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The UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Training Program and the El Dorado Center on Aging offer a variety of programs to the community. In addition to Certified Nursing Assistant training, we offer free workshops for family caregivers providing unpaid care to older adults in the home and a variety of other free educational programs for seniors designed to promote healthy living.  Be sure to check out our program calendar in your area.


  • Congratulations Lesley Ruiz, CNA!July 16, 2018

    El Dorado - Congratulations to Lesley Ruiz, the latest UAMS Schmieding student to pass her Arkansas CNA exam!  We're so proud of her!  Leslie took the class with her daughter and brought leadership and comic relief to the class.  We knew she had greatness in her and congratulate her on taking this step toward a…

  • Dementia and Safety - SmokingJuly 12, 2018

    People with dementia will begin to lose the ability to take care of themselves.  You can't predict what a person with dementia will do.  And aside from the obvious health risks that come with smoking, a smoker with dementia can be very dangerous.  Here are some safety tips from the Caregiver Notebook, by Jennifer Martindale-Adams,…

  • July HEAT - Plant Based Recipes with Paula ShackelfordJuly 10, 2018

    Today's monthly Healthy Eating and Tasting (HEAT), presented by UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging, Healthworks Fitness Center, SouthArk and the Medical Center of South Arkansas, was held.  Paula Shackelford was our presenter and spoke about the benefits of a Whole Foods Plant Based Lifestyle. Paula, a blogger of healthy eating, spoke at length about…

  • Caregiver Stress - Take Care of YourselfJuly 9, 2018

    Caregiving is a labor of love, but all caregivers need to ensure good physical and mental health.  Caregiver stress is very common, whether the caregiver is a loved one, a friend or an employee.  Ten common signs, from the Alzheimer's Association: Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed.…

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