Caregiver Stress and Burnout

by Kathy Packard, MS, M.Ed., LPC, Director of Education, Oaklawn Center on Aging Caregivers, are you experiencing caregiver stress or burnout? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementia.  Approximately 35% of those 15 million caregivers report that their health has gotten worse due to caring for their [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|AGEC|0 Comments

Speech Entrainment: a Promising Approach for Aphasia

by Richelle Weese, M.S. CCC-SLP, University of Central Arkansas, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders   Conversational partners naturally adapt their verbal and nonverbal communicative actions to mimic, or more closely resemble each other. This is called speech, or rhythmic, entrainment (Borrie & Liss, 2014).  Speech entrainment (SE) is important for understanding normal speech production, [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|AGEC, University of Central Arkansas|0 Comments

Creating a Gerontology-focused Health Fair

  by Jessica E. Camp, MSN, APRN, AGCNS; Addie N. Fleming, MNSc, RN, CCRN; Valerie Fielder, BS, CDP, and Samantha M. Hollis, BSN, RN, CDP Edited by Dr. Susan Hanrahan and Dr. Linda Tate Arkansas State University, UAMS Center on Aging Northeast & Schmieding Home Caregvier Training Program, St. Bernards Medical Center   The committee designed [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|AGEC, Arkansas State University|0 Comments

From the Director’s Desk

by Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS Hello from the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for Arkansas. As we enter into the winter of 2018, there is snow on the ground and temps are single digits, but the sun is shining!  It is exciting to [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|AGEC|0 Comments

Statins: When Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks in the very Elderly?

by Taylor J Neeley and Lisa C Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, UAMS High quality studies show that statins significantly reduce all-cause mortality in older patients with established cardiovascular disease (CVD). One meta-analysis included approximately 20,000 patients between ages 65 and 82 with coronary heart disease who received either placebo or statin. There was a 22% decrease [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|AGEC, UAMS|0 Comments

From the Director’s Desk

By Ronni Chenoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative   The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, is working on goals and objectives for the second year of this program to educate health professionals, students, caregivers, first responders and the general public about issues and topics that affect our [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|AGEC, UAMS|0 Comments

10 Interesting Facts about Senior Citizens

By Regina V. Gibson, MALS, RN, CHES UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative   1. Senior Citizens are Still Active in the Workforce There are currently over 5 million senior citizens who are active in the work force. That means that 5 million older people are still sharing their skills and expertise to help make the [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|AGEC, UAMS, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Use of Technology and Home Exercise Compliance in Older Adults

By Chad Lairamore, PhD, PT, GCS, NCS and Sarah Walker, DPT University of Central Arkansas Patient compliance has been a consistent challenge to ensuring appropriate treatment within all fields of healthcare.1-3 Not only is compliance crucial to decreasing healthcare costs by  minimizing wasted healthcare dollars on repeated services where benefits are not fully realized; compliance [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|AGEC, UAMS, University of Central Arkansas|0 Comments

From the Director’s Desk

by Ronni Chernoff, PhD, AGEC Director and Professor, Department of Geriatrics We are getting started on year 2 of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. We just completed a progress report for the year that ended June 30, 2016. During 2015-2016, the partners in the AGEC offered 37 academic courses, [...]

By |August 4th, 2016|AGEC, Uncategorized|0 Comments

From the Director’s Desk

Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN, Director We are coming to the end of the first year of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. It is an appropriate time to look back on our first year and recap some of the continuing and new achievements. We continue to be proud [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|AGEC|0 Comments