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April 23, 2019

Melatonin Prophylaxis for Delirium

by Sathyanand Kumaran, MFSc, MS, PharmD and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, FCCP, MPH, BCPS, BCGP University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy   Delirium is a common clinical syndrome characterized by inattention and acute cognitive dysfunction and manifests clinically with a wide range of neuropsychiatric abnormalities. 1 It can occur at any age, but…


January 31, 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)   Happy New Year from all of us at the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative! I hope everyone had a wonderful…


January 30, 2019

Screening for Dementia

By Kevin Rowell, Ph.D. Department of Psychology and Counseling, University of Central Arkansas   It seemed to Karen that her 78 year-old mother was having more trouble remembering people’s names, recalling the right words to use in a conversation, and driving with some confusion about which routes to take. Karen noted that her mother’s difficulties…


Tech and Aging

By Jessica Camp, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC College of Nursing & Health Professions, Arkansas State University   It appears that more older adults are using technology in their daily lives (Davis, 2019). According to a study by AARP, mobile devices and computers are the primary technology used by this population (Anderson, 2017, p. 3). To a…


It’s not all sunshine and roses: Closing the rehab gap

By Christopher S. Walter, PT, DPT, PhD AGEC Geriatric Fellow Assistant Professor Department of Physical Therapy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Fayetteville   Have you ever considered that your current treatment of drug therapies is not working for you? If you have, you aren’t alone. In fact, the top-ten highest grossing drugs in the…


January 7, 2019

High-Risk Over-the-Counter Medications for Older Adults

By Katie Cummins, PharmD Candidate 2019 and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP, FCCP Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS   As our patients age, their bodies undergo physiological changes that alter their responses to many drugs. Kidney and liver function decline so that some drugs stay in the body longer or accumulate to…


October 29, 2018

Mitigating Risk of Intracranial Hemorrhage while using Blood Thinners

By Hope Quattlebaum, PharmD candidate and Lisa C Hutchison, PharmD, MPH Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS     Blood thinners, such as novel oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs), reduce the risk of developing an emboli (clot) in conditions such as atrial fibrillation (afib), deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and other cardiovascular conditions. The NOACs include…


October 25, 2018

Seniors Bullying Seniors

Theresa Horton, MNSc, CNP, GNP-BC, CADDCT, CFRDT Director of Education South Central Center on Aging   Anti-Bullying Month is observed in October.   Bullying is typically associated with a younger population. However, bullying among adults occurs in multiple settings and older adults are not immune from being victims.     Bullying is defined as “unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or…


Opioid Abuse Among Older Adults: A Growing Concern

By Stephanie Rose, MSW Department of Health Sciences, University of Central Arkansas   With the increase among the aging Baby-Boomer population, there has been an overall increase of prescription drug use. Many older adults struggle with co-morbid diagnoses, contributing to multiple prescriptions being consumed at one time (Dowell, 2016). Older adults are also more likely…


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 greetings from the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for Arkansas. As we enter…



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