Donna Taylor, registered nurse and educational nurse for South Central Center on Aging, spoke at the recent meeting of the Bluff City Chapter of the American Business Women's Association.

Donna Taylor, registered nurse and educational nurse for South Central Center on Aging, spoke at the recent meeting of the Bluff City Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

Taylor is the coordinator for Schmieding Home Caregiver Training, which is supported by the Arkansas Aging Initiative and a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and located at the I-530 Medical Mall. The purpose of this training is to teach people to take care of older people in their homes and serves 10 counties. She said there are ongoing eight hour family care workshops at no charge. There is also help information available at the center. Also available through this program are at least four different levels of training for certified caregivers. She then went into heart health care and the importance of each woman taking care of herself.

“Nobody is going to take care of you but you,” she said.

There are things we cannot control but those that we can are weight, physical activity, healthy diet, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes. She discussed heart attack signs and the importance of not delaying the call to 9-1-1 because minutes matter. She also gave the women the acronym “FAST” to determine if a stroke might have occurred. The F is for face or speech affected; AS, ask to raise arm or squeeze hand; T, time is the essence; call 9-1-1.

LaKesha Stidum, social worker with the South Central Center on Aging, was also a guest.

This meeting is always designated to honoring “Good Guys” of ABWA. Janelle Thomason pinned the “Good Guy” pin of Lester Thomason, deceased, to the chapter banner in his honor.

She also read a letter from scholarship recipient Hannah Whitener, who is starting her second semester for this year at Arkansas Tech. The chapter has supported her for the last 3 1/2 years.

President Edwina Riddle thanked the guests for the important information for health.