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Medicare Open Enrollment: Are You Ready?

Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15- Dec. 7 each year) is the time during which Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and make changes to their Part D or Medicare Advantage Plans. Since plan prices and coverage can change from year to year, it is recommended that you look at available plans for the upcoming year during [...]

Back to School

Texarkana, AR Kids aren’t the only ones heading back to school this fall. Come check out the Schmieding Home Caregiver training in Texarkana, AR and learn how you can become a caregiver! We were honored to be a part of the annual Hillier Community Healthfair again this year. Pictured: Kasandra Guilbeau, Stephanie Cottle, RN, Stacy [...]

We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stopped playing

Hot Springs - Not many people realize that cognitive impairment can be decreased by simply engaging in physical activity. At our Hot Springs Schmieding Home Caregiver Training site, our instructors have been trained on an effective program, called Ageless Grace.  The concept is chair fitness almost anyone can do.  Spending minutes each day with music and [...]

How to Begin a New Career as a Caregiver

Texarkana - Starting the journey of being a caregiver, whether you are working professionally or supporting your loved one who needs care, is a journey that comes with a lot of unknown. You ask yourself questions like, “How will I know what to do? What if I make a mistake and it makes them worse? [...]

Caregiving Tips to Beat the Heat

Pine Bluff - The hot summer months are upon us, and we have some tips to help you and the loved ones you care for stay safe during the summer: Limit sun exposure during the hottest part of the day (10 AM- 2 PM). The sun's rays are strongest during this time. Be sure to [...]

Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness on The Longest Day

Jonesboro - Students in the Alzheimer's and Dementia course in Jonesboro are not only learning about dementia, they are also "going purple" for the Longest Day campaign.  Held annually on June 21, the longest day is a campaign of the Alzheimer's Association to raise funds and awareness for the global epidemic. Schmieding students become certified [...]

Free Caregiver Workshop Sept 9

Join trainers from the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) for a 4-hour workshop that provides vital information to caregivers of any age. UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock Saturday-Sept 9, 2017 To register, please contact Mark Gibbons at mgibbons@caregiveraction.org or call 501-526-5750. [...]

Family Caregiving for Aging Loved Ones, a Hot Topic for 2017

In 2017, experts predict more people than ever before will take on the responsibility of helping care for an aging loved one.  As the number of family caregivers increase across America, attention on the challenges of Family Caregiving is gaining momentum.  The realities of caring for an older adult and what this role entails is [...]

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 [...]