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What would happen if you or a loved one became gravely ill and incapacitated? What treatments, if any, would be acceptable? AARP Arkansas is reminding residents that the time to make such decisions is now, by using advance directives to spell out your preferences in case of a terminal illness and an inability to communicate. There are two types of advance directives. A living will, or advance care plan, specifies what types of treatment you want or do not want …

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Every TWO seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight fraud; shred instead! To help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation are sponsoring Shred Fest. AARP Arkansas is partnering with Rock Solid Shredding to take any confidential documents you no longer need and shred them for FREE! Instead of a charge for shredding, AARP will accept a donation of non-perishable food. AARP Shred Fest Saturday, April 30 …

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  Arkansas often ranks near the bottom in national measures of public health, and for minority populations, the statistics are especially dire. AARP Arkansas is working with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) to bring attention to this problem and to help residents live longer, healthier lives. The fourth biennial Arkansas Minority Health Summit will convene Friday, April 15, in Little Rock. Sessions will explore the social conditions that determine health and how those conditions affect all Arkansans. The state …

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As part of raising awareness about the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act , which takes effect Wednesday, July 22, 2015,  AARP Arkansas is releasing the Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide. AARP developed this guide with caregivers in mind as a starting point to help them find the services and support they need throughout their caregiving journey. Download it here. Find the tools and support you need, as well as ways to connect with other caregivers, at the AARP Caregiving Resource Center Share your …

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Herb Sanderson Named To Leadership Position AARP announced the appointment of Herb Sanderson as the new AARP Arkansas State Director.  Sanderson, former Associate State Director of Advocacy, joined the organization in 2008.  However, as AARP Central Region Vice President Sarah Jennings noted, he has been fighting for older Arkansans for much longer than that. “Herb has spent the last 40 years fighting for and delivering innovative programs to serve Arkansas seniors,” said Jennings. “He began his career with the Arkansas …

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Having diabetes is challenging enough. Don’t also get defrauded by a health care scam. As part of its Fraud Watch Network efforts, AARP Arkansas is working with the state’s Senior Medicare Patrol to inform residents about common Medicare scams. Nearly 13 percent of Arkansans have diabetes, and that makes them vulnerable to a particular type of scam. Someone pretending to be from a government agency or a diabetes association calls to offer “free” supplies, such as a glucose meter, test …

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In honor of Black History Month, AARP Arkansas will host a FREE AARP Movies for Grownups screening of Selma. The movie chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Don’t miss out …

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AARP Arkansas is always looking for people interested in sharing their skills, talents and interests with the community. If you are interested in issues like caregiving, housing or health we have education and outreach programs that you might want to volunteer for. If you are civic minded, you might want to become an advocate and work to influence policies that affect you and your family. And, if you are an outgoing person, you might want to become a volunteer spokesperson …

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“When you volunteer with AARP you know you are making a difference,” said AARP Arkansas Executive Council Member and three-year volunteer Willa Black Sanders, MPA. “It matters. And there is so much work to do.” Willa formed a working relationship with AARP during her time at the College of Public Health as Assistant Dean for Governmental Relations and Special Projects. She knew that upon retirement she wanted to do even more to help older Arkansans achieve their best life possible. …

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You take care to keep your body fit as you age, but what about your home? Universal design features can make a home more accessible and livable for people of all ages. AARP Arkansas collaborated with state agencies and other nonprofit organizations to build a full-scale mock-up of a universally designed bathroom inside an 18-foot race car trailer. The mobile display will travel throughout the state in 2016 to home shows, county fairs and conferences to inform the public and …