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Hendrix to host Aging in Arkansas Symposium April 2 in Cooperation with UAMS

CONWAY, Ark. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging will present “Aging in Arkansas: Current Challenges and Opportunities for Growth,” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Hendrix will host the event in Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. The symposium is free and open to the public, and geared toward senior adults and caregivers.

Dr. Robin McAtee, Ph.D., RN, FACHE, director of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS, will present the keynote address, “Alzheimer’s and Caregiving in Arkansas.” An assistant professor in the Department of Geriatrics at UAMS, McAtee has conducted research in a variety of subjects related to aging, including macro system development, caregiving, geriatric education for healthcare students and professionals, and community-based educational endeavors for older adults.

“As the older adult population grows at an unprecedented rate, we will face many challenges of aging, especially for those living with Alzheimer’s disease,” McAtee said. “The physical, behavioral, and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease create unique challenges for the patient and their caregivers. Our goal is to support health professionals and caregivers through education, training and other resources that are tailored to their needs. We believe education and training will foster meaningful efforts that create dementia-friendly communities.”

Anthropology professor Dr. Anne Goldberg and psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Peszka from Hendrix College will make a presentation on “Blue Zones,” or regions of the world known for longer human lifespans. Students will present research posters on a variety of topics related to aging.

Politics professor Dr. Jay Barth and Roby Brock of Talk Business & Politics will present results of a survey of older Arkansans conducted by the Hendrix College/Talk Business & Politics Polling Project, focused on determining the most pressing concerns of seniors across the state. 

“Some of the most important public policies center around aging Arkansans, but we rarely have the opportunity to focus on the attitudes of Arkansans over 65. This survey will analyze their attitudes towards key policies and the challenges they face as older Arkansans,” says Barth. A panel discussion moderated by Hendrix College psychology professor Dr. Ruthann Thomas will follow and will feature representatives from state government and nonprofit organizations.

Pre-registration is requested, but not required; visit or call 501-505-1540 for more information. Walk-up registration is also available.

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