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January 15, 2020

From The Director’s Desk

By Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging (DWR IOA) Winter 2020 Happy New Year and Happy New Decade from all of us at the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative!  I…


Integrated Care: The Role of Mental Health Practitioners on the Primary Health Care Team

By Kevin Rowell, PhD Department of Psychology and Counseling University of Central Arkansas   As with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2017, U.S. health care continues to develop the patient-centered medical home model as a way of efficiently coordinating health care delivery. Especially for older patients where complexity of health care is…


Promoting Safe Driving Among Older Adults Using Driving Simulation Technology

By Amanda Mohler, OTD, OTR/L Department of Occupational Therapy Arkansas State University   Driving is a dynamic task requiring the active engagement of an individual’s sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and motor systems. However, as individuals age, the systems are at risk of declining, resulting in poorer accuracy of driving performance. Research shows the effects of aging…


What’s New in the 2019 Guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia?

By Blaze Calderon, Juliana Oguh, and Lisa C. Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy   Several factors increase the frequency of infection and pneumonia in older adults including lowered immune function, the presence of comorbid conditions, and nursing home residence.1 Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is defined as an…


Geriatric Student Scholars Selected for 2020

By Whitney Thomasson, MAP Research Assistant UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative   It is with great pleasure that the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) announces its 2020 selection for the Geriatric Student Scholars program: Abbey Belote (Doctorate of Physical Therapy student), Caitlyn Crowder (Doctorate of Audiology student), Serena Van (Doctorate of Pharmacy student), Rebekah…


October 24, 2019

From The Director’s Desk

By Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging (DWR IOA) Fall 2019   Hello everyone from the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for Arkansas. Summer…


Leakage – Is it a Normal Part of Aging?

By Leah R. Tobey, PT, DPT Clinical Coordinator UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative   First and foremost, having a candid conversation with your healthcare provider is the very best way to manage leakage, whether it be urine or bowel. But, do keep reading this article for your personal and professional knowledge. According to the National…


To Sleep or Not to Sleep? Management of Insomnia and the Elderly

By Sarah Albanese, PharmD and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Approximately, 50% of older adults report trouble falling and staying asleep.1 As people age, sleep cycle changes, chronic medical conditions, and medications decrease total sleep time, increase awakenings, and decrease time in deep sleep.1 Insomnia…


Physical Activity for Older Adults

By Stacy Harris, DNP, APRN School of Nursing University of Central Arkansas Being physically active is one of the most important lifestyle habits people of all ages can take to improve their health. Recently, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2018), released new physical activity guidelines. The new guideline recommends adults try…


Special Focus Facility Programs for the Aging Population

Dr. Angela Stone Schmidt, Professor Emeritus College of Nursing & Health Professions Arkansas State University   The “Special Focus Facility” (SFF) program, is implemented by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the aging and others requiring the need for long term nursing care. The purpose of this initiative is to keep the public,…



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