West Central Center on Aging

The West Central Center on Aging (WCCOA) in Fort Smith, Arkansas Provides resources to older adults and their adult children serving as caregivers.  Serving 14 counties, WCCOA accomplishes its mission of providing quality educational and geriatric care to older Arkansans and their families in West Central Arkansas through community and continuing education programs, exercise classes, health education courses and fairs, and special events such as Healthy Taste of the Holiday Season and other wellness seminars.  During the past two years, WCCOA had more that 15,000 ecuational encounters.  WCCOA also partners with Sparks Regional Medical Center to provide clinical services to their older adults in the senior health clinic and had more than 7,000 visits during 2008 and 2009.

The WCCOA focuses on helping older adults and the people who love them, live the healthiest and most active life possible. By providing comprehensive geriatric healthcare and education for older adults living in West Central Arkansas. Examples of programs and resources utilized are Tai Chi for Seniors and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Tai Chi is appealing to older adults as they can do it anywhere they’d like – inside or out – and it improves both physical and mental well-being.

Education programs WCCOA schedules throughout the year include Living Well with Diabetes, which is made possible by a partnership with St. James Missionary Baptist Church and its nurse ministry program. A host of other health and wellness education programs were presented with the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Rural Health Education Interactive Program, Sparks Medical Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and the Areas Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas.

WCCOA leveraged $70,888 in funding, time and in-kind services during 2008 and 2009.This center serves fourteen counties in north central Arkansas: Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Perry, Polk, Pope, Scott, Sebastian, Van Buren and Yell counties