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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,…


July 23, 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) Summer 2019   I begin this letter with some exciting news. It was announced on June 10 that we were…


Helping Your Patients with the Medicare Maze

By Kathy Packard, MS, M.Ed., LPC Oaklawn Center on Aging   As a healthcare professional, you may be asked questions regarding Medicare. If your patients are approaching their 65th birthday or currently enrolled Medicare, they may be receiving daily mail with Medicare information, supplemental insurance and prescription drug plans (Part D).   With open enrollment in October…


Drug-Induced Parkinsonism in Older Adults

by Rachel Briggler, PharmD candidate and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, FCCP, MPH, BCPS, BCGP University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy   Drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) is one of the most common non-vascular neurological disorders in older adults but tends to go undiagnosed due to the similarities with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).2-3 DIP is an acute…


Involving Students in Holistic Wellness for Seniors

By Alicia S. Landry, PhD, RDN, LDN, SNS Lydia Sartain, MS, RD, LD, CDE Nina Roofe, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, CNWE College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Central Arkansas   Making the aging process fulfilling and enjoyable should be the goal of healthcare providers working with older adults. While indicators of wellness have…


Ways to improve health in your geriatric patients

By Dalton Smith, ATC, 1st Year SPT College of Nursing and Health Professions  Arkansas State University   In 2015 the world population of adults over the age of 60 was at 900 million but by 2050 that number is projected to be at 2 billion1! With this we should expect our patient population demographics to shift…



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