We are experts in caregiving.

The UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Training Program and the West Central 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.


  • Alzheimer’s expected to grow in Fort Smith region, throughout ArkansasMarch 27, 2018

    Southwest Times Record, FORT SMITH, AR - The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia is expected to grow on a state and regional level in the coming years. Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association Event Director Carly Dethlefs said roughly 56,000 people in the state who currently live with the disease and that number is expected to…

  • In Home Assistant class practice skillsMarch 5, 2018

    The latest IHA class began on February 26th and have been working hard to master all skill and information.  The ten students in this class have a bright future!

  • Healthy CookingFebruary 8, 2018

    Fort Smith Ar-#HealthyCooking  Taco Salad is a quick and easy meal that is both healthy and budget friendly. This meal can feed a family of 4 for under $10. UAMS West Central Center on Aging offers class demonstrations on cooking healthy meals that are budget friendly. Call 479-478-8819 for more information on class schedules and…

  • January GraduatesFebruary 2, 2018

    Pictured are the first 2018 Schmieding Fort Smith graduates.  Both have worked very hard on class work and skills and have a bright future in caregiving.  Congratulations Taylor and Maria!

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