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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 [...]

Reynolds Institute Celebrates Family Caregivers

Two guest speakers from out of state recently found something at UAMS they wanted to take back with them more than any souvenir: the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program. “You have no idea how fortunate you are in Arkansas,” said John Schall, CEO of the national Caregiver Action Network. “The fact that there are several [...]

Schmieiding Home Caregiver Training featured on KTHV 11

The Family Caregiver class through the Schmieiding Home Caregiver Training Program at UAMS DWR Institute on Aging were promoted on KTHV 11 on November 15. These FREE 6 hour family caregiver classes for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Physical Skills are available throughout the year at the IOA and can people can register by calling 569-6500 or [...]

UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging Kicks Off Celebration of National Family Caregiver Month Nov. 9

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invites the public to attend a celebration of National Family Caregiver Month starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 at the institute. “We want to recognize the 452,000 family caregivers who contribute to the care of older adults in Arkansas,” [...]

Join us in Celebration of National Family Caregiver’s Month!

Family Caregiving touches nearly every person in this country.  Whether it is helping care for a young person with a disability, providing support to an ill spouse or helping care for an older adult in the home thousands of people give selfishly of their time and resources to help improve the quality of life for [...]

Caregiving Tip of the Month – Dealing with constipation

Constipation can be a common occurrence for an older adult, especially after an illness or hospitalization. Sitting on the commode for long periods of time can worsen the situation by increasing pressure in the lower colon and contribute to the development or inflammation of hemorrhoids. Certain medications also can worsen the situation by slowing down [...]

The Birthday Project

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program!  What does that mean, exactly?

Arkansans, Alzheimer’s and no cure in sight

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in the United States with the estimated cost for 2016 at $236 billion and is anticipated to rise to a trillion dollars by 2050. Alzheimer’s and related dementia care is provided by more than 15 million caregivers with an estimated 18.1 billion hours [...]