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Type 2 Diabetes – Did you know?

Question: When you read a food label which item(s) guide you on how the food will affect your blood sugar and weight? Answer: B - serving size and total carbohydrates. When living with diabetes, it is important to monitor the amount of carbohydrates you consume per day to maintain a healthy diet and blood sugar. Want to learn [...]

The Spencer Family – Little Rock, AR

Free Family Caregiver Workshops on Dementia in February

Our Springdale, El Dorado and Fort Smith Schmieding centers will conduct FREE Family Caregiver Workshops focused on dementia and Alzheimer disease sponsored through a grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The workshop will present an [...]

Diabetes – Did you know?

Question: What kind of regular physical activity is recommended for people with diabetes? Answer: Walking at least 30 minutes a day.  Physical activity does have to be an formal exercise practice or routine. The purpose of physical activity is to increase your heart rate and bloodflow. If you or a loved one has type 1 or [...]

Caregiving Tip of the Month – Staying Social

The word “socialization” is used by healthcare professionals to discuss how a person participates in society, or the way they interact with others. Frequent or routine socialization with friends and family can improve the mood of older adults and decrease depression. Unfortunately, “being social” can sometimes be difficult. Older people often have mobility challenges, and [...]

Why do we train family caregivers? NPR’s latest podcast provides good insight.

NPR podcast looks at the challenges of being a family caregiver without adequate training.  Our IHA classes and free family caregiver programs throughout Arkansas give our communities the tools and resource they need to care for older adult. Listen to NPR's "Caring For A Loved One At Home Can Have A Steep Learning Curve"

Caregiving Tip of the Month – Preventing Aspiration

The word aspiration describes a condition where a person accidentally sucks fluids or a foreign body into their airway as they are taking a breath. People can aspirate on small pieces of food, a sip of water or even their own saliva. For certain older adults, such as those with chronic diseases or those who [...]

Caregiving Tip of the Month – Susceptibility to infection

Caregiver Tip of the Month - Susceptibility to infection Inflammation is a word that is used to describe a medical condition when the body is reacting to an injury, irritation or foreign substance. Inflammation often occurs when healthy living tissues are invaded by germs. Normal signs and symptoms of inflammation include redness, warmth, swelling and [...]

Flu vaccine for older adults

Fall is here and that means cooler weather, the holidays, and flu season are around the corner. People over the age of 65 are considered high risk for serious complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections that can quickly lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Certain medical conditions, such [...]

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Experience: Take a Walk in their Shoes

UAMS offers a new FREE tour entitled Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Take a Walk in Their Shoes. This experience allows individuals to experience the physical and sensory disorders that are common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease allowing for greater empathy and understanding. This program can be requested for on-location training in nursing homes, communities of faith groups, or [...]