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In this Issue: Dr. Gary Linker discusses Dementia in his article on pg 3

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Northwest Arkansas Seniors’ Out ‘n’ About is designed to support, encourage and provide resources and services to enhance the lives of Seniors’ throughout Northwest Arkansas. When you visit these businesses, please tell them about Northwest Arkansas Seniors’ Out ‘n’ About. Please address all corespondance to: call Matthew at (479) 957.7724.

Email: Audiologists Bella Vista Hearing Center . . . . . 10

Insurance Humana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Caregivers FirstLight Home Care . . . . . . . . . . 2 Good Shepherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Northwest Home Health . . . . . . . 10

Medical Equipment & Supplies Presidential Conversions . . . . . . . 15 Delta Medical Supplies . . . . . . . . 13 Mental Fitness Learning RX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Cleaning Services Oxifresh Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . 12

Massage Therapist Lowell Therapeutic Center . . . . . 13

Clinical Trials Alzheimer’s Dr. Linker . . . . . . . . . 13

Photographers Freedom Dreamer Photo . . . . . . . 6

Events Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Senior Services First Baptist Church of Rogers . . 14

Hair Salon Career Academy of Hair Design . 14

Special Features Dr. Gary Linker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Susan G. Komen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Hospice Care Patients Choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Circle of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 About the Cover: Marsha owner of Freedom Dreamer Photography provided the cover. See her ad pg 6, cell 841-5539. Please welcome to Seniors’ Delta Medical and Humana

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What is Dementia?

Dementia is a generic term for a mental state generally defined by a significant reduction in one’s ability to learn new information. While many conditions such as stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, infections, brain injuries, toxicities, and other conditions can interfere with memory and contribute to the development of a dementia syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, due in part to its prevalence in our society, continues to cast the largest shadow of the Dementias. Dementia seems to be more common these days and several factors such as a longer life span, the common occurrence of chronic medical conditions that contribute to the development of dementia, and more rigorous testing focused on diagnosing memory problems all play a role in our societies more frequent dementia-related dialogue. Alzheimer’s Disease, along with many types of dementia, will worsen over time progressively robbing an affected individual of basic mental and physical functions. However, dementia can be equally devastating both mentally and physically to care partners who attempt to compensate for the failing functioning of their loved one. General health, severity of potential dementia-related behavioral problems, quality and quantity of family and professional support systems all serve as modulators in a care partners health and play a significant role in determining how destructive forces such as sleep deprivation, exhaustion, frustration, depression and failing health ultimately shape the decision-making landscape in dementia care. When sufficient mental and physical erosion occur, the care support system deteriorates thus heralding in the often dreaded discussion of long-term placement of a loved one. While the contributing factors for the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias are complex and still incompletely understood, the goals of Dementia Care Systems should be straightforward: diagnose as early and accurately as possible so that potentially reversible causes of dementia can be corrected and non-reversible, progressive dementias can be confronted thus allowing for the power of simple understanding and family planning to more firmly take hold and manage future care in a more personal manner. Dr. Gary Linker, a distinguished staff of experienced professional care partners, and Texarkana Behavioral Health are excited to announce the December opening of the regions only exclusive Dementia Care System on the Vista Health campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our goals are to offer public and professional education while working alongside affected families, their present care partners and systems to deter the presentation of potentially devastating behaviors that force premature hospitalization and long-term placement; and, at that desperate moment when some sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias take a dangerous behavioral and functional turn for the worse, to offer in hospital diagnostic, prognostic and rehabilitation services to individuals,

their loved ones, and care partners who are struggling to better understand and manage one of societies most dehumanizing conditions—Dementia. 3

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Participants Wanted for Clinical Trial of Investigational New Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease.

This is a international study conducted regionally by Dr. Gary Linker. To learn more, please visit

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479.841.5539 Use it! Don’t Lose It! Your mind, that is… Available through LearningRx Bentonville Ph. 479-715-6870 • Mental fitness program • Hands-on, fun, and interactive • Maximizes mental ability in midlife and beyond • Helps the older brain get sharp and stay sharp QuickWitz is a weekly group brain building program for your church, organization, or residential community. Groups are also forming at our Bentonville center. 9 8 6 April_Issue_2013_CMYK.indd 6

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Life doesn’t stop in the last months, weeks or even days. And Until that last second, I can face death without turning my back on life. With pain and symptom management. With emotional and spiritual support. With Circle of Life Hospice. I can get the most out of my life as I near the end of it. This is why I am hospice.

Circle of Life Hospice. The rest of your life. Lived.

Hospice care is recommended when a person is terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less. However, each case is unique. Some patients are on hospice care for a few days or weeks, while many are on hospice care for several months or even years. We believe when patients choose hospice care earlier, they experience a better quality of life. We believe that life doesn’t stop in the last weeks, days or even hours. We focus on pain and symptom management and on emotional and spiritual support. And we strive to help you have a better quality of life and more time with loved ones. With Circle of Life you decide what kind of care is right for you. Circle of Life is committed to help you get the most out of every moment. Please say “I found it in NWA Seniors’ Out ‘n’ About

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April Q&A January Q&A

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Q: IfI you haveorsevere osteoarthritis insuffered both knees. Can laser Q: a senior loved one has a myocardial inacupuncture helpattack, my pain? farction or heart what step can you take to decrease the risk of another heart attack? A: Yes! Laser acupuncture has not needles. The cold laser

It is very important to make and keep follow-up doctors’ appointments stimulates cells thatasrepair tissue, reduce inflammation and test; takethe medications directed and eat a healthy diet. In addition and reduce pain.things, The The laser reduces swelling leading to to these and other USlight National Library of Medicine suggests to prevent another heart attack, a senior needs to do the following: decreased pain, less stiffness and faster return to normal joint

function. It is painless, affordable and usually takes less than 30 • Keep blood pressure, blood and client cholesterol underrequires control a minutes per treatment. The sugar, average typically • Don’t smoke total laser treatments clientsand repoting signifi• Eatofa 6-10 heart-healthy diet rich in with fruits,most vegetables, whole grains, and cantlow pain reduction by the third treatment. Acupuncture helps in animal fat balance the flow of exercise, energy in Lasera acupuncture cana • Regular, moderate at the leastbody. 30 minutes day, at least 5 days week, consult with your doctor regarding the right exercise plan dramatically reduce the swelling and pain caused by arthritisfor you.knees, hips, and shoulders. It is also effective in treating in the • Get checked and treated depression For more information headaches, allergies and for Fibromyalgia. • Limit alcohol intake to no more than one drink a day for women, and contact a local or acupuncturist specializing in laser no more than chiropractor two drinks a day for men acupuncture. • Stay at a healthy weight Testimony: I have personally had a total of 8 laser treatments onthese my arthritic knees. Itare is amazing! My swelling and good Following recommendations vital to maintaining a senior’s health. As a caregiver you can help, but there are also many organizations pain is 90% reduced! - Lori Brown Owner, Good Shepherd that provideSenior outsideCare assistance. Be sure to discuss all of your options for In-Home

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Calendar of Events April

April 2nd 10 am -12 pm Schmieding Center Blood Pressure & Equipment Check

April 25th 10 am - 12 pm Schmieding Center Blood pressure screening

April 9th 9 am - 10 pm Schmieding Center Blood Pressure

April 26th 6 pm Susan G. Komen Pasta Party

April 11th 11am -1 pm Schmieding Center Glasses Adjustments

April 27th Susan G. Komen Pinnacle Hills Race for the Cure Visit these websites for more information on Calander events:

April 5th 9 am - 1 pm Fayetteville AARP Drivers Safety Course 442-4237 to register

April 9th 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Bella Vista AARP Drivers Safety Course 855-3076 to register April 13th 1:30 pm - 3 pm American Heart Association Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk Arvest Ball Park See website for more info April 16th 1 pm - 4 pm Planning ahead searies at Highlands Church Learning Rx 9:30 - 10:30 am QuickWitz Coffee Enjoy coffee and pastries while learning ways to keep your mind strong as you age.

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April 22nd - 24th Schmieding Center Alzheimer’s and Dementia 3017 Bob Younkin Drive, Suite 102 Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 479.463.4325

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Suzanne Learning Rx April 2013 Phone: 479-715-6870 BUILDING BETTER BRAINS FOR SENIORS We’re all afraid of losing ours, our minds that is. Well, the good news is that you can stay sharp as you age, even get sharper. This has been proven by brain research that established the idea of neuroplasticity of the brain. Yes, you can change your brain. It’s not fixed at birth as was previously thought. As we age, we can stay sharp if we continue to ‘exercise’ our brains. We know that exercise is good for our bodies and becomes increasingly important as we age. That’s also true for our minds—exercise is good for our brains, and both physical and mental exercise become increasingly important as we age. We know that a good diet is important for our bodies. It’s also true for our brains; we need good nutrition and to keep drinking fluids. Generally, what’s good for the body is good for the brain, whether it’s diet or physical exercise. Mental exercise is also important, and despite increased attention it’s often overlooked. If anything, we work Sudoku or crossword puzzles and think we’ve done enough. Actually, you need to exercise your brain every day with activities that are new and work all parts of the brain. Our brains are not fixed at birth, or by the time we go to school. You can change your brain, sharpen your skills even as you age. In fact, the most dramatic change in hundreds of years comes from research that shows the power of neuroplasticity of the human brain. To learn more come to Amazing Brain Day at the Rogers Public Library on March 9, 1:30-3:30 pm. Or join me for coffee on March 20, 9:30-10:30 am, and find out about QuickWitz, the brain boosting group for seniors. To register for the QuickWitz coffee, visit or call the LearningRx Center in Bentonville or e-mail:

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