Northeast Center on Aging

The Center on Aging – Northeast began fiscal year 2007 by moving into a new facility.  Maj. Gen. Bill Lefler, chairman of the Arkansas Tobacco Commission, attended the open house in September 2006.  During the past 2 fiscal years the Center on Aging-Northeast provided or participated in professional and community-based education in 15 counties in Northeast Arkansas.

The Center on Aging – Northeast also boasts a very busy clinical practice and had more than 8,500 visits in the senior health clinic and more that 24,000 educational encounters.  The Center on Aging – Northeast provides Bachelor and Masters of Science degree seeking nursing students opportunities for clinical rotations through the center and clinic.  This clinical rotation allows students to experience older adults in multiple geriatric care settings, including adult day health care and senior centers.  The Senior Health Clinic also serves as a rotation site for pharmacy, social work and medical students.  The clinical component of the Center of Aging – Northeast is provided through a partneship with the St. Bernards Senior Health Clinic.  The clinic has won quality awards for instituting a pay-for-performance system to improve the health of chronically-ill patients.  St. Bernards Senior Health Clinic was presented with an Achievement Award at the annual Quality Conference sponsored by Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, which was presented for the clinic’s ability to produce and use electronic health records that help screen patients for high-risk conditions.  The clinic participates in two programs where they have very positive outcomes:  Medicare Care Managment Performance Demonstration (MCMP), which promotes using health information technology to improve the quality of patient care for chronically-ill Medicare patients, and Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), which focuses on improving a person’s complete health care.  One example of a very successful program is the partnership with Arkansas State University, and the Healthy Ager Project which was developed to provide aging adults with a personalized fitness program.  The older adult was paired with physical therapy and nursing education students.  At the end of 10 weeks, nursing and physical therapy students evaluate changes in their clients’ health, attitudes and outlook.  Students gain knowledge about community-dwelling older adults and keeping them healthy.  In 2008 and 2009, the Center on Aging – Northeast leveraged $186,641 in funds, time and resources.

This center serves fifteen counties in Northeast Arkansas: Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Cross, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, White and Woodruff.