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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,…


January 30, 2020

Online Dementia Training for UAMS First Responders

AGEC In the News   KARK Channel 4 (NBC) recently featured the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative in a video story about our recently-launched Online First Responder Dementia Training. You can check out KARK’s story about our online training, featuring interviews from UAMS Police Chief Barrentine and AGEC’s Laura Spradley, by clicking here. To learn…


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…



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