since her stroke. Photo by Julie Alexander.

helping older people and their families find services. We provide information and assistance to make sure you get the services you need, whether they come from CareLink or another agency. Last year more than 18,000 people in Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline

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Counties were CareLinked with information and resources to help them stay active and independent. Make a call to CareLink or visit carelink.org to get help without feeling helpless.

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Events Highlight the Holiday Mood By A.H. Wasson

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Overlooking the Buffalo River from the Goat Trail

N o v. 8 — L e a r n H o w t o Compost, presented by Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality; 5301 Northshore Dr, North Little Rock; 11:30 AM. FREE and open to the public (bring your own lunch). Seating is limited; call Audree at 682-0015 for reservations. Includes how and where to build a compost pile, maintaining it, the dos and don’ts of composting, and more. N o v. 17 — C e m e t e ry Preservation Information Fair, hosted by Ark. Historic Preservation Program; Morrison Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St, Little Rock; noon-4:00 PM; FREE; call 324-9148.

org and enter “Veterans” at promotion code prompt for 50% off.

Nov. 3-24—“Hike the Buffalo,” guided hikes every Sat. morning in Nov.; meet at Hotel Seville lobby, downtown Harrison; 8:00 AM; carpool to hike sites: Nov. 3-Buffalo River Trail; Nov. 10-Hawks Bill Crag Trail; Nov. 17-Lost Valley Trail and Nov. 24-Steel Creek Trail. All ages welcome; trails rated “easy.” FREE, call 870-7411789. For lodging visit HarrisonArkansas.org

N ow t h r o u g h N ov. 28— SeniorNet Classes include: Fundamentals For Beginners; The Internet; Intro. to Computers; Genealogy-Legacy 7. At Reynolds Institute on Aging, UAMS campus, 629 Jack Stephens Dr., Little Rock. $45 per class ($75 for couples), manuals $15. Two-hour classes meet twice/wk. for 4 wks; no classes Thanksgiving week. If you have to miss a class, coaches will help you catch up. Call 603-1262.

Nov. 9—Mac iPhoto Workshop, also offered by Little Rock SeniorNet at location above; 2-3:30 PM; $15. Learn how to import and manage photos with Mac computers. Call 501-603-1262. Nov.—FREE Fitness Classes, open to the public, in North Little Rock at Community Center, 2700 Willow St. (791-8541); Sherman Park Rec. Center, 624 Beech St. (340-5373); Glenview Rec. Center, 4800 E. 19th St. (9452921) and North Heights Rec. Center, 4801 Allen St. (791-8576). Call for class schedules; NO registration or center membership required. Nov.—Ark. Master Naturalists’application for training now open; classes fill up by Dec. All are welcome; no degree or

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science training needed. Tuition is $135 plus $30 for first year’s dues and includes 60 hours of instruction and field trips. Call Darcia Routh at 501-661-2856 or arkansasmasternaturalists.org Nov.—Yoga classes; Quapaw Community Center, 500 Quapaw Ave., Hot Springs; call 501-623-9922. Nov.—Conversational Spanish lessons; Oley Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Ct., Little Rock; meets every Mon. 6:00-7:00 PM. For beginners; lots of review. FREE. Call 907-5991. Nov.—AARP’s Driver Safety Classes; teach defensive driving; course completion (no tests) guarantees a discount on auto insurance. FREE DURING NOV. for veterans or active duty members of US Armed Forces, Guard and Reserve, including spouses, widows and children. Download free coupon at aarp.org/ veterans and present it at time of payment. To take course online, go to aarpdriversafety.

Nov.—Zumba Gold classes modify for active older people the regular Zumba moves and pacing. Sponsored by CareLink.

Photo courtesy Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. — George Bernard Shaw

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In Little Rock: -UAMS Institute on Aging Ottenheimer Fitness Center, call 526-5779. -Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, call 664-4268. -Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, call 664-3600. -LifeQuest of Arkansas, 2nd Presbyterian Church, call 225-6073.

In North Little Rock: -Indian Hills Church, call 835-2838. -LakewoodUnitedMethodist Church, call 753-6186. NEW--Tai Chi class: Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, Tues/Thurs @ 4:30; call 529-2140.

GO WITH A FRIEND Nov. 2—Craft Beer Festival, showcases 150 beers from 30 breweries and 3 bands; 6:009:00 PM; North Little Rock Farmer’s Market at 6th & Main St. Admission limited, $35 tickets at ArkansasTimesCraftBeerFest.EventBrite. com ($40 at door). Nov. 2-4—Ark. Audubon Society’s Fall Convention, Texarkana Convention Center, $20 registration (open to non-members; under age 16 free) includes birding field trips, keynote speakers and networking with other birders. Visit www.arbirds.org/ Hotel reservations, Hilton Garden Inn 903-792-1065. Nov. 17-18—35th Annual Holiday Crafts & Gift Sale, Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Dr.; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat. and noon-5:00 Sun.


Nov. 18—Holiday Home Tour, a self-guided tour featuring holiday décor by local designers; $10 ticket includes progressive dinner with cocktails and live entertainment; at E. O. Manees House, 216 W. 4th St., North Little Rock. Call 972-1436. Nov. 19—“Preservation Conversations,” Quapaw Quarter Association, 5:00 PM beer and wine; program 5:30-6:30, Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave; FREE. Discussion continues over dinner at Copper Grill. Call 371-0075. Nov. 13-Dec. 31—“Pajama Tops” (PG), a romantic comedy; Murray’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Rd,. Little Rock. Dinner 6:00 PM; curtain 7:45 on Tues.-Sat.; Sun. matinees. Call 562-3131 for reservations. Nov., Fri. & Sat. nights—Family-friendly, original live comedy at The Joint; 301 Main St., North Little Rock; 8:00 PM; $20, reservations recommended, 372-0205.

Nov. 27-29—Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock; 7:30 PM; call 492-3316 or visit celebrityattractions.com for tickets. Nov. 29- Dec. 1—Festival of Trees, a holiday fundraiser for CARTI, a variety of events include a “forest” of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Call 660-7616. Dec. 1—Jacksonville Christmas Parade, Main St, 1:00 PM; benefits Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club. Dec. 2—Holiday Open House, Old State House Museum, 300W. Markham, Little Rock; 1:00 PM-4:30 PM; refreshments, decorations, and children’s games and crafts. Call 324-9685.

See it before it closes November 25!

Nov. 30—The Village Chorale Holiday Concert, Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, 6:00 PM, FREE, call 501-262-9615. Dec. 1 through 24—Gift Wrapping Fundraiser, benefits SCAT (Senior Citizens Activities Today); McCain Mall, North Little Rock and Barnes & Noble, 11500 Financial Center Parkway, Little Rock (B & N on Dec. 17-20 & 24 only). Open during business hours. Discount for multiple packages; gifts do not have to be purchased at either location—bring them from home; wrapped for a donation.

TAKE THE GRANDKIDS Nov. 17-Dec. 31—Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights display, Hot Springs; 5:00-9:00 PM. This is the don’t miss display of the season with 1.8 million lights that transform 15 acres into a great event for the whole family; $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free under age 5. Call 501-262-9300. Nov. 17-Jan. 5—River Market on Ice (ice-skating), 400 Pres. Clinton Ave., Little Rock; $9 for everyone over age 5, free for under age 4, skate rental included. Weekdays 4:00-9:00 PM; Sat. 10:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sun. noon-8:00 PM. Call 375-2552. Nov. 26-Dec. 30—Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Holiday Lights, a drive-thru trail over a mile long; FREE but donations welcome.

November — AARP's Driver Safety Classes Refresher safety course teaches defensive driving and completion guarantees a discount on auto insurance. Date 6th 7th 8th 10th 12th 12th 13th 14th 14th 15th 17th 18th 27th 29th

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ART Now through Dec. 1— “And the Band Played On,” an exhibition of Kevin Cole’s mixed media sculpture and paintings, Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., Suite C, Little Rock. Weekdays 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat. 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. FREE. Call 372-6822. Now through Dec. 14—”Indian Ink:  Native Printmakers,” in the J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art,” Sequoyah National Research Center, UALR’s University Plaza, University and Col. Glenn, Little Rock; weekdays 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM; FREE. Call 501-569-8336. Nov.—Arkansas Arts Center exhibits, 9th & Commerce St., Little Rock; FREE, call 372-4000 or visit arkarts.com

Exhibits include: Now through Jan. 6—“Multiplicity,” an exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection Now through Jan. 6—“The Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for 50 States,” contemporary art exhibit includes FREE drop-in tours on Saturdays 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM and Sundays I:00 & 2:30 PM. Now through Nov. 11—“Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 2000s,” features some of the 3,649 works of art purchased in last decade. Nov. 17—Ark. Arts Center’s Museum School Sale, Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Col. Glenn Rd., Little Rock; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Teachers and students sell original artwork. Cash and checks only. FREE parking and admission. Nov. 21-Jan. 6—Toys Designed by Artists, an international juried exhibition of Ark. Arts Center. FREE Nov. 9—Second Friday Art Night, open house at downtown Little Rock art galleries and museums includes art, entertainment from 5:00-8:00 PM; FREE Nov. 16—Argenta ArtWalk, every third Friday, features galleries’open house; 300-700 blocks of Main St., North Little Rock; 5:00-8:00 PM; FREE, call 993-1234. Now through Nov. 30—“The Art of Music Show,” an art exhibit with a musical theme, Hays Senior Center, 401 W. Pershing, North Little Rock; FREE

Free Admission for Military & Families November 11, 2012 • Veterans Day 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Library will be offered on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day to all military personnel and their immediate families to honor their sacrifice and service to our nation.

Nov. 2 to Dec. 9--One of the Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell, now on display in“Home for the Holidays,”an exhibit of his most memorable holiday illustrations; Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, FREE, call 758-1720. 1 2 0 0 P r e s id e n t C lin t o n A v e n u e • Li t t le R o c k , A R 7 2 2 0 1 Exhibition was organized by Norman Rockwell Museum in 5 0 1 3 7 4 4 2 4 2 • c lin t o n p r e s id e n t ia lc e n t e r . o r g Stockbridge, Mass.

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Now through Dec. 30—“Journey through History,” historical Hot Springs photo exhibit, HS Convention Center; FREE; call 501-321-2277. Now through Dec. 24—The Story Teller, an exhibit of new paintings by John Deering; Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock; call 224-1335. Third Thurs.—Conway ArtWalk; downtown Conway; 5:00-8:00 PM; FREE. Call 501-329-8249. Third Fri.—Antique/Boutique Walk, historical downtown Hot Springs; FREE; call 501-624-4083.

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First Fri.—Gallery Walk in historic downtown Hot Springs; FREE; call 501-624-0550.

MUSEUMS Now through Nov. 25—“Dorothy Rodham &Virginia Kelley;” Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 Pres. Clinton Ave., Little Rock; call 374-4242. Now through Jan. 5—“A Voice Through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’Black Community by Ralph Armstrong;” Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock; call 683-3620. Also at Mosaic Templars Center: Nov. 8—Lecture by Hari Jones on the importance of African-American contributions during the American Civil War; 6:00 PM Nov. 10—Family Fun Saturday; storytellers and an audience participation drum performance; 1:00-3:00 PM. Now through Jan. 1—“Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing Up in Ark.” tells the stories of regular Arkansans from 1890-1980; Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham; FREE; call 324-9685. Also at OSHM, now through Feb. 1,“Battle Colors of Arkansas,” exhibit includes 18 rare Civil War flags. Now through Jan. 6—Historic Arkansas Museum includes exhibits ranging from Barbie to Bowie Knives; Indians in Arkansas to puppet theatre; 200 E. Third St., Little Rock; call 324-9351.

CRAFTING Mon.—Knitting Circle; Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle, Little Rock; 1:00 PM. FREE. All ages, all skill levels welcome. Call 821-3060.

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Mon.—Knits & Purls; Adolphine Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Dr., Little Rock, 5:00 PM; FREE, refreshments provided. Call 228-0129. Third Tues.—Sit & Stitch; Main Library, 5th Floor, 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock; Noon-1:00 PM; all skill levels of knitting, croquet, embroidery; FREE. 918-3000. Thurs.—Fiddlesticks Knitting Group; Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Dr., Sherwood; 1:00-3:00 PM; all skill levels. FREE. Call 835-7756 Fri.—Pinnacle Piecemakers Quilting Circle; RooseveltThompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle, Little Rock; all skill levels; 10:00 AM. FREE. Call 821-3060.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Conway—On-Line Farmers’Market at Conway.locallygrown. net Order Sun. - Tues. by 9:00 PM; pick up order on following Fri. 4:00-6:00 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell St. Annual membership $25 per household. Open all year. Hot Springs—Spa-City Co-Op. Visit spacity.locallygrown.net/ market for a huge assortment of food and other products; place order from Sat.-Tues. by 9:00 PM, every other week. Open all year. Visit ksholcomb@gmail.com

Carols, Cookies and Family Fun! sunday, december 2, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free admission

Hours: 9 am–5 pm, Monday–Saturday; 1 pm–5 pm, Sunday The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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MED ICAR E MAT T ER S n B y Sally J ohnson

Immunization Primer I

t’s important for adults to keep their immunizations current. Adult immunizations can prevent common, but potentially severe, illnesses such as pneumonia, shingles, and the flu. Medicare covers these important shots. The flu shot is the most frequent vaccine that adults need to get. All adults should get a flu shot every year, but it’s especially important for older adults because they are more likely to have serious complications or die from influenza. Medicare will pay for a flu shot each year, and you can get one easily from your doctor, from many pharmacies, and at county Health Department clinics. NOW is the time to get your flu shot to maximize your protection before flu season. Experts recommend the pneumonia shot for everyone over 65. For pneumonia, one shot protects most people for a lifetime. A booster may be recommended for those at higher risk. If you've already had a pneumonia shot, or if you can't remember, talk to your doctor. Unlike the flu shot, the pneumonia shot is available any time of year from your doctor. Shingles immunizations are also a one-time shot. Everyone 60 and over should get the shingles vaccination unless they are allergic to any of its ingredients or have a weakened immune system. Medicare Part D covers this vaccine, so check with your Part D plan about any deductible and/or copayment amount you may owe.

NOW is the time to get your flu shot to maximize your

protection before flu

season. You can get

one easily from

your doctor.

Other Ways to Stay Well

Photos.com, Catherine Yeulet

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n addition to receiving the right vaccines, here are simple steps you can take to prevent illness: • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the front and back of both hands. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to keep from spreading germs. • Avoid close contact with sick people. • If you are sick with flu–like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever ends without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.


MEDIC ARE M AT T E R S n B y Sally J ohnson

“Medicare Minutes” Needs You H

ave you ever talked with friends or a group or Sunday school class about something one of you doesn’t understand about Medicare? You can help answer their questions by becoming a volunteer for a program called Medicare Minutes. Medicare Minutes is an education campaign started by Arkansas’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). They’re using Medicare Minutes to help spread the word about important Medicare topics through groups where retirees already get together. Medicare can be confusing, but Medicare Minutes are easy to understand. Each month, a volunteer reads a short, pre-written presentation to a group of Medicare beneficiaries or their caregivers. Past topics have included Medicare fraud, preventive screenings, record keeping and

DID YOU KNOW...

how to read your Medicare Summary Notice. Volunteers make the presentations to groups they’re already involved with, such as a church circle or an AARP group. The volunteers get a script to read, as well as handouts to distribute. The handouts have more information and answers to common questions. Volunteer Gwen Wetzel reads the Medicare Minute each month at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center.“This program provides wonderful information to Medicare recipients and future recipients,”Wetzel says.“They learn where to go for help. We appreciate this free program.” Becoming a volunteer is easy. A half-hour training session can be done in person or over the phone. Volunteers take part in a half-hour monthly conference call to review the month’s

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or FREE personal counseling about your Medicare benefits, rights and options, call Arkansas’State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) toll free 800-224-6330.

topic. Volunteers should make at least one or two presentations each month, at times and locations the volunteer arranges. If you want to hear the Medicare Minute but can’t go to a meeting where someone is presenting it, you can listen to a monthly conference phone call where the presentation is read. This free call is scheduled for 10:00 AM on the third Tuesday of each month. Dates for the rest of 2012 are Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. To listen, dial toll free 800-390-5809 and enter the pass code 501-371-2785. For more information, call Melissa Simpson, SHIIP director, at 501-371-2782 or 800-2246330 or visit www.insurance.arkansas.gov/ Seniors/divpage.htm

Call Social Security toll free 800-772-1213 for questions about enrolling in Medicare or apply for Extra Help paying for prescriptions. Call Medicare toll free 800-633-4227.

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You Can Be a Philanthropist

The desire to help,

Photos.com, Marie Amélie bleja

ZEEK TAYLOR

By Anne H. Wasson

living the tenets of their faith, and the universal striving to “feel

good,” are a few reasons why people donate their time, talent and treasure. Anyone can be a philanthropist—just volunteer. “Give of your time; every little bit helps,” says philanthropist Karen Yezzi. The philanthropists profiled here are but a sample of the vast volunteer contributions Arkansans make every day. Many say the ambition to “get ahead,” that characterized their careers in middle age, begins to drop away with maturity. Now they find their motivation to help others is stronger than ever, and for many, now defines their free time. Arkansas state government tracks a portion of the volunteer contributions. Its last report shows nearly 23 million hours were donated to 767 organizations, at an estimated value of almost half a million dollars. Had the state paid to provide the services donated by volunteers, an additional $10.1 billion in personal income would have been required to generate that sum in state general tax revenues. Society cannot begin to pay for all the time these philanthropists donate. Nor would we want to. What volunteers gain is unique and precious. It sustains them in a way no other activity can. Both retirees and those still working full-time say “giving back” inspires them, gives meaning to their lives and has become the bright spot of their day.

Bob and Georgia Sells with granddaughter Anna-Lee Pitman. Photo by Mike Sells.

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BOB SELLS

has spent 45 years promoting the arts, much of it as a volunteer. His love of art and mentoring of artists won him the Arkansas Arts Council’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award last month. Arkansas A r t s C o u n c i l E xe c u t i ve Director Joy Pennington explains why: “Zeek is a true steward of the arts. He loves sharing his ideas, knowledge and marketing skills with other artists; helping them succeed. He is not only a brilliant artist, but also a mentor and advocate for the arts.” A former public school art teacher, Taylor, 66, is executive director of the Eureka Springs Artists Registry, a nonprofit online registry that markets more than 430 artists. He also authors a monthly newsletter that promotes artists and art activities in Arkansas. Taylor thinks creatively to promote the arts, arts education, selling works of art and the mentoring of artists. He co-founded the White Street Studio Walk in Eureka Springs 22 years ago. He organizes the annual Artigras Art exhibition in Eureka Springs, now in its third year, and he represents

says, “During a recent illness, a good friend told me that, as I approach the last bend in the river of life, at least I couId look back and not feel guilty about how I had spent my time in this world. How wrong he was. I have experienced way too much laziness, selfindulgence and greed through the years.” That last statement belies now Bob Sells chooses to spend his time. Sells, 79, began volunteering right after college. “Almost 60 years later, it seems to fall into two main categories: The Arthritis Foundation and the Methodist Church.” Sells adds, “There were other things that got my attention, but none lasted as long as those two.” Sells, of Little Rock, cites two reasons for his long-time involvement with arthritis. “The Arthritis Foundation was because of Don Riggin and the fact that many of my best friends--then and now--came from that clan of overly active men and women. So many of those good friends suffered themselves, or their wives, or their moms and dads; even their children. No one was there just because it was fun--which it was—but to try to make life easier for arthritis patients.” “So often we, as a Board, were told we had the best group of volunteers in Arkansas; maybe even in America. Yet there was a not a single


arts businesses as a board member of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. He is currently scouting airports for free art exhibit space. Taylor has earned numerous awards for his art and it is displayed in private collections nationwide, including the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. He frequently donates his art to charity fundraisers. Taylor’s philosophy is simple: “By working together for a common goal, we are all elevated.” Taylor says his parents were always generous to others in need. “They set a wonderful example and through them, I saw the rewards that giving can bring. I now live in Eureka Springs, a place that always rises to support the needs of others, me included,” he says. “It just feels darn good to ‘pay back’ for the loving support that I personally have received.” He says he is motivated to help other artists because he shares their dream of making a career in Zeek Taylor — artist, art. “There is nothing better than mentor and advocate receiving a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the arts — with for work done,” he says. one of his paintings. “Artists enjoy the creative aspects of art but find marketing a difficult task. I try educate and encourage artists to push forward in that difficult task. Taylor’s volunteer work has enhanced the northwest Arkansas When an artist tells me that I have helped them in their career, inspired economy. “My time not only helps the local art economy, but visitors them to move forward, I know I’m helping them live their dream. I realize spend money in restaurants and for lodging,” he explains. “The art how important ‘making it’ as an artist is for the creative soul,” he says. industry in Northwest Arkansas has boomed, thanks to Crystal Bridges Taylor’s Artists Registry monthly online newsletter “goes out to (Museum of American Art in Bentonville) and the increasing awareness more than 1,100 online subscribers—mostly artists, but many of the of the region as an art mecca.” He says art jobs have more than tripled, readers are art-interested subscribers and some from as far away as as has art revenue in the area. Eureka Springs is now listed by American England and the Netherlands,” he says. “While the focus is to gain Style magazine as one of the Top Arts Destinations in the nation. “I am exposure for artists and art activities, it also promotes northwest thankful, no matter how small my contribution may have been, that I Arkansas as a place to see art, see art made and a place to buy art.” have played a part in making that happen,” he says.

“I realize how

important ‘making it’ as an artist is for the creative soul.”

rich and powerful person in the group,” Sells recalls. “We loved what we were doing and who we were doing it with.”  Sells says he has spent the most time helping others “under the banner of the Methodist Church. In my opinion, the Methodist Church, and especially my local congregation at Pulaski Heights United Methodist, emphasizes both the spiritual life you should grow into, as well as the teachings of Jesus.” Sells says his church teaches “... love for our fellow man as being most important.” “I came from a church that thought the saving of souls was all that counted,” he says. “My wife forced Methodism on me and that’s where philanthropy and volunteerism took hold in my life.”

Sells says he likes volunteering at Pulaski Heights because, “...you can choose exactly what kinds of activities appeal to you and take off with help from professionals on the staff or fellow church members.” Sells sees volunteerism as an antidote to

gotta do is raise your hand and become a part of the volunteer community where you live. The scope of jobs available runs the gamut from skilled to unskilled,” Sells advises. He says the right motivation is important to volunteer endeavors. “To be a philanthropist or volunteer, one thing is necessary,” he says. “You have to sacrifice to some extent. You can’t be greedy and you can’t do it because the local paper might use your photo in the Sunday profile section. You can’t do it just because your company says it is necessary if you want to get ahead. You gotta’ have heart. If your heart is involved, that’s when you’ll be the happiest as a volunteer.” 

You gotta’ have heart. If your heart is involved, that’s

when you’ll be the happiest as a volunteer.”  loneliness. “I often think how many people say they are lonely. And they shouldn’t be! My church and others in the community are there to get us out of loneliness, into involvement with those who need help,” he says. “All you

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Horace Springer, (center) welcomes special Clinton friends Debra and Jim Farar of Pacific Palisades, CA, to the Clinton Presidential Center.

HORACE L. SPRINGER, III

focuses his volunteer time on the Clinton Library and Ward Chapel AME in Little Rock. He says the tours he leads as a Clinton Center volunteer, “Just leave me bursting with energy when I get home. It pumps me up. When I walk up there and look up at the library, it gives me a pep in my step.” A soft-spoken man, the Little Rock native says his enthusiasm, “seems to increase the power of my voice. The day just flies by.” Springer, 54, leads tours every Sunday afternoon at the Clinton Center and an occasional special tour. One morning he was asked to lead a VIP tour of special friends of President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The guests mentioned they would be dining that evening at an event at Fourty Two, the Center’s restaurant. Springer promised to show them where the restaurant was at the end of the tour. When he opened the doors of Fourty Two, there were the Clintons. Their friends were able

to join them and Springer received a hearty thanks from the party. Springer says he’s motivated to volunteer because it’s uplifting to honor the “important work Mr. Clinton has done since he left the White House.” Springer says several visitors have told him that they would not be alive if not for President Clinton’s international aid programs. “What he’s doing now touches

“They are charmed by the city. It’s more than

they expected and they’re impressed

at how friendly people are.”

me more. It’s the wind beneath my wings,” Springer says. “It’s more important to me (to volunteer) as I grow older,” Springer says. “We each choose to be volunteers.” Springer works full time on weekdays but thinks of his Sunday tours as one of the high points of his week.

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One of his duties as tour guide is to answer guests’ questions about Little Rock. “I feel like an ambassador for the city of Little Rock and want to make new friends for the Clinton Center,” he says. Springer says many tourists are surprised at what they find in Little Rock. “They are charmed by the city. It’s more than they expected and they’re impressed at how friendly people are.” Volunteer work was “...always a part of our family. Faith instructs us to improve the lives of others and make this a better place.” He says Springer Boulevard, near the airport, was named to honor his grandfather Horace L. Springer, a minister. “I was born in 1957, during the crisis, and have always felt a kinship with what all that meant,” Springer recalls. “I feel like the torch has been passed to me to live up to my grandfather’s legacy. And to live up to what the Clintons are doing; their work is so vital,” he says. Springer also paints and he usually has one of his portraits hanging in the volunteers’ lounge. “This Center has given me so many opportunities,” he adds.


MISSY BORNHOFEN

is a founding volunteer at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. She says, “I’ve been here since the beginning,” and she does “whatever is necessary, as all the volunteers do.” She especially enjoys working at the visitors and membership services desk and helps visitors with everything-from speaking with them in their native Spanish (she grew up in Central America) to recommending restaurants or other points of interest in central Arkansas. “The Library has been a wonderful draw for Little Rock. It is helping the area and attracts people from all over the country and the world,” Bornhofen says. She likes this international flavor. “Just yesterday, there were Buddhist Monks in their saffron robes coming over the bridge to the Library and we also had visitors from Holland,” she says. “It’s a wonderful place to gather and enjoy the best of Arkansas,” she says. Bornhofen, 77, spends about four hours a week volunteering at the Center and comes in for special events too. When her three children were younger, she volunteered in the public schools and was also a long-time volunteer at the Arkansas Arts Center Library. B o r n h o f e n s ays s h e was drawn to the Clinton Presidential Center because she admires former-President Clinton’s work. “And after the presidency, he went on to do even greater things to improve conditions all over the world.” She describes her job there as “a goodwill ambassador—we all are. We keep our smiles on and enjoy the work. I wish more people in Arkansas would come see the Center. It is not just focused on President Clinton but works on national and world issues too,” she explains. “It’s very satisfying work. It makes you feel good to help others,” she says. “I love it!” Bornhofen believes it is part of the American personality to volunteer and try to help others. “We have hosted international visitors in our home and they are just amazed that we spend time, for no money, volunteering. That’s not something that’s done in many foreign countries,” she says. “Let’s hope we can get volunteering started worldwide.” “There will never be enough money to do all that volunteers do and there will always be a need,” she says. “Others have done far more than I have, but every little bit helps, whether contributing money or doing it yourself. Just get out and start helping,” she advises. Bornhofen has recruited several friends to volunteer. “A friend was widowed suddenly and was so upset. I talked her into volunteering and it has made a wonderful difference in her life; wonderful for her recovery.” She also recommends “reading to children in the public schools, Master Gardening and The Arts Center always needs docents.”

“There will never be enough money to do all that

volunteers do and

there will always be a need. Others have done far more

Beyond the Expected Norwood Creech Paulette Palmer Edward Wade, Jr.

All Tied Up by Edward Wade, Jr.

Gracie and Gomez by Paulette Palmer

Beans, Corn and Clouds by Caraway, Arkansas by Norwood Creech

Opening reception

November 9 • 5 – 8 pm • Free Barbecue from Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, winner of a 2012 James Beard America’s Classics Award This opening is in conjuction with 2nd Friday Art Night and is sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation.

A museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage

200 East Third St. In the River Market District (501) 324-9351 HistoricArkansas.org

than I have, but every

little bit helps, whether contributing money or

doing it yourself. Just

get out and start helping.”

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Karen and Dom Yezzi prepare to break ground for a renovated community kitchen and respite center in North Little Rock that they helped fund. Photo by Kelly Quinn.

DOM AND KAREN YEZZI

donate about a third of their income each year to a seemingly random group of individuals, organizations and causes. And it’s the randomness of some of their gifts that they enjoy. “That young mother in front of you at the grocery store who is obviously struggling; it’s nice to pay for everything she’s buying,” Karen Yezzi explains. Or for the single-mom waitress in a bar whom Dom Yezzi left $100 tip. “As we walked out, we heard her scream and that made us laugh,” he says. And that’s about as close to a reason Dom gives for his generosity. “It makes us happy,” he says. “When you help people who need help, it makes you feel great,” Karen adds. “We’re retired now and life is at a point where it’s pretty simple. We don’t need much. Our children are fine,” Dom explains. The North Little Rock couple understands the difference between wanting something and needing it. Karen advises others to ask themselves, “How much do I need? Even if you can’t donate, you can give of your time. Little things matter and can do a world of good for someone,” she advises. “You can always find someone worse off who needs your help,” she adds. CareLink, a non-profit serving older people and their families, recently celebrated the Yezzi’s generosity with a ground breaking for a new community kitchen and respite day care facility in North Little Rock. Dom says CareLink President and CEO Elaine Eubank took them on a tour of the old kitchen after it had been flooded to show their great need for a new kitchen. The couple immediately gave a gift, plus several subsequent gifts to meet the $5 million renovation goal. The kitchen renovation will more than double its current capacity to 3,000 meals a day. It will serve eight senior center hot-lunch programs, 800 home-delivered meal clients and the Respite Center. The Peggy and Joe Hastings Respite Center, named after Karen’s parents, will be located in the front of the renovated building. It will be able to serve 90 people who cannot be left alone during the day. The

Center will give family members a break or respite to go to work or run errands while their loved one is in a safe and stimulating environment. The Yezzis are also generous with children’s groups, from Easter Seals to Arkansas Children’s Hospital; from the Center for Missing & Exploited Children to St. Jude’s Hospital and the Special Olympics. While they usually agree on donations, they had one minor difference of opinion about Karen’s support of Susan Komen Race for the Cure and Dom’s support of Planned Parenthood. No argument: give to both. Sometimes they make separate gifts. “Karen just made a donation to build a church in Kenya, Africa,” Dom says. “I just knew it was the right thing to do while I was writing the check,” Karen says. Karen says the first time she can remember giving was as a child. She attended the Amboy Methodist Church in North Little Rock and they encouraged the children to help support Heifer Project, an international hunger charity based in Little Rock. Before marrying Dom, Karen worked for Ramsey, Krug, Farrell and Lensing, an insurance agency that encouraged community giving by employees. She said that was another good influence on her current charity work. “Some people feel good when they buy something or get a big house, but that is shortlived; you always want something bigger or better,” Karen explains. It’s like building a monument to yourself; it’s an outward symbol of your wealth and nobody is going to remember it,” she says. “It (philanthropy) starts with simple things,” Karen says. “Many people don’t know how to give or don’t know how much difference a small amount can make,” she says. “Give of your time. Helping others is a principle value of this country.” The couple often gives anonymously because, as Karen says, when you’re helping someone, you don’t want to humiliate them. She believes the couple’s frequent random acts of kindness “…make people feel good about themselves. They have more empathy towards others when you reach out to help them.”

“Give of your time. Helping others is a principle value of this country.”

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Joe Cook gears up to chair his fifth Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The fun event is set for Dec. 1 in Little Rock. Photo by Brian Chilson.

JOE COOK

is passionate about fighting arthritis. “My favorite activity is the Craig O’Neill Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis,” he says. This will be the fifth year that Cook has chaired the event, which he calls “both a fun event--since you can dress up and bring your dogs too--and an informative event to let the public know this hidden disease hurts and is unacceptable,” he says. “I did not fully understand the impact of arthritis until I became involved with the Arthritis Foundation,” Cook says. “Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. In Arkansas, more than 650,000 adults and 2,700 children have this crippling disease.” “My family has been tremendously impacted by osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. All are diseases that fall under the arthritis ‘umbrella,’” Cook says. He says arthritis has no visible signs. “What you don’t see is that some of these adults and children are taking multiple medications and daily injections so they can do basic activities like walking and playing,” he explains. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1970, Cook served 20 years in the military. Returning to North Little Rock in 1990 “to help care for family,” he is now an administrator for the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute at UAMS. Cook’s faith fuels his volunteerism. “It makes me feel like I am actually helping,” he says. “I’ve always believed that belief without action is nothing but an opinion. My goal is to put some hands and feet to the instructions contained in the Bible. How you treat someone, especially someone less fortunate that you, reveals your true heart,” he says. Cook has volunteered for 22 years at his church as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. He’s been a Gideons International volunteer for 10 years. Benefit golf tournaments are another interest, including the Ken Duke Charity Golf Classic benefiting Camp Aldersgate, Henderson State University, First Tee of Central Ark., and the UAMS Spine Institute; and the Paul Dunn Memorial Golf Classic benefiting ALS research at UAMS. Cook says his volunteer time has had a huge impact on his life. “When I see the young children at arthritis camp smiling because they just completed the zip line run at Camp Aldersgate, I can’t help but smile. I know the money we raised through events like the Jingle Bell Run made this possible.”  

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A nursing home resident talks with her advocate, a volunteer ombudsman. The program includes almost 600 trained volunteers statewide, providing over 12,000 hours last year. Photo by Frankie Riga.

CAROL SILVERSTROM

was visiting a friend in a nursing home and “had some concerns about the care her friend was receiving,” when she saw a poster about the Volunteer Ombudsman program. Now Silverstrom is a volunteer in that program. Silverstrom, of Little Rock, still works full time and continues to volunteer. She likes visiting nursing home residents because “you can set your own time and can volunteer around your job schedule.” She enjoys it because, “Volunteers get back way more than they give. It makes me feel better and gives me energy to do more.” Silverstrom says she chooses her volunteer activities “out of a need and desire to become involved in the community. Getting involved just makes my day,” she says. In addition to being an ombudsman, she serves on the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission and is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, the Capitol View Stifft Station Neighborhood Association, The Clinton Presidential Center, Friends of Central Arkansas Library, the Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Historic Museum and the UALR Alumni Association. She enjoys being involved in the Speech Choir at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, “I see how important it is to people. We never know what people find important until we work with them.” She recommends to those who are hesitant about volunteering: “Get into a different comfort zone and you will meet people as individuals and can more easily empathize with them. Volunteering helps you meet all types of people you would not normally meet,” she says. “We think we’re not special and no one cares, but that’s not true,” she says. Silverstrom advises, “Break down the walls we set up around us. Everyone is important to someone else and we don’t always know the impact we’ve had on others.” 20 november, 2012 MATURE ARKANSAS

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moved to Little Rock when she was 65, so her son could take care of her after she had two bouts with cancer. “But he was the one who needed caring for, after having cancer two times himself,” Salter-Perrit says. She buried her son just two weeks ago. While she was her son’s caregiver, and especially now that he’s gone, she says the Certified Volunteer Ombudsman program was important in her life and now sustains her in grief. As a volunteer ombudsman, she visits nursing home residents--many of whom never have visitors except for SalterPerrit and other ombudsman volunteers. She says this work brings her great joy and satisfaction. “God is going to take care of my problems,” she says confidently, “And the nursing home residents need my help right now.” “It’s a blessing you will never know unless you volunteer,” says the four-year volunteer. “In five or 50 years, no one will remember how much money you gave; but what are you doing for humanity right now?” Kathie Gately, State Long-term Care Ombudsman and both creator and sustainer of the popular Division of Aging and Adult Services program, says the certified volunteer ombudsmen serve as liaisons between the home’s staff and the residents. Residents can take their problems to the ombudsman, who serves as their advocate, to work out solutions. “I’ve always been better with older people,” says SalterPerrit, who also served as her mother’s caregiver until her mother had to move to a nursing home when Salter-Perrit could no longer care for her properly. “It about killed me to put her there. But when we had problems, we could go to the Ombudsman and find a solution.” Salter-Perrit heard about the volunteer ombudsman program after she moved to Arkansas. “And I knew the value of the ombudsman program first hand,” she says. She says interacting with other people is what keeps her volunteering. “I love hearing the residents’ stories.” Although many residents have dementia, “... they still need to know someone still cares; that life is still good.” she says. “We try to make life easier for them and be there for them. It’s not depressing; it’s uplifting. Love them the way they are. Just because they have cognitive problems, we don’t quit loving them.” “It makes me feel good to know I’m helping somebody else,” she says. “They look forward to me coming and enjoy hugs or holding their hand--it’s the only hug they get all week.” “It makes you feel better physically and mentally. I can be down and walk in there and hug a person and get that little smile; it makes my day,” she says. Salter-Perrit says the ombudsman work, “...has been a lifesaver for me. I could feel sorry for myself or keep going. I’m doing what my son would want me to do.” “You don’t have to do a lot but one or two hours a week; you can do that,” she affirms. “It’s been a blessing for me.”

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says friends encouraged her to start volunteering at Southwest Hospital in 1987. “I enjoy doing for others. It makes me feel warm all over and I know it’s appreciated. I have been blessed all my life, it makes me feel good to give back,” she says. Lavender, of Little Rock, used to prepare Southwest’s newsletter and, when her work attracted statewide notice, she was asked to do the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association’s (AHAA) state newsletter. She has been on the AHAA Board since then and has served in most of the officer positions. “I like organization so those positions suited me well,” she says. AHAA includes 61 hospital auxiliaries and more than 7,200 volunteers. She is chairing the AHAA’s state convention this year and has also co-chaired the auxiliary’s scholarship committee since 2005. “Each year we give scholarships to students in the UAMS College of Nursing and College of Health Professions. Arkansas has such a great need for more nurses and the scholarships mean a lot to the students; they mean a lot to me too,” she says. “This has given me another way to contribute positively to the lives of others,” Lavender says. Because one of Lavender’s sons is a physician at UAMS’ University Hospital, she transferred her volunteering there. “It was a good fit for me,” she says. “And all my doctors are there.” After her husband’s death two years ago, Lavender says volunteer work “has kept me going. While he was ill, I was his caregiver. I missed my volunteer work so much but I knew where my priorities were,” she says. Lavender says volunteer work has “made me more sensitive to the needs of others. It keeps my mind active.” Another of Lavender’s favorite pastimes is volunteering as an usher at performances of both the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “Volunteering keeps me healthier, more active and giving back to my community,” she says. “I know everyone says they need more volunteers but we especially need them in hospitals. I would encourage everyone to volunteer,” she adds.

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the cost for the year including the deductible, and check for coverage restrictions like prior authorization or step therapy.” Simpson says your choices will include about 30 Part D Drug plans and 77 Medicare Advantage plans. Help with drug costs Q. I keep seeing an Extra Help option that pays drug costs. What is it and how poor do you have to be to qualify? A. The Extra Help program helps pay Part D prescription drug costs. If you have limited-income and resources, Extra Help can pay your Part D annual deductible, co-payments and monthly premiums.

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