Home Helpers of Little Rock owner Sam Sellers has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alzheimer’s Arkansas.
Home Helpers empowers older adults to remain as independent as possible in the setting of their choice, providing in-home senior care. Sellers has owned Home Helpers of Little Rock for over eight years. Prior to this, he served as Associate State Director of AARP Arkansas.
A published author (Finding Freedom at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care), Sellers is a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association of Arkansas, the Home Helpers Innovation Council and Platinum Group of Owners. His agency is one of only a handful recognized as a Certified Training Center for other Home Helpers agency owners. His home care agency has been recognized nationally with a number of awards. A combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, Sellers has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals and both Valorous Unit and Presidential Unit Citations.
“I consider it a great honor to serve Alzheimer’s Arkansas and the many families they serve in the capacity of Chairman of the Board,” Sellers said. “The board is composed of some of the most marvelous people who have tremendous passion for those family caregivers with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. I’m humbled and honored to lead the Board as we seek to provide even greater service to even more people across the state of Arkansas.”
Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services was first incorporated in 1984 as the “Alzheimer’s Support Group of Central Arkansas,” with the purpose of providing information and support to persons with dementia and their caregivers. Later, the group of volunteer leaders joined the National Alzheimer’s Association.
In 2002, the Association’s restructuring of chapters would have required us to move our headquarters to Oklahoma. Rather than allow our leadership and our funds to go out of state, our Board of Directors elected to disaffiliate from the National Association to become Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services.
The important thing to know is that Alzheimer’s Arkansas is now an independent non-profit organization dedicated to Supporting Arkansas families affected by any kind of dementia. The funds that we raise are used solely for services to Arkansas families. Our volunteer Board of Directors is composed of local community members, our services are free and our funds are spent ONLY in Arkansas.
As most of you know, Alzheimer’s Arkansas’ primary goal is taking care of Arkansas families who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While our office is in Little Rock, we travel all across the state to reach families who need our information and support. We are always looking for ways to increase our outreach.
Alzheimer’s Arkansas’ mission is to provide 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.
Our programs and services include:
- Toll-free 24-hour telephone support for caregivers
- Family support groups
- Early stage patient support groups
- Family education sessions
- In-service training for professional caregivers
- Community awareness presentations
- Every other month newsletter for our members
- Public policy advocates
- Financial assistance for caregivers
- A lending library of printed and video materials
- File of Life Program