UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative Partners at the September 16 Disaster Preparedness Event for Seniors

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Blood pressure tests will be offered at the “Disaster Preparedness for Seniors” event Sept. 16 at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

The event is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock. Free parking will be available.

“Educating older adults about disaster preparedness and the various resources available is essential to ‘aging in place’ efforts. Education and events like this help seniors who may live alone or who have health issues to be better prepared for any type of disaster,” said Laura Spradley, MS, Outreach Coordinator for the AGEC.

Participants can receive free blood sugar and blood pressure tests from members of the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services. Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, EMT, will provide training in bleed control and choking treatment, and the Red Cross will provide a hands-only CPR lesson. The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative and UAMS Emergency Preparedness Department will teach participants how to prepare a disaster kit.

The event will include presentations by Jess Alvarado of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management on earthquake preparedness in Arkansas; Andy Traffanstedt of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on County Disaster Preparedness; ARConnectNow on disaster management; and the Red Cross on home fire prevention.

Pulaski Heights UMC offers educational and entertainment programs for older adults throughout the year as part of their Primetimers and Friends ministry.

The Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters each year, and most of them are residential fires. To help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries, the Red Cross educates communities about fire safety and prevention, installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them, and responds to fires and disasters.

UAMS ARConnectNOW is a free, virtual mental health program offering Arkansans of all ages help with mental health issues. More information is available at

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

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