Falls and Frailty: Finding Who’s at Risk and Keeping Them Safe

Katrina Dupins

Falling is the No. 1 reason for hospitalization of those 65 years old or older. About one third of those over age 65 will fall annually. Half the people over 80 will fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the most common and costly of all adverse events reported in hospitals. In 2010, the number … Read More

Hazards of Hospitalization: Preventing Physical and Mental Decline

Susan Van Dusen

Hospitals are intended to be places of healing. But for the elderly, hospital stays often result in unintended consequences.  Among the oldest and most vulnerable patients, these consequences may result in additional treatments, such as physical or occupational therapy. They also may limit a patient’s ability to care for themselves when and if they are able to return home.  “No … Read More

Hospital Readmission: Reducing Readmission Rates for the Medically Fragile

Nate Hinkel

When medically fragile patients are discharged after a hospital stay, there’s a high likelihood they will need to be readmitted within 30 days. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS is working to reduce those rates that cost $18 billion a year nationally. With a 2010 federal grant, UAMS used … Read More

Northwest Arkansas: Keeping People in the Community as They Age

Jon Parham

Recognizing northwest Arkansas’ reputation as a popular retirement destination, UAMS Northwest is assembling an array of programs that support healthy aging. In planning the Fayetteville regional campus that in 2009 welcomed its first students, a main goal was expanding the number of health care professionals produced in the state. Peter Kohler, M.D., UAMS Northwest vice chancellor, saw an opportunity for … Read More

Outreach: Wellness Program Open to the Community

Lauren Farabough

As Ann Smith, of Little Rock, made her way through the streets of Dublin and around the Ring of Kerry in Ireland in September 2013, she was grateful to be healthy enough to revisit her grandmother’s homeland, a place Smith last saw at age 16. Only seven years before, the 71-year-old UAMS volunteer had been 40 pounds heavier and struggling … Read More

Support Groups: Sustaining the Caregivers

Holland Doran

Being a caregiver for aging family members or loved ones can be extremely demanding — whether they have dementia or not. The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging is reaching out to both types of caregivers by offering monthly support groups for each. For caregivers of seniors without dementia, a support group began in fall 2013 to educate them … Read More

Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life During Serious Illness

Katrina Dupins

There’s more to treating an illness than finding the cure. The UAMS palliative care program focuses on relieving suffering and improving a patient’s quality of life. UAMS began its palliative care program several years ago and was the first in the state to receive an accreditation from The Joint Commission, an honor recognized nationally as a symbol of quality and … Read More

Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program: Training Equips Caregivers with Skills

Ben Boulden

Haron Watkins felt a little lost while caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. He didn’t know what to do until he found the direction he needed through the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program. Watkins recently completed 116 hours of coursework through the program. “A lot of the guilt and anxiety is gone,” Watkins said. “I look at … Read More

Arkansas Aging Initiative: Bringing Geriatric Care Close to Home

Elizabeth Caldwell

Specialized geriatric health care is not always readily available to many aging adults. And in a rural state like Arkansas, it can be even more difficult for seniors to have access to health care that takes into consideration their special needs. Through the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI), which is part of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, UAMS … Read More

Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

Lauren Farabough

When the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging opened in 2000, it was heralded as one of the few freestanding institutions in the United States dedicated to serving the needs of an aging population through education, research and patient care. Thirteen years later, the institute continues to be a leader in geriatrics for Arkansas as well as the nation. … Read More