Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging


November 13, 2019

UAMS Scientist Shows Brain Sugar Malfunction in Alzheimer’s, Gains National Attention

Amy Widner

Dr. Barger in lab

Steven Barger, Ph.D. — a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — has entered the national spotlight for showing how the mechanism that brings sugar to the brain malfunctions in people with Alzheimer’s disease, highlighting a potential target for treatment. The study also explains why Alzheimer’s can mimic the symptoms of…


November 4, 2019

Pope County Man Spreads the News About Caregiver Training

Katrina Dupins

Don Guess

The son of a pastor, Guess learned from his parents to show compassion and help others whenever possible. Guess spent 42 years as a banker. During his career, he became acquainted with many people in Russellville and Pope County.  When a local doctor wanted to start a free clinic, he called Guess. That was the…


October 2, 2019

Geriatrics Update Speaker Gives Alternatives to Opioids in Pain Management

Ben Boulden

Guest speaker Don Teater, M.D., M.P.H., talks about the opioid crisis and alternatives to treating pain tat the Geriatrics and Long-term Care Update.

Oct. 2, 2019 | Like many physicians in the 1990s, Don Teater, M.D., M.P.H., was told that the medical community was not treating pain well enough, and like many of his peers he began prescribing more opioids in a good-faith effort to correct that. Teater was one of the guest speakers at the 20th annual…


September 30, 2019

UAMS-Sponsored Senior Expo Draws Crowds to Learn, Participate

Ben Boulden

Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., right, and Johnathan Goree, M.D., center, take part in a panel discussion on “New Treatments for Managing Pain.”

To the sounds of bingo numbers being called out, speakers on a main stage and the general murmur of conversations, several hundred seniors circulated through the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock to participate in the Senior Expo. Sponsored by UAMS and presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the event pulled visitors from throughout central…


August 27, 2019

UAMS Sets Fall Computer Classes for Adults

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK –Several computer classes for adults will be taught this fall by the Little Rock Digital Learning Center. One class will be held at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the others at Second Presbyterian Church. The September and October classes and workshops will be…


July 31, 2019

Two Grants Allow UAMS to Start Free Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s

Amy Widner

Two people, one in wheelchair, making big movements with arms

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received two grants totaling almost $29,000 to launch a free exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism. The Parkinson’s Foundation provided $13,924.59 to train, staff and support the program, and the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation of Little Rock provided $15,000 for the equipment. “Treating…


June 10, 2019

UAMS Sets Summer Computer Classes for Adults

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK – Two computer classes – Intermediate Computers and Computer Basics – will be taught this summer for adults at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The courses will be presented by the Little Rock Digital Learning Center, a nonprofit volunteer group in collaboration with LifeQuest…


March 18, 2019

Virtual Reality Reveals Challenges of Aging

Ben Boulden

Using virtual reality technology, Nathan King experiences a simulation of vision and hearing loss.

Nathan King was experiencing hearing loss and the blurred vision that comes with macular degeneration even though his eyes and ears were just fine. Through a computer simulation, King, an education coordinator in the new UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation, was learning what the challenges are for older adults who live with these…


January 15, 2019

UAMS Receives Building from Schmieding Foundation

David Wise

The Schmieding Foundation in Springdale has given the building that houses the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education to UAMS.

The Schmieding Foundation in Springdale has given the $4.85 million building that houses the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, joined Schmieding Foundation President Gilda Underwood and Schmieding Foundation Vice President/Treasurer…


December 17, 2018

UAMS Sets January Computer Classes for Adults

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK – Two computer classes – Computer Basics and Intermediate Computers – and one 50-minute workshop will be taught in January for adults at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The courses will be presented by the LifeQuest Digital Learning. Little Rock Digital Learning Center, a…



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