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.


  • Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's CaregiversDecember 5, 2019

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    Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring. However, when celebrations, special events,…

  • Holiday Travel Tips for CaregiversNovember 26, 2019

    senior in wheelchair

    Family togetherness is one of the best things about the holidays. As fun as these times are, extended travel can be hard on all of us, especially senior citizens. The difficulties that arise from busy roads, shifting plans and accommodation searching can often overwhelm seniors. This is why caring for your elderly family member should…

  • Cold Weather Is Here....What You Need to Know About HypothermiaNovember 13, 2019

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    Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body temperature of 95°F or lower can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse. A heavy wind can quickly lower your body temperature. Check the weather forecast for windy and cold…

  • WCCOA Caregiver of the Year 2019November 5, 2019

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    The West Central Center on Aging is celebrating our 2019 Caregiver of the Year, Debbie Smith. Debbie is the caregiver for both her mother and father. She is doing an exceptional job caring for her parents. Congratulations Debbie!

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