The mission of the Texarkana Regional Center on Aging (TRCOA) is to provide quality, evidence-based geriatric care and education to improve the quality of life for the citizens ofthe region. TRCOA’s educational programs focus on a varietyof programs that include Alzheimer’s disease, depression,exercise, and pain management. Health fairs, support groups, referral for service and personal assistance for older adult individuals are also provided by TRCOA’s skilled staff.Because more Americans are retiring and they demand the best in technology, research and care to make their years as older adults healthy, comfortable and fulfilling, it is crucial for the Centers on Aging in Arkansas to stay current in its resources. In September 2009, the TRCOA proudly unveiled a state-of-the-art education center made possible by state General Improvement Funds. The only Center on Aging in Arkansas to offer a geriatric telemedicine and telehealth program, TRCOA’s new facility partners with Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas to serve older adults in 10 counties in southwest Arkansas.
TRCOA uses its new education and telehealth equipped facility for continuing education programs for health care professionals, which allows them to stay in their hometown rather than travelling to another city. Medical residents and nursing students also use the facility as a learning site where they learn about geriatric care in an atmosphere where senior adults also learn about their health. Telehealth also allows medical professionals and older adults a way to communicate without appointments, travel or inconvenience. Older adults also can use telehealth to learn more about their health conditions and how to manage them.
In 2008 and 2009, TRCOA had 7,500 visits and leveraged $68,545 in funding, time and in-kind services.
The center serves nine counties Clark, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller,Nevada, Pike and Sevier in southwest Arkansas.