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.


    May is Stroke Awareness month

    May is National Stroke Month.  Many health and heart organizations come together every May to raise awareness about the causes and effects of stroke. One of their biggest campaigns is FAST, teaching the world to know the symptoms of stroke and how to respond quickly to help save a life. Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke…

  • Healthy CookingApril 12, 2019

    healthy cooking class

    Healthy Cooking classes are open to the public and FREE. This class is held on the last Wednesday of each month at the Donald W Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 South M Street in Fort Smith. This Healthy Cooking class will teach nutritious and budget friendly ways to prepare meals at home. Class size is…

  • CNA Graduates - Prepared to begin their future as a caregivingApril 11, 2019

    3.19 CNA graduates

    After 3 weeks of classroom lectures, homework, test, skills practice and 2 days of working with a CNA in a nursing home - the students pictured have proven that they are ready to begin working as a caregiver.  They will be taking the state CNA exam and becoming CNA's. If you would like to become…

  • CNA Students Learn Many SkillsMarch 22, 2019

    CNA students taking blood pressure

    Vital signs are a big part of a CNA's life. Pictured are two students learning to take blood pressure. The class spent time taking each others blood pressure and perfecting their skills. If you would like more information on becoming a CNA phone 479-478-8819 or email ljhoward@uams.edu and join the next class. Our next class…

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