October 13, 2009

UAMS Invites Older Adults to Get a 20-Minute ‘CarFit’

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will host a free AARP program Oct. 31 designed to help older drivers become more acquainted with safety and other features of their vehicles.

Called CarFit, the program is open to the public and will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 31 in the parking lot of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive on the UAMS campus.

No appointments are necessary, and each car inspection by representatives of the AARP will take about 20 minutes. CarFit involves checking the rearview mirror alignment, seat adjustment, steering wheel position, driver distance from steering wheel, lights, etc.

For more information, contact Marsha Hines at 501-526-6553 or hinesmarsham@uams.edu.

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 2,775 students and 748 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 employers 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 www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.