A large group attended the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting held recently at the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center. One new person attended the meeting. Mrs. Willa Voyles conducted the meeting in the absence of the group facilitator, Bronnie Rose. Mrs. Voyles presented each person a copy of "Sharing Stories: A Survivor’s Tale," "Diet and Parkinson’s Disease" and information about the April PD meeting.

Shay Evans Dover from Russellville was the guest speaker. She is an advisor for Home Instead Senior Care. She explained the difference in home health and in-home care. Home health care is for injuries and on-going medical needs. Medicare pays for these services. In-home care may include help with bathing, preparing meals and helping with daily tasks and laundry. Medicare does not pay for this. Mrs. Dover explained Medicare and Tricare. Tricare is military insurance. She shared options to help pay for in-home care such as grants and programs, Medicaid, VA, long-term care insurance and financial planning.

Mrs. Dover emphasized that whether your loved one will be living at home and receiving home care or in a nursing home, to ask questions about the services: Are background checks done on employees? Is experience required? If so, how much? Is this an agency or a registry?

An agency provides home care workers who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and takes care of taxes and other details of employment. A registry recruits, screens and refers home care workers. The taxes and details of employment become the responsibility of the family.

Mrs. Dover’s presentation generated quite a lively question, answer and discussion session. She presented each person brochures about Home Instead and also a "Senior Emergency Card."

Mrs. Voyles presented Mr. Dover with a gift of appreciation.

Those present enjoyed refreshments.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the lobby of the Rehab Center behind Stoby’s. All Parkinson’s patients and/or their caregivers are encouraged to attend this free meeting. A special guest is scheduled to speak at this meeting. Special handouts are planned also. If anyone has additional questions, call Mrs. Rose at 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold their monthly meeting Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hole In The Wall restaurant. Featured speaker this month will be Peter Garner, manager of Braswell and Sons Fine Jewelers. He will speak about the history of coinage in addition to the collecting and value of gold and silver coins.

All active and retired Federal Employees and their spouses, whether NARFE members or not, are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Ray Luyet, president, 501-327-7844 or Billy Johnson, vice president, 501-336-0285.