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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.


  • January CNA Class Enrolling NowJanuary 17, 2020

    CNA working with older adult

    Would you like to become a CNA? Do you have a heart for caregiving? CNA classes are enrolling now in Fort Smith! Our next 15 day class begins January 21st. For more information phone 479-478-8819 or email ljhoward@uams.edu

  • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)December 10, 2019

    DEEP information

    The West Central Center on Aging will offer DEEP (Diabetes Empowerment Education Program) at the Greenwood Public Library, each Thursday, January 9th - February 13th from 2 pm - 4 pm. The Greenwood Public Library is located at 18 North Adair Street in Greenwood. This six week program will offer hands-on training for diabetes including:…

  • Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's CaregiversDecember 5, 2019

    holiday family gathering

    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…

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