November 14, 2017

Million Veteran Program: A Partnership with Veterans

  By Gretchen Gibson, DDS, MPH During this month of celebrating Veteran’s Day, it seemed appropriate to recognize another continued service of our Veterans, beyond their military time. The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a research program designed to better understand how genes affect health and illness. Data collected as part of the MVP will…


Occupational Therapy Student’s Poor Knowledge of Aging Demonstrates Need for Gerontological Literacy

by LaVona Traywick, PhD, University of Central Arkansas and Terry Griffin, PhD, Kansas State University Society as a whole is aging and there are not enough health care providers in any health related field, including Occupational Therapy, to meet the current or expected needs of the senior adult population (Eldercare Workforce Alliance, 2011). According to…


Health Literacy for Health Care Professionals

by Shanon Brantley, MCD, CCC-SLP, Arkansas State University Communication is a complex task. Communication between healthcare professionals and patients often increases this complexity due to reduced or poor health literacy skills of patients. Health literacy refers to “the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services they need to make…


November 13, 2017

2017 New Herpes Zoster Vaccine

by Ashley McPhee, PharmD Candidate and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences  (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. The rash usually occurs on one side from the middle of the back toward the chest, but it can occur…


From the Director’s Desk

by Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS This is my first “From the Director’s desk” article from the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for Arkansas. I am excited as we begin this year of grant activities and what this year holds for us. I have…


August 16, 2017

Student Research on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

  by Alicia S. Landry, PhD, RDN, LDN, SNS, Nina Roofe, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, Andreina Guedez, MS, Dietetic Intern, Taylor Sherrill, MS, Dietetic Intern, University of Central Arkansas Patients who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often experience unintentional weight loss. Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss may lead to the loss of…


Drums Alive®

  J.E. Camp MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, Edited by Linda Tate, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC Arkansas State University Is it warm where you are? The temperature outside may be hot enough to melt the pavement but it is still hot enough to have to rethink outside jogging.  If you are looking for indoor ways to work or…


Antidiabetic Medications in Older Adults

by Ashley Bizzell, PharmD Candidate, & Lisa C Hutchison, PharmD, MPH  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Older adults with diabetes find it more difficult to control their blood glucose and reach target hemoglobin A1C values.  One reason they have more difficulty is the difference in pharmacokinetics that medications have in older adults, specifically changes…


Elder Abuse Still Prevalent

By Regina V. Gibson, PhD, MALS, RN, CHES AGEC/GWEP Program Coordinator Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person; it is an important public health problem. A 2017 study based on the best available evidence from 52 studies in 28 countries from diverse regions, including twelve…


From the Director’s Desk

By Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN, AGEC/GWEP Director The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, has entered the third year of a 3-year grant. As we look forward to a new grant cycle at the end of 2017, we are making some changes to position us for new funding for the…



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