Free Family Caregiver Workshop to be held Nov. 16

By Lee Hogan

The workshop will be held 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at 629 Jack Stephens Dr.

For information or to register, call 501-526-6500, or email rahoward@uams.edu.  Parking is available on the Parking 3 deck at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Cedar Street.

The workshop will present an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and provide caregiving tips that maintain respect, dignity and quality of life for the person living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Information will be presented on nutrition, behavior, communication techniques and activities

This workshop is sponsored by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.  This program improves the quality of care for older adults through education by offering programs for health professionals, first responders, family caregivers and direct care workers.

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging serves the needs of an aging generation with the highest standards of research and care. It was established through a 1997 gift of $28.8 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and expanded through a 2009 foundation gift of $33.4 million. Within the institute is the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI), created from part of Arkansas’ share of the Master Tobacco Settlement to improve the health of older Arkansans through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs, and to influence state and national health policy. The AAI created seven Centers on Aging throughout the state to provide senior adults access to quality care within a 60-mile drive from their homes. These centers offer the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program so older adults might have more opportunities to remain at home.