AGEC


July 28, 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) Summer 2020   Summer of 2020, I think is one most of us will never forget.  It has changed many…


July 27, 2020

AGEC Educational Programs Improving Knowledge for Arkansans

By Undergraduate students Nicole Henry, Rachel Lance, Alexis Ozden, and Sarah Wilson and Jennifer Peszka, PhD Department of Psychology Hendrix College   Over the last year, AGEC presented two of our educational programs (Understanding Opioids Forum and Elder Abuse and Neglect Awareness) to almost 200 people across Arkansas. This spring, a group of Hendrix students and…


Lemborexant: Is it the Newest Wonder Drug for Insomnia in the Elderly?

By Hayley Harrington, PharmD candidate and Lisa C. Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy   Many older adults suffer from insomnia and struggle to find a treatment that works for them. 1 Untreated insomnia can increase the risk of cognitive impairment, cardiovascular disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome….


Social Participation in Assisted Living Facilities: Occupational Therapy’s Role

By Amanda Mohler, OTD, OTR/L Department of Occupational Therapy Arkansas State University   The number of older adults residing in the United States is becoming unparalleled. Advances in medical care, aging baby boomers, and increased life expectancy are common causes related to an increase in the aging population. By 2030, all baby boomers will be…


Physical Disability and Mortality in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Justification for Exercise

By David Taylor, PhD, PT Department of Physical Therapy University of Central Arkansas   Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from insulin resistance.  Research studies indicate that complications such as cardiovascular disease,1 peripheral vascular disease, 2 retinopathy, 3 and loss of physical function 4 are associated with type 2…


June 15, 2020

Meet Our 2020 Geriatric Fellows

UAMS AGEC 2020 Geriatric Fellows Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director and Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN, AGEC Associate Director are pleased to announce awardees for the 2020 Junior Faculty Fellowships in geriatrics at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS. Obioma Nwaiwu, MD, PhD and Stephanie Trotter, PhD, RN were notified of…


May 4, 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) Spring 2020 Is this a new AGEC era? What a difference a few weeks make.  Last time I wrote this…


April 27, 2020

Age-Friendly Healthcare in Rural Arkansas

By Leah Tobey, MBA, PT, DPT Clinical Coordinator UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative   My name is Dr. Leah Tobey and I am the clinical coordinator for the AGEC team. As part of our HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, we have goals to improve clinical health outcomes of older adults in the primary care setting….


Does Age-Related Hearing Loss Worsen Cognitive Decline?

By Natalie Benafield, Au.D., CCC-A Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Central Arkansas   Most of us associate aging with a decline in hearing acuity, with good reason. Two-thirds of individuals over 70 years of age have a loss in hearing that would be considered clinically significant. Communication obviously suffers, causing frustration for both the…


Hospice: A Transition of Care to End of Life

By Dr. Angela Schmidt, Professor Emeritus College of Nursing and Health Professions Arkansas State University   Transitioning from one care setting to another in the United States Healthcare system, has become complex and problematic, especially for  older adults and other vulnerable populations. Included in these transitions is hospice care, provided at home, in a hospital,…



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