Arkansas Aging Initiative

Developed by the Reynolds Institute at UAMS, the Arkansas Aging Initiative has developed eight satellite Centers on Aging throughout the state.  No other state in the country has a similar network of health care and educational services for seniors.  Through these Centers on Aging, every older adult in Arkansas can reach quality health care in less than 60 minutes.  Educational programs are available for older Arkansans, their families, students, health care professionals and the general public in nearly every county in the state.

The AAI was born through partnerships with UAMS’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), statewide Area Agencies on Aging, local and regional hospitals, local colleges and universities, and communities.  Some funding for the AAI is provided through Arkansas’ share of the national tobacco settlement – Arkansas is the only state in the union that chose to use the settlement monies to improve the state’s health.

The mission of the AAI is to improve health outcomes of older Arkansans through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative educational programs.  An additional focus of the program is to influence health policy at the state and national levels with an emphasis on the needs of rural older adults.

In 2009, the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI program received a $3,015,565 grant from the Reynolds Foundation funding the replication of the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program. Between 2009 and 2012, sites were established in Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana and West Memphis. In 2012 the Reynolds foundation gave the AAI an additional grant of $7.9 million to continue the initial programs and to add sites in Ft. Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and El Dorado. All eight programs will be up and running by October 2013. The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program provides education and skills training to individuals caring for older adults in the home. The program originated in Northwest Arkansas and was made possible because of the generosity of Lawrence H. Schmieding who foresaw the need for quality trained home caregivers and education of family members. More information on the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program can be found on the web at http://uamscaregiving.org/.

SeniorNet

SeniorNet‘s Little Rock Learning Center was established in 1994 by a group of nine volunteers under the auspices of ArkansasABLE. In the ensuing years the organization has grown to thirty-two volunteers, including nine instructors. More than 4000 students have benefited from their efforts in those years.

SeniorNet of Little Rock was incorporated as a non-profit, all volunteer organization, in 1999 for the purpose of providing computer training to Seniors aged 50 and over, to enhance their lives and broaden their horizons through computer skills and use of the Internet and World Wide Web. It is sponsored by and made possible through generous contributions from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Microsoft Corporation and AT&T.

Classes meet on the UAMS campus in room 2156 of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Parking is free immediately in fron of the building, with entrance at Jack Stephens Drive.

Twelve courses of instruction are offered, beginning with Fundamentals of Computers and Introduction to Computers. Each course consists of sixteen hours of hands on training in a classroom with eleven computers. Classes meet at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday of each week for four weeks, beginning the first week of each month.

Community Programs

Programs of interest to the public are held on a regular basis at the Reynolds Institute.  For information on programs, please send an email to:  agec@uams.edu

AARP Driving Course

For course locations, online course, and information on the AARP Driver Safety Course, please click here for their website.  Thank you and stay safe and smart!