October 18, 2019

CNA Fast Track Graduates

Graduation day for Schmieding students

Congratulation to the latest CNA Fast Track graduates – Tonya Dempster and Jordan Wilson. They are both ready to take the state exam and begin their careers in the caregiving field. We know that Tonya and Jordan will do great things! If you would like more information on becoming a CNA contact us at 479-478-8819…

October 4, 2019

FUMC Grant for Caregiving

FUMS presenting grant check

The West Central on Aging was one of the first recipients of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith Community Grant. The Grant Committee representatives presented the check to WCCOA Education Director, Patricia Clark. This grant will be used to train caregivers in the Fort Smith community. Thank you First United Methodist Church of…

September 23, 2019

Senior Care Alliance Conference

booth at senior care alliance conference

The West Central Center on Aging attended the annual Senior Care Alliance Conference on September 22 and 23 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.  The event was well attended by local senior care providers and organization that provide senior care.  The conference theme this year was “No Longer Lost At Sea”.   Over 100 people stopped…

August 29, 2019

September is Healthy Aging Month

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…

August 1, 2019

Remember Your Shots!

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…

July 10, 2019

Become A REST Companion


**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…

July 3, 2019

Do You Want To Be A CNA?

Caregiver with elderly lady

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

May 31, 2019

Keep Your Skin Healthy

woman outside doing yoga

Summer is upon us…some sun can be good for you, but to keep your skin healthy, be careful. Limit time in the sun. It’s okay to go out during the day, but try to avoid being in sun during peak times when the sun’s rays are strongest. For example, during the summer, try to stay…

May 8, 2019


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…

April 12, 2019

Healthy Cooking

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…

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