South Central Center on Aging

The mission of the South Central Center on Aging (SCCOA) in Pine Bluff is to provide quality, evidence-based geriatric care and education to the citizens of the region. SCCOA actively participations in dozens of health fairs in the 10 south Arkansas counties it serves. Whether at its facility inthe I-530 Medical Mall, the grocery store or a church, these health fairs meet older adults where they frequent most.

The SCCOA offers older adults and the people who care about them screenings, including blood pressure and memory, and information on everything from chronic disease management to depression to exercise. SCCOA met with more than 22,000 people in 2009 through health fairs, and its personnel performed more than 3,600 screenings. Overall, they had more than 9,000 educational encounters, not counting their screenings.

The Senior Health Clinic, a partnership between SCCOA and Jefferson Regional Medical Center, allows better access to physician services for patients who may not live close to a hospital, physician specialist or therapy resources. It offers patient services at the clinic site, in the hospital, nursing home and, when warranted, in the home. The success of the Senior Health Clinic includes more than 8,445 visits during 2008 and 2009.

SCCOA also places equal emphasis on training the next generation of medical professionals. Medical residents and nursing students have used both SCCOA and the Area Health Education Center in Pine Bluff as learning sites, observing hands-on, day-to-day medical and mental care for older adults in south central Arkansas. These students view SCCOA and its services as a holistic approach to helping older adults live the healthiest life possible through medicine, education, exercise and engagement.

SCCOA leveraged grant and contract money for programming  worth $136,779 in 2008 and 2009.

This center serves ten counties in south central Arkansas:
SCCOA Counties
Arkansas, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke and Saline.