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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.

  • September is Healthy Aging MonthAugust 29, 2019

    woman outside doing yoga

    What are some issues that may affect me as I age? Back Pain....Back pain is more common the older you get. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. Injuries from accidents or falls, mechanical problems with the back itself (such as ruptured disks…

  • Remember Your Shots!August 1, 2019

    Older adult getting shot

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Shots (or vaccines) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Vaccines aren’t just for kids – adults need to get vaccinated to stay protected from serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and…

  • Become A REST CompanionJuly 10, 2019


    **This program is pending  (new date to follow in August 2019) REST (Respite Education and Support Tools) is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children.  The West Central Center on Aging will provide REST Training…

  • Do You Want To Be A CNA?July 3, 2019

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    Would you like to begin a career as a CNA? The UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Training Program offers the education necessary to become a Certified Nursing Assistant - all in a 15 day class! Our next session will begin August 5th. For more information phone 479-478-8819 or email ljhoward@uams.edu

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