March 26, 2020

Do I need a Living Will?

Living will, advance directives

Everyone should have Advance Directives. Life-threatening health problems, accidents, and illnesses can happen to anyone at any time. Advance Directives help “direct” others to follow your wishes about the kinds of care you do and do not want when you cannot make decisions yourself. So what are Advance Medical Directives?  They are written wishes about…

February 14, 2020

Opioid Prevention for Aging and Longevity – O.P.A.L.

Opioid crisis, alternative pain meds, cognitive behavioral therapy

Opioids are a class of drugs that include both illegal & prescription drugs but most importantly pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), fentanyl, hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sadly, Arkansas has the 2nd highest overall opioid prescribing rate in the nation. Especially…

January 10, 2020

New Decade, Less Clutter

Caregiver, Declutter, Aging Parents, Organizing

As the New Year as well as a new decade begins, many people are looking at ways to de-clutter and organize their homes and lives as a way of moving forward and de-stressing hectic schedules. Furthermore, after a holiday visit to your parent or grandparent’s homes, families may be considering to downsize for their loved…

October 1, 2019

Center on Aging Northeast and Schmieding to host 3rd Annual Senior Expo.

Senior Expo, Expogitupchallenge

A bunch of Hootin’ and Hollerin’ to a better state of health will take place Nov. 8 at Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro .  The 3rd Annual Senior Expo brought to by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Center on Aging-Northeast and Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program.  The Free event will be held…

August 29, 2019

Senior Expo To Be Held November 8 in Jonesboro

Senior Expo, Expogitupchallenge

Jonesboro, AR – Plans are underway for the 3rd annual Center on Aging Senior Expo.  Vendor booths, health screenings, flu shots, door prizes, FREE catfish lunch and Bingo are just a few of the things planned for this years event to be held November 8 from 9 am til 2 pm at the Nettleton Baptist…

August 21, 2019

UAMS Centers on Aging Welcomes New Director

New COA Director

Amyleigh Overton-McCoy, Ph.D., APRN,  has been named the director of the UAMS Centers on Aging, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She succeeds Angela Norman, D.N.P., who succeeded Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., as the director of these statewide programs. Norman will continue to…

July 8, 2019

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Avoid the extreme heat

Older adults are more prone to heat related illnesses due to several factors in the summer months.  Existing health conditions and vulnerability to new ones are common in the summer.  Several measures can be taken to avoid health related complications which include: Staying inside during peak hours of the day Wearing sunglasses to prevent damaging…

May 16, 2019

Support When YOU Need it Most

Support Groups, Alzheimer's Support, Caregiver support

Jonesboro, AR ~ Catch phrases come and go, but there is one that has taken off recently that is worthy of sharing.  Have you found your “tribe?”  According to the Urban Dictionary a tribe is defined as a group of friends that becomes your family.  Some people refer to their own family as their tribe. …

May 10, 2019

Take a Walk in Their Shoes- Alzheimer’s Experience


Jonesboro, AR ~ When the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program rode into Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to offer a Dementia Experience, the staff at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center were able to “Take a Walk in Their Shoes.” This sensory activity provides an in-depth look into what even simple, everyday tasks can be like for a…

March 18, 2019

Caregiver Programs Available in Jonesboro

Alzheimer's Support group, Caregiver Skills, Find your Tribe

Jonesboro, AR ~ Helping you discover ways to handle caregiver challenges are very important to us at the UAMS Centers on Aging and Schmieding Caregiver Training Program. Coming up this week and next in Jonesboro are 2 events that will help caregivers meet those challenges with less difficulty. A Caregiver Support Group for families of…

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