UAMS GWEP – Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources programming offered by the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC)

Community Awareness: Alzheimer’s Experience: Take a Walk in Their Shoes
The experience consists of 5-10 minute per-person tours. This program can be requested as a special event on-location for large groups, including communities of faith and employees at senior living centers and medical facilities in Arkansas. The demonstration will simulate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including loss of hearing, vision, sensory nerves, fine motor skills and onset of arthritis and neuropathy.

The goal is to increase awareness of the physical challenges and sensory disorders common in people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia so that caregivers and health care providers can become more empathetic. This will enable them to provide care and living arrangements that are more sensitive and suitable for these individuals.

The kit includes facilitator’s guide, debriefing materials and tools to simulate various symptoms of dementia. This program is designed to be portable to conduct on location.  The tour kit can be ordered through the UAMS AGEC by contacting us by email at agec@uams.edu or by phone at +1 (501) 526-7482.

Since 2015, over 1400 individuals have taken the tour.

First Responder Dementia Training
This program offers a 3 hour face to face dementia training program for First Responders. Also in development is an online training of the same content that can be viewed digitally by computer.

A visor card was developed to assist first responders on the job. The tip card can be ordered through the UAMS AGEC by contacting us by email at agec@uams.edu  or by phone at +1 (501) 526-7482.

Since 2015, over 1450 first responders have taken this training.

Guest Speaker or Certified Trainer Presentations  for caregivers offered by UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative

  • Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – on location presentation by request
    The AGEC offers informational programs about understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for community awareness and knowledge. These programs can be requested based on your organizations needs (30 minutes, 1 or 2 hours in length) at  your location.  We ask requests will serve at least 25 attendees. The AGEC will help promote and market these programs for your event. Contact Us for more information

Since 2018, over 300 individuals have attended CE programs with over 900 receiving dementia focused education.

  • Family Caregiver Workshop – Dementia
    Four- to eight-hour workshops available to the public statewide, instructed by a UAMS Educator. The workshop will present an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and provide caregiving tips that contribute to maintaining respect, dignity, and quality of life for the person living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For requests, contact by agec@uams.edu 

Since 2015, over 1200 unpaid caregivers have attended this program.

Free CE Webinars 

The UAMS AGEC offers several free continuing education programs on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease topics to various disciplines including national CE hours for Nursing, Physicians and Pharmacist.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get announcements about upcoming CE programs or visit our Health Professional Continuing Education page here. 

Since 2015, over 3,000 individuals have attended UAMS AGEC sponsored CE programs with 900 of those attendees receiving dementia focused education.

Certified Alzheimer’s disease Course

This 16-hour course provides direct care workers in a home care, adult day care or institutional setting information and instruction on how to provide support and care for a person with dementia.  Participants receive basic information on the various types and causes of dementia, diseases and conditions frequently associated with dementia, and practical tips on managing challenging behaviors such as wandering and resistance to daily hygiene.  Participants also receive instruction and demonstration of communication techniques, environmental modification and activities.

The UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program under grant #U1QHP28723

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