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‘Creating Livable Communities for Older Arkansans’ Symposium Set for April 17 at Hendrix College

Free event sponsored by Hendrix, AARP Arkansas, UAMS’ Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative

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Leslie W. Taylor, 501-686-8998
Wireless phone: 501-951-7260

Mandy Shoptaw, 501-612-4108
AARP Arkansas, Associate State Director Communications and Outreach

Amy Forbus, 501-450-1462
Wireless phone: 501-707-4230  

CONWAY, Arkansas (April 4, 2023) — As the average age of Arkansas’ population rises, so does the urgency of planning for walkable streets, diverse transportation options and housing, and a variety of activities and services. “Creating Livable Communities for Older Arkansans” will provide information and encourage action surrounding these issues. 

The symposium takes place Monday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in Worsham Hall within the Hendrix College Student Life & Technology Center (building 2 on the current campus map). A remote participation option will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

The event, co-sponsored by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and AARP Arkansas, is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. 

The program will feature a variety of speakers and topics, including:

  • Mike Watson, director of livable communities for the national office of AARP, will provide an overview of livable communities.
  • Ashley McBride, state director of AARP Arkansas, will share about livable communities on the local level.
  • Hendrix students from this semester’s Policy Analysis course will present findings from a statewide survey on older adult priorities for livable communities, conducted through the Hendrix College/Talk Business & Politics Polling Project, and will make policy recommendations to increase Conway’s livability for its older adult population.

The symposium includes a Q&A with presenters, including AGEC outreach coordinator Laura Spradley and a representative from the City of Conway. The event concludes with a reception at 4 p.m. 

This program and the AGEC are supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant of $3.7 million from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit

About AARP 

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

About UAMS

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,240 students, 913 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram