Northwest Arkansas Event to Promote Successful Aging

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LITTLE ROCK — Aging in Arkansas will be the focus of an event scheduled for Nov. 3-4 in Rogers. The Silver Summit will be held at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center and will feature topics of interest to home caregivers, health care professionals, baby boomers and others interested in successful aging.


Conference sessions are free and open to the public. A tradeshow will be held in conjunction with the summit and will include information on areas including health care and wellness, care giving and other resources. For information, call (479) 751-3043.


The event is sponsored by the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the Northwest Health System; and two other UAMS programs, the Area Health Education Center – Northwest and the Arkansas Aging Initiative.


Sen. Blanche Lincoln and University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles, are honorary co-chairmen. Speakers will include David Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UAMS Institute on Aging.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,300 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.4 billion a year.