LITTLE ROCK – The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock will host an event to simulate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia on Thursday, May 5.
“The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Experience: Take a Walk in Their Shoes” will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, located at 629 Jack Stephens Drive. The experience takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Call 501-526-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
The event will simulate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including loss of hearing, vision, sensory nerves, fine motor skills and onset of arthritis and neuropathy. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the physical challenges and sensory disorders common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia so that caregivers and health care providers can become more empathetic with those individuals. This will thus enable them to provide care and living environments that are more sensitive and suitable for these individuals.
This program is sponsored by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC), the Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. The AGEC 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.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.