Schmieding Program in Springdale Hosts Healthy Families #Stick Together Nov. 18

By Ben Boulden

Healthy Families #Stick Together is presented by the National Alliance for Caregiving. Local Walgreens pharmacists will provide education on the importance of adult vaccinations for shingles, pneumonia, tetanus and flu. The pharmacists will offer immunizations for flu, pneumonia and a booster that covers diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) to those who bring their health insurance information.

The program is free and no registration is required, though reservations can be made by calling 479-750-1989. Free box lunches will be provided to the first 40 attendees. The UAMS Schmieding Center is at 2422 N. Thompson St.

The Schmieding Center is one of four pilot sites for the national program, which is supported with a grant from Pfizer and additional in-kind support from CVS Health and Walgreens.

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.