Adult and Older Adult Ministry Council

The following are resource links of non-profit organizations that provide services for older adults and their families.  It is our hope that this resource list will be helpful for local church pastors and staff when they receive questions from church members and those in the community.

This list should not be considered an endorsement of any of the listed organizations by the Older Adult Ministry Council of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas of by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is provided as a resource only.

Health Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP. http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

Area Agencies on Aging:  Experts on all aspects of aging.  The Area Agencies on Aging were created by federal law in 1974 to help older Americans and their caregivers live quality lives with independence and dignity.     http://www.daas.ar.gov/aaamap.html

Assisted Living Facility:  Residential care for seniors in a free standing facility where residents live with varying degrees of independence.     http://www.caring.com/local/assisted-living-facilities-in-arkansas

Medicaid:   Health program for families and individuals with low income and resources. https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance : Our mission is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information so that we can support those who are suffering with mesothelioma  http://www.mesothelioma.com/

Long Term Care Medicaid:  Program for individuals with low income and resources residing in long term care facilities.  http://www.longtermcarelink.net/eldercare/medicaid_long_term_care.htm

Nursing Home:  Provides skilled nursing care.  http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/ar?sort=rating&state=ar&PageNr=1&page=7

Ombudsman Program:   Advocates for residents of nursing home and residential care facilities. http://arombudsman.com/program.html

Rehabilitation Facility:  Short term therapy for trauma, grief, PTSD, and addiction.  http://arkansas.rehabcenters.com/

Physical Rehabilitation:  Physical therapy.  http://www.hotfrog.com/Products/Physical-Rehabilitation-Centers/AR

Division of Aging and Adult Services DHS:  Department of Herman Services focus on adult and older adults.  http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/daas/Pages/default.aspx

CareLink:  Helps older people, active older people and caregivers.    http://www.care-link.org/cl/

Hayes Center:  Activities for individuals 60 and older, exercise facilities, swimming pool. http://littlerock.citysearch.com/profile/36867363/n_little_rock_ar/patrick_henry_hays_senior_ctr.html

Schmieding Center:  Community-based center for healthy living in the second half of live.  http://www.schmiedingcenter.org/aboutus.html

Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA):  Dedicated to improve the lives of older adults in south Arkansas. http://www.themedcenter.net/Community%20Relations/Pages/Community%20Relations.aspx

National Council on Aging: Health and wellness issues for older adults.  http://www.ncoa.org/

National Institute on Aging:  Aging and wellness information for adults 60+.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/

Alzheimer’s Association:  Advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.  http://www.alz.org/index.asp

Alzheimer’s Arkansas:  Provides the information and support needed so that all Arkansans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are able to live with dignity and comfort until a cure is found.  http://alzark.org/

Adult Protective Services:  Investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of impaired adults.  http://www.aradultprotection.com/

In-Home Care:   In-home care for seniors who require assistance with activities of daily living.   http://www.caring.com/local/in-home-care-in-arkansas

Hospice:   Provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one.    http://www.caring.com/local/hospices-in-arkansas

Geriatric Health Care:  Geriatric providers in Arkansas.  http://carearkansas.org/list15_arkansas_geriatric_health_care_seniors_health_services.htm

Palliative Care:  Specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. http://www.getpalliativecare.org/whatis/

 

Transportation Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP.      http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

Transportation:  Limited in Arkansas.  http://www.daas.ar.gov/aaamap.html

Division of Aging and Adult Services DHS:  Department of Herman Services focus on adult and older adults.  http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/daas/Pages/default.aspx

CareLink:  Helps older people, active older people and caregivers.    http://www.care-link.org/cl/

Housing Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP.      http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

Assisted Living Facility:  Residential care for seniors in a free standing facility where residents live with varying degrees of independence.     http://www.caring.com/local/assisted-living-facilities-in-arkansas

Nursing Home:  Provides skilled nursing care.  http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/ar?sort=rating&state=ar&PageNr=1&page=7

Long Term Care Medicaid:  Program for individuals with low income and resources residing in long term care facilities.  http://www.longtermcarelink.net/eldercare/medicaid_long_term_care.htm

HUD Housing:  Affordable homes in safe, healthy communities of opportunity.       http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/arkansas

Rental Help – HUD:  HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants.  To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you.     http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/arkansas/renting

Jacksonville Housing Authority:    Committed to providing affordable housing options for low income families. The Housing Authority manages one housing development and provides Housing Choice Vouchers, and also operates a Family Self Sufficiency Program.   http://www.jvillehousing.com/

Little Rock Housing Authority:  Provides publicly assisted housing comprised of traditional public housing, mixed finance sites and Section 8.  http://www.lrhousing.org/

North Little Rock Housing Authority:  Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing within the financial reach of low-income families, and elderly and disabled persons.   http://nlrha.org/

Jonesboro Housing Authority:    Affordable housing options for low income families.      http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-finder/Jonesboro-Housing-Authority-Jonesboro-AR-72401-52488

Fort Smith Housing Authority:  Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.  http://www.fortsmithhousing.org/AboutUs/ContactUs.aspx

Fayetteville Housing Authority:  Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.  http://www.fayettevillehousingauthority.org/

Bentonville Housing Authority:  Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.  http://directory.nwaonline.com/bentonville+ar/housing+authority.zq.html

Pine Bluff Housing Authority:  Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.  http://www.mapquest.com/maps?cat=Housing%20Authorities&city=Pine%20Bluff&state=AR

Arkadelphia Housing Authority:  Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.   http://www.publichousing.com/details/arkadelphia_housing_authority

Texarkana Housing Authority:   Affordable housing options for low income families and seniors.  http://texarkanaha.org/

 

Food Need Resources

Area Agencies on Aging:  Experts on all aspects of aging.  The Area Agencies on Aging were created by federal law in 1974 to help older Americans and their caregivers live quality lives with independence and dignity.     http://www.daas.ar.gov/aaamap.html

Meals on Wheels:  Home delivered meals for seniors.  http://www.mealcall.org/meals-on-wheels/ar/index.htm

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):  http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

  

Financial Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP.      http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

Consumer Credit:    Determine how to handle your financial situation.    http://www.consumercredit.com/financial-education/consumer-resources/government-assistance.aspx

Utility Payment Assistance:    This organization helps those of lower income both gain the basic necessities as well as attain economic self-sufficiency. http://helppayingutilitybills.com/html/arkansas_help_with_paying_util.html

Tax Assistance:   Tax information.    http://www.bing.com/search?q=Tax+Assistance+for+Seniors&FORM=QSRE1

Long Term Care Medicaid:  Program for individuals with low income and resources residing in long term care facilities.  http://www.longtermcarelink.net/eldercare/medicaid_long_term_care.htm

Spiritual Resources

General Board of Discipleship: A variety of webinars and face-to-face workshops/retreats connecting those in ministry (lay and clergy) to topics of interest.  http://www.gbod.org/

BeADisciple:  Online workshops related to faith topics, led by trained facilitators.  http://www.beadisciple.com/

Aging & Faith:  Facebook page maintained by United Methodist author and speaker Missy Buchanan who writes “Aging is God’s plan for the spiritual journal of life.  The Aging & Faith page is meant to be a resource for older adults and those who love and care for them.  Visit Missy’s website, blog or follow her on Twitter: @MissyMuchanan.  http://www.pbs.org/lifepart2/watch/season-2/spirituality-and-aging

Education Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP.      http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

LifeQuest of Arkansas:  A nonprofit agency in Little Rock whose mission is to enhance life’s journey into the middle and later years through life-long learning and meaningful volunteerism within the community. http://www.lifequestofarkansas.org/

Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): OLLI at the University of Arkansas in northwest Arkansas offers a variety of courses and special events to its members.  Adults over 50 experience a lively learning environment and explore intellectual and cultural topics of interest, share their experiences and talents and make new friends.  http://olli.uark.edu/

Arkansas Extended Learning Center:  A variety of classes from adults of all ages; most classes are located in central Arkansas.  http://extendedlearning.org/

American Society on Aging (ASA):  Charged with developing leadership, knowledge and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society.  http://www.asaging.org/hall-fame-award

Road Scholar:  Educational travel adventures created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.  http://www.roadscholar.org/

Shepherd’s Center:  A nonprofit agency in North Little Rock whose mission is to enhance life’s journey into the middle and later years through life-long learning and meaningful volunteerism within the community.        http://www.manta.com/c/mmy418d/shepherd-s-center-north-little-rock

South Central Center on Aging (SCCOA):  Seeks to provide quality, evidence-based geriatric care and education to citizens in the Pine Bluff area.  http://aging.uams.edu/?id=8345&sid=6

Texarkana Regional Center on Aging (TRCA):  Seeks to provide quality, evidence-based geriatric care and education to citizens in the Texarkana area.   http://aging.uams.edu/?id=8123&sid=6

Center on Aging Northeast:  The mission of Center on Aging Northeast is to be the regional resource for older adults, families, health care professional and the community, advocating wellness, education and quality care. http://www.centeronagingne.com/info_who_we_are.php

Mruk Family Education Center on Aging:    Mruk Family Education Center on Aging (MFECOA) is dedicated to helping you live a longer and healthier life. The MFECOA provides educational programs, resources and healthcare services to older adults and their families to help them address aging issues.  https://www.baxterregional.org/upages.php?id=99

Legal Resources

AARP Health Care:  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization available to people 50 and older that provides tips on Medicare, insurance, long term care, health discounts, tools and resources for members of AARP.      http://www.aarphealthcare.com/home.html

Domestic Violence Counseling:    http://www.therapytribe.com/Therapists/Arkansas-AR/Domestic-Abuse-or-Violence

Legal Services for Seniors:    http://www.arlegalservices.org/servingourseniors

Arkansas Bar Association:   The Arkansas Bar Association is a voluntary, statewide organization with more than 5,000 members. Among its purposes are the advancement of the administration of justice and the fostering among its members high ideals of integrity, learning and public service.    http://www.arkbar.com/

Center for Arkansas Legal Services:  Find free legal information and how to apply for free legal aid in Arkansas.      http://arlegalservices.org/

Legal Aid of Arkansas:   Free legal aid Arkansas programs provide pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income residents throughout the State.          http://www.usattorneylegalservices.com/free-legal-aid-Arkansas.html

Area Agencies on Aging:  Experts on all aspects of aging.  The Area Agencies on Aging were created by federal law in 1974 to help older Americans and their caregivers live quality lives with independence and dignity.     http://www.daas.ar.gov/aaamap.html