Retirement in the South Shore Area
The South Shore area is home to retired persons of all ages from
many areas of the country. The low cost of living, low crime rate,
and mild, four season climate make this a haven for those who seek
a slower pace but who aren't ready to give up their chosen activities.
Many retirees reside in lakeside homes; others choose a riverside
view for their golden years or the convenience of in-town living.
There are activities galore for those of retirement age with a
wide variety of interests.
With two large lakes in the South Shore area, Bull
Shoals Lake and Lake
Norfork, as well as the White
River and its tributary, the
North Fork, there are water sports to fit any active lifestyle.
The nation's first official national
river, the Buffalo
National River is within an hour's drive of almost anyplace
in the area, and its attractions are many and varied for the
The Area Agency on Aging (Northwest Arkansas) can be contacted
at 870-741-1144 at Harrison, 870-425-9811 at Mountain Home, 870-453-7000
at Flippin. Their service area includes Boone, Baxter, Marion, Carroll, Madison, Newton, Searcy and Washington counties. The Area Agency on Aging (White River) is 870-612-3000 in Batesville. They serve Izard, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White & Woodruff Counties.
The South Shore area has several Senior Centers. Norfork Senior
Center can be reached at 870-499-7171, and the Van Matre Senior
Center in Mountain Home is at 870-424-3054. The Izard County Senior
Citizen Center's phone number in Melbourne is 870-368-4420, and
Boone County's Senior Activity Center is at 870-741-1505. Marion County Senior Citizens Center at Flippin can be reached at 870-453-8488.
Many senior citizens volunteer their time for good causes in the
area. The Humane Society (Mountain Home - 870-425-9221) always
needs volunteers, as do the hospital auxiliary groups (Mountain
Home - 870-508-1000, Harrison - 870-365-2000, and Calico Rock -
See Clubs, Organizations and Senior Citizens Service Organizations
listed in the NATCO
United Community Resource Council
A local group of social service providers has constructed
a resource to help people who need specialized help contact those
that can provide it.
The United Community Resource Council is composed
of 24 area organizations working to bring together a wide variety
of services for residents of north central Arkansas. Their Web
was created to provide a comprehensive, accurate Web site, linking
area, state and federal resources.
This site is especially useful for school counselors,
teachers, ministers, volunteers, social workers, nurses, physicians,
employers, neighbors, family members, friends and those in need