Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education

In 1999, The Schmieding Foundation made a significant contribution of over $15 million over a twenty year period to establish the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education (SCSHE) in Springdale, Arkansas.  Over a 20-year period, more than $10  million of the original grant has and will continue to be used to Lawrence Schmiedingoperate health and education programs for the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education for citizens of Northwest Arkansas.

The mission of this center is to improve the quality of life for older adults with an emphasis on educating more people as home caregivers to keep seniors happy and in their own homes.  Prior to 1999, Lawrence Schmieding searched for qualified home health providers in Nothwest Arkansas to help his terminally ill brother, but he could not find qualified help despite his ability to pay.  However there simply were no qualified professionals or centers available.  He declared then and there no other member of his family or community would suffer what he and his brother did in their time of greatest medical need.  After much work – The Schmieding Center of Senior Health and Education (SCSHE) was developed.

SCSHE celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009 and is nationally-recognized as the premier community-based center for healthy aging.  To add to the breadth of the SCSHE, the northwest Arkansas portion of AAI tobacco proceeds go to support two outreach centers; Bella Vista and Mountain Home.  SCSHE and its outreach centers has the mission of improving the quality of life for older adults and serves the citizens in 11 counties.  Together, the SCSHE and its two sites logged more that 26,000 educational encounters during the past two years.  This northwest location also has two senior health clinics where they had more than 37,000 visits during this same time period.  SCSHE and its outreach centers continue to provide high quality educational programs for health professionals, paraprofessionals and the community fulfilling Mr. Schmieding’s vision for an excellent quality of life for seniors and their families.

Highlights of each SCSHE outreach site include:
The annual Senior Health Fair and Options in Senior Housing Fair in Bella Vista, which educates older adults about their housing options in Benton County;  An endowment from the Mruk family, who first volunteered at the SCSHE outreach site, which made the Mruk Family Center on Aging (MFCOA) in Mountain Home possible.

This center serves eleven counties in Northwest Arkansas: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Stone, and Washington.