UAMS’ South Central Center on Aging Celebrates 10 Years Serving Region

By Ben Boulden

The center, part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is one of nine Centers on Aging throughout the state operated by the Arkansas Aging Initiative, a program of UAMS’ Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

“The South Central Center on Aging has been a leader in clinical and educational programs,” said Claudia Beverly, R.N., Ph.D., director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative. “The leadership of Dr. Dale Terrell and Theresa Horton has resulted in a strong partnership with Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the many community partners that includes the Area Agency on Aging. The number of older adults served continues to grow, and they enjoy better health.”

The center serves residents of Arkansas, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke and Saline counties.

The center provides quality, evidence-based geriatric care and educational programs and participates in dozens of area health fairs. Whether at its facility in the I-530 Medical Mall, a grocery store or a church, these health fairs meet older adults in the places they frequent most. Older adults and their loved ones receive screenings, including blood pressure and memory, and information on everything from chronic disease management to depression to exercise.

The center places equal emphasis on training the next generation of medical professionals, serving as a training site for medical residents and nursing students as well as students from other disciplines in providing medical and mental health care for older adults in south central Arkansas. It also provides home health aide and certified nursing assistant (CNA) training through the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program.

The center’s Senior Health Clinic, in partnership with Jefferson Regional Medical Center, allows better access to Interprofessional geriatric services for patients who may not live close to a hospital, physician specialist or therapy resources. It offers patient services at the clinic site, in the hospital, nursing home and, when warranted, in the home. The success of the Senior Health Clinic is evident in the more than 5,000 patient visits last year, up from 662 in the first year of operation.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.