East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging gets seniors informed

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging in Jonesboro is working to make sure Region 8's senior citizens have all the information they need for a better quality of life.

An informative workshop took place on Thursday in the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library.

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging joined forces with NEA Baptist and two attorneys from a local law firm.

Guest speakers in both the medical field and law spoke to attendees about a wide range of issues.

Family Care Giver Specialist Rose Trosper with the EAAAA says they decided to hold this session to try and help people find answers to the questions they've been seeking.

"We work with a lot of people that are in and out of our building," Trosper said. "We're often asked a lot of questions that we don't have the answer to and we'll try to find out for them. So, we decided to hold this session to try and get them the people they need who can answer all their questions.

Clinical neuropsychologist psychologist Dr. Kristen Brown presented information to the group on alzheimer's, dementia, normal aging and things to be aware of.

Attorneys Wade Bowen and Mark Mayfield spoke about power of attorney, end of life documentation, trusts, wills and other types of legal issues the elderly face.

"As we age sometimes things go wrong," Trosper stated. "Sometimes we have a lot of things to deal with and seniors have a lot of things they typically have to consider. They have lots of questions because sometimes they don't know what the best decision is because they don't have all the information."

Trosper said this is the first year for the EAAAA to host a workshop like this.

"We have a room full of folks," Trosper said. "Things seem to be going well. Presentations are underway and everyone is getting all their questions answered from the experts."

Trosper says for those who missed this informative session, they need to call the EAAAA as soon as possible and start taking care of some of these issues.

"The sooner the better in terms of health or legal documents;" Trosper said. "The sooner you take care of all that the better and then you can have all those things out of the way. And the decisions you've made will be honored as you age."

Trosper says the EAAAA plans to partner up with some additional organizations to keep bringing information to people who are looking for answers.

For more information about this event, you can call the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging by calling 870-972- 5980 or you can log onto their website.

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