Free Legal Document Preparation, Health Screenings Offered at UAMS to Seniors Sept. 24

By Ben Boulden

“Serving our Seniors,” the free legal document preparation for seniors, will allow pre-registered attendees to meet with pro bono attorneys who will assist them in creating basic, pre-determined legal documents such as living wills and basic wills.

The volunteer attorneys will be coordinated with the assistance of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. It is the first-time in its 16-year history the conference has offered legal document preparation services. To register for “Serving our Seniors,” call (501) 661-7962 or go to To learn more about free legal aid in Arkansas visit

The health screenings need no registration and will include screenings for cognition deficits, depression, blood pressure, vision, hearing as well as assessments of sleep health, nutrition health and basic function measures.

The Geriatrics and Long-Term Care Update, to be held Sept. 23-27, was begun by Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Institute on Aging, to provide the latest information to physicians and other health professionals, as well as caregivers to the aging population. For more information or to register, go to:

Also for the first time, attorneys will present along with health care providers to offer a unique opportunity to learn about legal and medical issues important to seniors.

Co-coordinators for this pre-conference session are Priya Mendirata, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics, Farnia Amirnia, M.D., associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics, Vince Morris, J.D., director of the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership, Amy Pritchard, J.D., visiting assistant clinical professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, and Victor Richardson, J.D., associate director of the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership.

“We are especially excited to have the participation for the first time of the legal community in this year’s update,” said Wei. “That will add even more to the value and relevance of the conference, which after 15 years has a well-established reputation for communicating the latest findings and best practices in geriatrics.”

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