July 19, 2018

M*A*S*H Students and the Alzheimer’s Experience

Magnolia – Yesterday, the UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging (SACOA) brought the Alzheimer’s Experience to the UAMS South M*A*S*H students in Magnolia. M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) is a summer camp for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students interested in health careers.  Students selected into the program shadow five days in a…


July 16, 2018

Congratulations Lesley Ruiz, CNA!

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…


July 12, 2018

Dementia and Safety – Smoking

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 10, 2018

July HEAT – Plant Based Recipes with Paula Shackelford

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…


July 9, 2018

Caregiver Stress – Take Care of Yourself

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….


July 5, 2018

Help South Arkansas Seniors Beat the Heat

UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging Education Center and El Dorado Connections are teaming up to help South Arkansas senior citizens stay cool this summer.  Donations are being accepted through August 31, 2018 for bottled water and new/gently used fans. Drop off locations in El Dorado are at 824 Camp Street or at 106 West…


June 19, 2018

Traveling With a Dementia Patient

Traveling with a dementia patient can seem like a big mountain to climb, but sometimes it is necessary.  Whether it is an out of town family wedding or doctor appointment, planning ahead is vital to keep both the patient calm and the caregiver stress-free.  The Caregiver Notebook, by Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Ed.D., Robert Burns, M.D., and…


June 18, 2018

CNA Workshop with Angela Norman, DNP, GNP, ACNP

CNA Workshop Dementia Care in the Long-Term Care Setting:  A Model for Well-Being Presented by Angela Norman, DNP, GNP, ACNP, Associate Director, Reynolds Institute on Aging, Centers on Aging, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Who should attend:  Direct Care Staff Purpose:  To encourage and educate direct care staff to recognize and value the identiy…


June 14, 2018

Caregiver SUCCESS – Who is a Caregiver?

El Dorado – You may have an idea of what a caregiver is, but the typical caregiver is actually a 46 year old woman who works outside of the home.  Some are taking care of both parents and children.  How do you know if you’re a caregiver? Do you do household chores for a family…


June 13, 2018

May HEAT – Goat Cheese Benefits & Recipes

El Dorado – On Tuesday, June 12, the South Arkansas Center on Aging, Healthworks Fitness Center, the Medical Center of South Arkansas and Southark Workforce presented Healthy Eating and Tasting (HEAT).  Susan Harper was our guest and showed us goat cheese recipes and spoke about the health benefits. Interested in HEAT?  On July 10, Paula…


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