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    AGEC Geriatric Student Scholar - Samantha's Blog

    April 29, 2019 | sajni

    About this Blog:  AGEC Geriatric Student Scholars provide a first hand account of their experience as a Geriatric Student Scholar at the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative.  My name is Samantha Pennington, and I am a 2019 Geriatric Student Scholar for the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC). I am from the small town of…

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    From The Director’s Desk

    April 23, 2019 | wthomasson

    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 2019 As the days become long and warm, the AGEC is busy with programs and activities. We completed…

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    Suicide Prevention in the Older Adult Population

    April 23, 2019 | wthomasson

    By Alex Henry, BS-CD & Hannah Speer, OTD/S College of Nursing and Health Professions Arkansas State University   Every day 10,000 people turn 65 years old (Heimlich & Heimlich, 2014). Because of this, the elderly adult population is increasing rapidly. Of this elderly population, 40% will need some form of long term care whether it…

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    Communicating with patients. What is the best strategy?

    April 23, 2019 | wthomasson

    By Jacquie Rainey, DrPH, MCHES College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Central Arkansas   Effective communication with patients is integral to a patient and family-centered approach to care. Effective communication contains elements such as establishing rapport, gaining trust, determining readiness to learn (change), considering the patient’s perspective and asking the right questions. The question…

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    Behavioral problems in dementia

    April 23, 2019 | wthomasson

    By Priya Priyambada, MD AGEC Geriatric Fellow Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Geriatrics University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences   The elderly population is the fastest growing cohort of people in the United States. The number of Americans 65 and older is approximately 46 million presently but this number is projected to double by 2060,…

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    Chronic Pain Self-Management Program: A Community Approach to Build Self-Efficacy in Pain Management

    April 23, 2019 | wthomasson

    By Theresa Horton, MNSc, CNP, GNP-BC Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, UAMS   Chronic pain can be caused by multiple problems including disease processes, muscle tension, muscle deconditioning, lack of or poor quality sleep, stress, anxiety or other difficult emotions and even certain medications. For many a “pain cycle” appears with one symptom leading…

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