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Patient stories about Senior Health

May 6, 2016

UAMS South Central Center on Aging to Hold Free Family Caregiver Workshop May 26-27 in Pine Bluff

Ben Boulden

LITTLE ROCK – The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop May 26-27 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop will be held 8 a.m. – noon at the…

August 17, 2015

‘Lewy’s Here’: Popular Coach Shares Journey with Lewy Body Dementia


With his wife, Jennifer, by his side, the 62-year-old says he’s confident he’s got the best team of professionals with the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS as he faces a life that’s slipping away.Tom Webb knows a lot about building confidence, teaching strategy and working toward a goal as a team. “I was…

October 30, 2014

Ten Years of Blindness Ended


At UAMS our goal is to provide the best care for every patient every day. Our patients say it best, and their stories are really the story of UAMS. All the formal awards and accolades just can’t tell the UAMS story better than the words of our patients. Sue Carter was successfully treated at the…

August 17, 2014

Aging Institute Helps Patient Thrive at 75


Note from Dr. Gohar Azhar: We reported in 2013 on Nancy Alewine’s adventures of zip-lining and skydiving from an airplane at 14,500 feet. Fast-track to 2016 and just a few weeks ago, at the age of 79, the remarkable Nancy Alewine successfully jumped off the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. The…

August 15, 2014

Patient, 88, Perseveres to Earn Graduate Degree


Shirley Pence, 88, has learned the open secret about aging: To be able to keep doing things, you need to keep doing things. “It’s about perseverance,” Pence said. A patient of Priya Mendiratta, M.D., in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, surgery at UAMS for carpal…

April 17, 2014

You Should Know This Lady


If you live in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood near UAMS, maybe you have attended one of her “know your neighbors” front porch watermelon festivals. If you exercise in the Ottenheimer Fitness Center at Reynolds Institute, you recognize her as that “incredible 90-year-old woman who works out just about every day.” And if you are Paul…

December 10, 2013

Arthritis Patient Can Hold Wife’s Hand Again


After suffering from a severe condition of rheumatoid arthritis, Teddy Jones is now able to walk again. For four years, he spent his time either in his wheelchair or hospital bed. He was unable to do any of the activities outside that he enjoyed doing such as gardening and fishing. Teddy credits UAMS for his…

November 17, 2013

Walking Into a Healthier Lifestyle with SilverSneakers


After losing her husband of 47 years, Joyce Elrod felt a little lost herself. She had spent countless hours at the hospital with him before he passed away, and she was his constant caregiver for several years prior to his death. After his death, she gained some weight and became depressed. Months after her husband’s…

November 1, 2013

Love and Longevity


Soon after celebrating his 80th birthday, Philip Jonsson started feeling a little O-L-D. Slowing down was unheard of in this talented businessman’s lifestyle. For many years, he had been an active member of business and civic communities in Arkansas and Texas, working in the petroleum exploration and production industry and running financial institutions. Currently, he…

February 19, 2013

UAMS Gives 86-Year-Old Artist Ability to Create


Countless hours spent hovering over his original three-dimensional works of art, chiseling and shaping and drilling the large colorful panels, is hard work for anybody. “Let alone a man of my age,” said Michael Butner, 86, a Little Rock artist. “It’s very taxing on my old bones.” So much so that Michael relies on weekly…

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