Public Invited to Free Senior Housing Fair, Lunch at Bella Vista Schmieding Center

By Jon Parham

“Options in Senior Housing” was organized in response to the growing number of older adults in Arkansas, and its goal is to provide the latest information on housing.
For more information, contact Sherry White at 479-876-2335 or

The event is sponsored in part by the Bella Vista Schmieding Center, a satellite of the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education of Northwest Arkansas, which is part of the Arkansas Aging Initiative, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.  The Bella Vista Property Owners Association also is a partner, and Apple Blossom Independent Retirement Living will provide a free lunch to the first 100 attendees.

More than 25 exhibitors will participate.

Topics for breakout sessions are:
• “Your Retirement Home: Ten Most Important Overlooked Features,” Korydon Smith, associate professor, School of Architecture, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
• “Downsizing 101: Getting Rid of Stuff, Living in Less Space and Loving It!” Nancy Leake, executive director, Senior Living Concepts
• “Options in Senior Housing: An Overview of Subsidized and Non-Subsidized Housing in NWA,” Vicki Watts, director of Senior Housing, Area Agency on Aging (AARP), and Brenda Anderson, associate director, Community Development Corporation
• “Reverse Equity Mortgages: What They Are and Are They Right for You?” Steve Allen, mortgage loan officer, Liberty Bank of Arkansas.

Exhibitors will include area realtors; independent, catered and assisted living providers; nursing homes; AARP; Arkansas Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and other agencies related to building, remodeling and relocating.

The event also is made possible with financial support from Humana, Concordia Retirement Center, Legacy Village Greenhouse Assisted Living, AARP, Autumn Place Assisted Living, Innisfree Senior Living Community and Presidential Conversions, Inc.  
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or